Some say the best thing about London is Paris! I would say the best thing about London is not just one thing.
London can be majestic and simple, noisy and quiet, crowded and still, very posh and very normal. Depending on your preference or daily moods, you may place yourself in the desired category. Because, thank God, there is plenty of each and everything to see and experience in this city! I actually felt I could never get bored there. And, of course, because time was so limited, I went mainly for all things in the first category!
Soho was love at first sight, full of life, color, bars, cafes and restaurants. If I lived in London, I would go to Soho every evening. And to Portobello Market – every Saturday or Sunday! I don`t remember seeing a more crowded market ever in my life, but the amount of good food to grab would definitely make it worth.
Talking about food, there was a food market almost everywhere (we even discovered one under a bridge) with people standing and eating all around. Talking about food a bit more, I loved the fish`n`chips, the English breakfast and everything else I ate while in London!
I`ve never seen a more crowded shopping street than Oxford street (and I have never spent so much money on shopping than on Oxford street) or a more suffocating underground than in this city.
All the time, when in a very transited area, you get this feeling that there are just too many people living in London and you are wondering if you could face all this population on a daily basis. It just seems too much to handle.
However, the answer is yes, if I lived in Notting Hill. Are people actually living in those beautiful white houses? How is that possible? 🙂
Getting back to the “too many people” feeling, I guess that`s the price to pay for living in the middle of everything (I had the feeling that you can find all you might ever need here), in an amazing vibrant city, which seems to be telling you at every step “Hey you, we British people once ruled the world, you know? Don`t forget that, ok?” How could we ever?
Walking down the main streets, your attention might be drawn by the amount of very well dressed people. Don`t wear basic clothes, unless you want to feel useless. Or invisible.
One thing I really didn`t appreciate though was hearing a phrase I haven`t heard for two years (that is, before moving to Amsterdam): “No photos, please!” And it happend two times in five minutes, in a public place. Well…
To summarize all these, the moment I set foot back in Amsterdam after this experience I really felt we are living in a village here! One that we love very much, true, and where we can take as many photos as we want to. But that`s another story.
P.S. I am sorry, but I just couldn`t make a more rigorous selection of the photos, I just liked too many of them too much! Enjoy.