I never had any desire to visit London. It sounded wet and gray and dreary. Anything I ever really knew of London landmarks came from Beatles’ songs (now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall) and that information was, as you might guess, pretty thin.
But I was told that I would love London. And I have to admit, after a little research I was itching to see the museums, the palaces and the pubs. Vacationing in a city is fun because you don’t have a car to deal with, and the travel scales always tip in favor of an English-speaking country.
I spent the past seven days in London and I do love the city – it is beautiful. I loved the architecture and the ease of getting around and the history (which I still can’t fully grasp) and the friendly people. I loved the Victoria & Albert Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral. I even loved the way the colors of the street reflected on the wet pavement, although we only had one day with rain and even that didn’t amount to more than a shower. We had spectacular weather and we were lucky. We soaked up the sun and the centuries and I’m sure that one day I will return to see the things I missed. If all you know of London is Beatles lyrics, trust me … it’s worth exploring.