…and sometimes I love it. We had a weekend break in London. The weather was glorious and whilst strolling the bustling London streets I felt…at home. Strange, considering I’d love nothing more than to buy a cottage out in the country and live a slightly hermit-like existence, burying myself in my books and enjoying a quiet life virtually stranger-free. But I loved it in London. No one looked twice at the white woman wearing a headscarf. It made a lovely change from being stared at, spat at, and called “white Paki.” The people were actually friendly.
But it was more than just the lack of racism. It’s just such an amazing place. Bursting with history, crammed with people speaking all languages; I heard French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and many more that I didn’t recognise. Beautiful architecture, wisteria in full bloom climbing up the terraced houses, a myriad of adorable and tempting boutiques, maddening one-way systems, surprisingly clean streets, endless places to eat, constant police sirens; the noise was ceaseless.
I was a typical tourist, gawking at everything, snapping photos left and right.
On Saturday we strolled through Notting Hill, then visited the Natural History Museum. Here is the entrance:
And just look at that ceiling…
When I’m rich I’m having that in my house. Well, not that one, but a copy. Just waiting to win the lottery (which I don’t play) or for a rich relative (which I don’t have) to die. Any day now…
On Sunday we did the touristy thing and walked along the Thames. Here are some highlights:
Harrod’s, which I really wanted to go into, but didn’t have time:
The iconic red double-decker:
The Big Pickle, more commonly known as the Gherkin:
I love this style of terraced house:
Another row of houses I love, this one with a bit of Wisteria. (Other houses had Wisteria leaking from their very pores, but I couldn’t get shots of those.)
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre:
Esa and Hubby, posing with the London Eye and
Th Houses of Parliament our new mansion in the background:
St. Paul’s Cathedral and some other stuff:
Some interesting sand sculptures, which the tide washed away not an hour later:
We also went into the Tate Modern (to use the restroom), which was a monstrous and rather ugly building, but I felt cosmopolitan going in.
In truth, I probably wouldn’t be happy actually living in London, but it sure is a fabulous place to visit. ♥