Wednesday, May 2, 2012
London, England - 2006 Trip
In 2006, my husband and I decided to stay in London for a few days after IPEX. I was looking forward to London. I've read many books set in London, and had an image in my head. Uh oh! Expectations! We know where this is going...
My strongest memory about our time in London is that I couldn't get warm. I was cold all the time. Hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot baths, hot showers, indoor activities. We even went shopping for sweaters, so I would dress warmer. Nothing worked. I was just plain cold. I shivered until my skin actually became sensitive and then I shivered some more. I have no idea why. My husband wasn't that cold and neither were any of the people we met.
We took photos outside Buckingham Palace and in a field of flowers nearby - I want to say daffodils.
I usually review all the restaurants from our trips - or at least most. In this case, there was only one restaurant that was memorable. We stumbled on it by accident, and I no longer remember the name. It was a little Indian place with tasteful decor and tasty food.
Our hotel, Hotel Saint Gregory (now Crowne Plaza London Shoreditch) was really nice though it bordered an area that seemed to be undergoing a revitalization. There was a lot of construction going on when we were there. Our room was clean and comfortable. The decor was modern and inviting.
So, all in all, I think it would've been more enjoyable if we'd been less hung up on making it to see the touristy stuff. We ran around so much during the day that by the time we finished dinner (usually around 9:30 or 10), we were too tired to even attempt to enjoy the night life. So, my advice if you're going to London, don't worry so much about the stuff you think you "should" see and concentrate on the things you really want to do.
T. L. Cooper grew up on a farm in Tollesboro, Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared online, in books, and in magazines. Her published work includes a novel, All She Ever Wanted, five books of poetry, and a book of short stories. When not writing, she enjoys yoga, golf, creating plant-based recipes, and traveling. Currently, she resides in Albany, Oregon.