There are now two cities in my life which I truly have an immense respect, London & New York. Sounds cliché right ?
London was always my ‘ Holy Land’ i have so many memories of family trips growing up. It’s also partly my father’s fault, he always had a lovely smile every time there was a prospect of being in London.
What mesmerises me the most is, how the old and the new live in harmony and integrate so well with each other. (Till a certain extent)
The freedom of style hits me too, being from a tiny island it’s not always acceptable or rather frowned upon if you are too wild! In London you can see faces and attire’s that ooze confidence, character, lifestyle and of course budget. Nevertheless it’s fascinating in its own way.
What about historical buildings or area’s to mention a few of my favourites, the Big Ben, London Bridge, Victoria Station,Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace , St James Park, Selfridge, Kew Gardens , Harrods and the lovely Victorian Grosvenor Hotel what beauties.
The crisp cold air, im sorry i am being weird but I absolutely love that feeling. Especially when i am running around Oxford Street in the freezing December to get all the Christmas shopping done, the cold helps indeed. ( to push more and more shopping hehehe)
The Royal Family, whatever anyone says, it’s a gem to have living history there on your doorstep. The thought of having tea with the Queen ….oh what a dream that would be. (hands in your palms? im weirder )
No wonder I listen to BBC Radio 1 daily. For some reason knowing that they are bang on Regent street I feel connected with London especially when i am listening to the DJ’s speak. ( right, booking a flight now!!!)
So what would compare to this, of course New York.
I have been to New York once and if it wasn’t for the pricey air fare and the long distance I would go for weekends just to sit on a bench in central park.
This place has so many buildings I have seen on TV and Movies, its like a balloon of images bursting in your brain. The Yellow cabs it’s a signature, sex and the city is everywhere I turn; am I actually in a movie?
I have written in my 2nd blog about the Empire state building, there are obviously other lovely locations that I liked ;Time Square, Brooklyn, Harlem, China Town, Central Park, The Upper East side, the Flatron building and the great Macy’s!
New York is like a pumping heart, blood flowing through the arteries, that is NYC. That is how it looks! It literally never sleeps!
Going through the streets is such a thrill, looking at all the Italian cafe’s , restaurants that pleasantly integrate with the city, shops aligned with flowers to soften the harsh brick walls, the cast iron emergency stairs on the old buildings. Harsh as it is, it looked lovely to me.
These are a few of my favourite things ; maybe because these cities have gone through so many mile stones, seen so many historical events, downfalls, new buildings , new beginnings and it is there that richness and beauty of these cities lays and its there were I get my respect.
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