Time flies… I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t use this all-too-common, banal phrase at least once in a couple of months. I’m not an exception. Even though I try to enjoy every moment of my life without feeling any regrets about the time missed, once in a blue moon “Where did all this time go? Gosh, it flies so fast.” come out of my mouth. These two sentences appear in my lexicon more frequently at the end of the year. This it the time when I tend to meticulously evaluate what was accomplished. Photo diaries become especially useful in reminding me about all the places we visited and reliving some special moments from the past 12 months over and over again. I still get that pinch-me-moment every time our little “Freezing London” picture collection looks back at me from the screen of my space grey MacBook.
We visited the British capital back in March. It was our first time in the city and country. Although spring was officially ruling the calendar, London seemed to continue to abide to unwritten laws of cruel winter. It was extremely windy and cold. “Freezing London” is how the city got to register in my head, and, thus, it became the name of our personal photo diary.
First Impression of London
Despite the unforeseen weather conditions, the United Kingdom’s main city rewarded us with some of the most cherished memories of the year. We arrived at Heathrow airport late in the evening. It was snowing. The thin layer of fresh white blanket quickly covered streets, cars, and roofs of the building. Oh wow, not a bad welcome! Totally unexpected, but so lovely!
However, what was waiting for us less than an hour later was… hmm… disappointing. Our hotel room was, to put it nicely, beyond the standards of such a classy city. Two dormitory-look-like beds occupied most of the not particularly clean space. Tiny shelving, a couple of chairs, and counter desk by the window were pretty much the only furniture in the room. Definitely, it was not the best place to stay or start collecting pieces of any kind of photo diary. We had two options: either to dwell on our feelings of dissatisfaction and let them ruin the vacation or let them go and enjoy freezing London despite all the odds. We chose the second.
London is a Dream City, After All
And indeed, all unpleasant images of the hotel vanished as soon as we got outside the next morning. There was London like you see on pictures of numerous magazines or in movies. Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, the Thames River, red double-decker buses, the Queen’s Guard – all the places and things you ever want to see. The way people dressed, talked, followed rules spoke about traditional British traits. This city was a dream come true.
I was staring at everything with my eyes wide open and pressed shutter button of my camera so often (I’m that traveler who desperately needs to create photo diaries of every new destination) that it probably was the only activity that kept me warm in sunny, yet super freezing capital of Great Britain. Way before out trip to London, we decided to ditch Uber and instead jump on Hop-on Hop-off city tour bus. I’m not going to brag how smart we were doing this, but it turned out to be the best way along with a lot of walking in-between the short rides to explore cold London, take ample of beautiful pictures for our family photo collection, and simply stay within budget (who doesn’t want to save some money?).
With such a short introduction to the city, make yourself ready, grab a cup of hot tea to stay warm and cozy, and join me. I hope you enjoy this London photo diary with brief comments to make the experience complete.