Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In Love with London

London.  It's kind of like New York, only better.  The people are polite, the museums are free, and the streets are pedestrian-friendly.

People do nice things with window boxes.

There are fire-engine red double-decker buses with fuzzy plaid seats on which you can sit right above the driver with your nose pressed up against the windshield, watching the ever-present rain.

Or you can eat dinner in them.  My bff from college, J,  is studying at LSE and took me to Rootmaster on my first night in town.  It's a fun vegan restaurant (or "bustaurant, as they call it) in an empty lot.  The first floor has been converted into a kitchen and the top floor has a few tables.  At night they play Hotel Costes compilations and light the tables with votives.  Very sexy.

One of many "circuses".  Picadilly?  Oxford? I don't know...

The Tate Modern: One of many of the city's free museums. 

Even the ugly things seem pretty:

Earth has not anything to show more fair: 
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by  
A sight so touching in its majesty:  
This City now doth like a garment wear  
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, 
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie 
Open unto the fields, and to the sky; 
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. 
Never did sun more beautifully steep 
In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill; 
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep ! 
The river glideth at his own sweet will: 
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep; 
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

 ~William Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

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