My Trip to London: Observations...

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  1. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    alrighty... you might recall this thread here... or noticed i was gone for a week (miss me?)...

    anyhow... a few quick observations about london... interested to hear what other people think...

    • International, but... I guess living in DC, I take for granted what an international city this is also... Was expecting to hear many different languages, but it felt a lot like home
    • Pizza Places Everywhere! Ok, seriously... whats the deal with this? How much pizza do you folks eat? Pizza Places EVERYWHERE...
    • Cider... YUM! Met wonderful folk at Buhrle (spelling?) market who kept feeding me the best cider I've ever had!
    • Boston? London reminds me of Boston, head to toe... Curvy streets, old buildings fused with modern glass structures, the subway even looks like the "T". Fanuel (spelling) Hall even looks like that outdoor market area by Liechster Square.
    • Cars No wonder iGav gets so upset about American styling... it was painful to get back to the states...
    • People "Fashion" is really what you make it- everyone wears what they wants and wears it like they own it- less cookie-cutter than the states

    I'll add more as I think of it... but this might get some conversation going...
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    You almost sound as though you quite liked it. Even if just a little bit.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I had a fabulous time! I've always enjoyed traveling because you really get to see the World through a different lens... I just didn't expect it to be so similar this time maybe?

    It shouldn't have taken me till age 23 to get over there though... blech... was having too much fun finding beaches and palm tree getaways before... :cool:

    other thoughts

    • Church: Went to Westminster Abby and St. Paul's for services... wow- I'm used to going to the national cathedral here in dc, these blew me away...
    • Art: The Courthauld is such a little hidden treasure! Saurat, Vincent, Degas, Renior, etc. And free on Mondays!
     
  4. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Somerset House as a whole is one of the best hidden treasures in London. As well as the Courtauld Gallery, they do cinema showings, gigs and an ice rink in winter in the courtyard - all in an ex-inland revenue building hidden away on the outskirts of the square mile.

    Glad you had a good time gwuMACaddict. London has its problems, but in general is a fantastic city - as is DC. Last time I was in the States I hired a bike and spent a gorgeous summer's day cycling round all the monuments
     
  5. gwuMACaddict thread starter macrumors 68040

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    yes, they were setting up the ice rink yesterday... will just have to go back this winter and take advantage :D cinema showings would be equally nice
     
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    I love London, but unlike you, I didn't see many pizza places. There are some pizza and chicken places, but I wouldn't say there are very many.

    Now kebabs......THAT is what you should be getting in London instead of pizza.
     
  7. gwuMACaddict thread starter macrumors 68040

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    oh no! i wasn't EATING the pizza, just seemed like there was lots of places to actually GET pizza everywhere i looked...
     
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    Mmmm...kebabs. Is it wrong to be having cravings for a large donner at 2.45pm? :eek:
     
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    Weird, yes. Wrong, no.
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'd love to go sometime - my only experience is Heathrow a few times. My one take-away experience from that was that, apparently, iced coffee (in particular, an iced venti coffee with two added espresso shots) is not an English thing.

    Or any iced drinks, for that matter.

    Of course, that's a huge leap based upon on airport Starbucks encounter. :)
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I agree... I didn't see any pizza places... just tons of kebab booths/carts (all throughout Europe really).

    I noticed an awful lot of pubs. ;) And when walking by, I noticed a lot of rowdy, tall, HUGE, beat-up, scarred men in shirts w/ bold striped across them. :p
     
  13. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    what, exactly, are you trying to say? :p
     
  14. iGav macrumors G3

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    A lot of people speak english when they're here, but that's because we're lazy bastards when it comes to learning other languages ;) heheh.

    Hahahahahahaha... it's true, but it's really more of an affliction of the West End more than anywhere else. ;) even Little Italy pales in comparison :p

    Did you manage to get a table at any of the places discussed in your other thread though?

    Wow, I've been London based since '99 and I've yet to find a place that sells decent Scrumpy, thanks for the tip fella. ;) Cider = mmmmmmmmmmmm :D

    heheheh, we're spoilt that's for sure, pretty much anything goes here... that's the European influence though, rewind 20 years ago, and sterling cars were VERY, VERY different I can assure you ;)

    I was in a discussion about this with a friend of mine not all that long ago(who's a fashion designer) and I was berating the fact that London fashion really is stuck in a rut, it really hasn't changed all that much for half a decade + easy, what's in fashion now, was what was in fashion 5 years ago, it's just arguably more popular now, ballet shoes, martial arts shoes, mullets, trucker caps, the works... in a way it's cool because nothing is dating at the mo, but really... where's the antidote to the anti-change brigade?
     
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    Yeah, I couldn't figure out if that was a plus or a minus for her. ;)
     
  16. Stella macrumors 604

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    Now, try finding your way OUTSIDE of London, most visitors to thee UK are unable to do so.

    Visit the rest of the UK - London isn't everything, only a small part.



     
  17. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Oooh you two are mean!

    RUGBY players gosh darn it, and you knew it, too! Hmph. *Looks the other way*
     
  18. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you still didn't answer the question. I think we knew they were rugby players. Do you like rugby players? ;)

    Me? I like female soccer players, not so much female softball players.
     
  19. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Fair point - living in London tends to blinker you to the existence of other places in the UK. I'll go with raggedjimmi and recommend Manchester.

    Avoid S****horpe though.;)

    EDIT: It appears the profanity filter knows the old joke - who put the **** in S****horpe!
     
  20. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Wow this will be the third time I've engaged in a 'hottest athletic types' discussion this week. Um, rugby players are ok if the face looks ok (yes, that's probably a rarity; gotta love the big factor, probably lift me up w/ one arm :D ), water polo yummy, some futbol/soccer players yummy, and I am partial to rowers (just not the really really skinny/lanky types). I like me some meat. ;)
     
  21. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I was in Borough Market for lunch last Friday. The Cider is indeed mmmmmmmmmmmm. Big guy with a big beard and 3 barrels marked Dry, Medium and Sweet. No strenght marked: it probably varies! They'll sell you a pint to drink there or larger volumes to take home. You need to get down there!
     
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    Mmmm. I'll take a doner any time of the day. (Is is spelled 'doner' or 'donner'? All the places I saw in France spelled it with one 'n', but that might just be the French spelling.)
     
  23. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    That is London - baby!
     
  24. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    I think you can have both. It's the same as popadoms (or puppadums, or papadoms, or...) in Indian restaurants.

    Whichever - they are both very tasty.
     
  25. martin1000 macrumors regular

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    London Rocks! I've lived in DC for 13 years, and although international, it doesn't even come close to how international London is.

    I would also agree that there seems to be a Pizza Hut on every corner!

    I've been to London three times and I have to say it is one of the best cities in the world!!!
     

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