For a while last year, I was posting a look back at past travels every Wednesday. Life got in the way and I stopped doing it, but I figured I’d start back up again. Today’s post is from my time in London in summer 2006. You can find the rest of my travel posts here.
Ah, London. I did a study abroad program there the summer after my sophomore year of college and – cliche though it may sound – I totally fell in love with the city. From the incredible history that surrounds you to the abundance of cultural options (museums, theater, sports) to the variety of ethnic cuisines, I loved the energy and vibe of the city. If I had to pick one “dream” city to live in for the rest of my life, it wouldn’t be New York, and it wouldn’t be Chicago – it would be London. Now, how to make that happen??
Anyway, I loved London, and I have the photographs to prove it. Since I spent a whole summer there, I have a million photos I could share and stories I could tell in this space. But, in the interest of brevity, here a few of my very favorite highlights:
Climbing to the top of St. Paul’s (the view is incredible):
Seeing the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and many other treasures at the British Museum:
Having my picture taken by a very enthusiastic Japanese tourist at Buckingham Palace:
Admiring the Chihuly chandelier (and other wonders) at the V&A Museum:
Minding the gap (of course!):
Seeing the crown jewels at the Tower of London:
Crossing Tower Bridge:
…and crossing the Millennium Bridge too:
Shopping at Harrod’s (and being thoroughly creeped out by the shrine to Diana and Dodi):
Looking up at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey:
Seeing two plays (Antony & Cleopatra and The Comedy of Errors) at the Globe Theater:
Attempting to make sense of modern art at the Tate Modern:
Soaking up the colors at Camden Lock Market:
Watching tourists imitate the Beatles crossing Abbey Road:
Running into Gordon Ramsay:
Taking a spin on the London Eye:
Falling in love with the colorful houses in Notting Hill:
Having a very refined tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace:
And enjoying a final dinner at Busaba Eathai:
As I said above, London totally stole my heart. And, coincidentally, this travel flashback is very well-timed as I’m heading back to good old London town in just a few weeks. I can’t wait to revisit some of my favorite places – and discover plenty of new ones.