Oh England, My Lionheart….

Things about our trip to London, in no particular order:

  1. London has changed a lot in the last twenty years.
  2. Even though Harrod’s is the world-renowned department store/tourist destination, I prefer Selfridge’s.
  3. Dear lord, London is expensive.
  4. It’s very much worth it, however.
  5. Though Londoners think their city is filthy, it’s cleaner than most cities I’ve visited in the U.S.
  6. This includes St. Louis.
  7. There were already a lot of American chain stores and restaurants in London the last time I was there, in 1992. I’m sad to say they’ve proliferated exponentially since then.
  8. We avoided almost all of them, however.
  9. People in Central London seem very fashion-conscious. Smart outfits for both men and women abounded.
  10. I don’t think all of these people are shopping at Marks & Spencer, are they?
  11. Our friend Bob turned us on to the Uniqlo brand from Japan. If we lived near a store, I’d probably replace my entire wardrobe.
  12. Fortunately, their only U.S. store is in New York and they don’t do sales online.
  13. The U.K. site does, however. I wonder how much shipping would be.
  14. Our friend Tricia asked us to bring her some stationery supplies from Muji. We’d never heard of this either. I’m officially addicted. And their U.S. website does take orders. Someone chain up my wallet.
  15. For a city of 10 million people, it’s incredibly easy to get around London.
  16. Their Underground system is a lot easier to understand than New York’s subway.
  17. That said, the District Line still confounds me sometimes.
  18. Even though we ate like pigs, I didn’t gain any weight. I attribute this to all of the walking we did.
  19. Lordy, Londoners walk a lot.
  20. That’s probably why I saw so few cases of morbid obesity.
  21. Food in England gets a bad rap. It’s undeserved. We went to a bunch of different restaurants and never had a bad meal.
  22. Pub food is especially good.
  23. Probably because it’s accompanied by a pint.
  24. No one batted an eye when we had an early lunch at 11:30 and I ordered a Guinness to go with it.
  25. I could eat ice cream every day there.
  26. Dogs in London are abundant, and abundantly well-behaved. It’s not uncommon to see a dog walking down the street a few paces ahead of his or her owner. When they get to an intersection, the owner simply says “stop,” and the dog, amazingly, stops.
  27. If there’s food nearby, however, all bets are off, and the collar goes back on.
  28. The memory usually cheats, so I wasn’t sure if I’d feel the same way about London now as I did when my parents lived there. This trip confirmed that it’s still my favorite city in the world.
  29. Not that I’ve been to all that many cities.
  30. Can we go back now, please?

5 thoughts on “Oh England, My Lionheart….

  1. Love me some London and try to go every other year at minimum.

    Huge Muji store in NYC nest to the new NYT headquarters.

  2. I’m so pleased you love London. Me too. I love all British cities, which, as a Brit, I’m not supposed to. Although my favourite city in the world is Budapest. Or Munich. Or Amsterdam. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this, thank you! 😀

    • My pleasure, Rebecca! I loved London the first time I visited as a teenager in 1985, and I loved it even more when my parents lived there from 1988 to 1992. I had wondered if the magic would have worn off. I was pleased to discover that it hadn’t.

    • Marika, I love my Moleskine, but I’m a total stationery slut. I’ll use everybody’s. Of course, all the Muji stationery I bought was for my friend Tricia. I got myself a wallet, biz card holder, and a really nicely scented candle that was only five bucks.

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