London – my second favorite city on the planet, and the spot of many a teenage ramble during high school, growing up in the UK. A storied and historical place that somehow maintains the strongest, staunchest sense of core British identity and history, despite the city’s embrace of its many cultural influences. Also, it’s just damn pretty. New York City (always to be the favorite) is brash and yellow to London’s staunch, classic charm and ‘red all over’ vibe. Also, NYC doesn’t have historical phone boxes. Which match the buses. Which is really nice. Although it IS decidedly easier to navigate than the rambling, wandering roads and boroughs of London.
While 72 hours isn’t that long to explore a city proper, it is adequate time to visit old favorite haunts, which is something that Scott and I were able to do to the fullest (he also studied abroad and feels at home in the city). A quick trip to Harrods, a long and leisurely stroll through the Borough Market, high afternoon tea, more (very necessary) tea shopping at Fortnum and Mason, and a long, emotional journey through the Imperial War Museum were all on the list. As well as Scott’s favorite restaurant, St John, and out of the way and spectacular Watch House Cafe nestled inside a renovated church wing. We rounded things off with a decidedly decadent feast at Amaya (not pictured due to the fact that my camera doesn’t come to dinner both due to my disdain for pictures in the dark and Scott’s equal disdain for an inattentive dinner companion).
So please, enjoy our visual journey. And speaking of visuals – join me if you could this weekend at A Faust Symphony (Listening in Color) – a fusion of art and symphonic artistry from my friends at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. A dramatic musical adaptation of Wolfgang Van Goethe’s play of the same name, this performance will present Liszt’s adaptation of the material alongside a thoroughly modern treatment of narratives presented by actors through monologue. In short, I dig it. Thank you to the HSO, as always, for providing me with tickets to this performance. Get your own tickets here!