Contrary to popular belief, the London is not all ‘Tea and Crumpets’ British.
In reality, it is a diverse buzzing hub filled with rich colors, educational, fashionable, traditional people, sights galore, and so much left to stay in inexpressible categories. The April springtime was chilly but brisk, with beautiful calm skies. The most consistent and unforeseen phenomena was speaking in the most proper, clean-cut English but still finding oneself completely flustered and ‘lost in translation’. It gave new meaning and understanding to the regional differences of the English language!
Now I chuckle about it when musing through the endless photos I snapped off when walking through Westminster and Piccadilly Circus very very lost (but you can certainly be okay with lost when you find the most modern and amazing shopping on this strip, all located in the very heart of London!). Unlike car-crazy America, the Europeans actually utilize and make public transportation appealing, as the entire system is heavily monitored, making it much more functional and efficient. I verified this when hopping on the Paddington Underground Station, seeing all the Londoners, business men and women, families, and other tourists hopping on the metro’s, layered buses, and even the cabs. There were plenty of individual drivers but crowds more on the trains and buses!
Another funny phenomena was how the Europeans love, no, adore, wearing black. That is the only color. As the Americans wear blue jeans, they wear their black suits, hats, leather boots, leather pants, gloves, coats, etc. I actually researched this before my 2012 spring trip and prepared a black long-waist trench-style coat, winter leggings, and other miscellaneous black items. Needless to say, it paid off! I fit right in Europe with my black ensemble paired with a colorful scarf and a black umbrella. The only part that gave me away was the gigantic bright purple back pack on me since we were literally hiking from London all the way down to Rome. Needless to say, I was very grateful when there was an opportunity to take a bus, train, or shuttle.
As they say when you step off the Underground Station in London, Mind The Gap.
A photo of me on the London Eye, at it’s highest point in the rotation. The EDF Energy London Eye can be found on the South Bank of the river Thames. Across from this, one can find the Houses of Parliament. Notice Big Ben (The Great Bell) perched right there behind me.
A photo I snapped right when I walked up to my first Underground Station (the Tube) in London.
Red Telephone, Double Decker Bus, and the Underground Station make London truly unique. Source: Nemonic
- 103. The tunnels at Piccadilly Circus (150greatthingsabouttheunderground.com)
- Travelling about London (sthosdkane.wordpress.com)
- London Last Day (allanrm1948.wordpress.com)
- My London must-see list (shutterfly.com)
- Save time on Tube with the station shortcuts app (standard.co.uk)