No, that is not a typo. I have never been to London.
What? How does someone manage to make it to 5 continents and consider herself a world-traveler without having been to London? I'm not sure and I realize that needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
Ok, technically...I have been to London. Several times, in fact. Those occasions are layovers through Heathrow on the way to much more exotic locations, but none of my layovers have been long enough to leave the airport, so I just cannot count them. I still have not seen the city I love.
City I love, you ask? How could I so love a city I haven't properly visited? Let me tell you: I am a long-time Anglophile!
I was a little girl in the era of Princess Diana marrying Prince Charles. I had her pictures all over my room when I was younger. Then came Fergie and I was sure I was the missing part of a very fun Princess trio. So what did I do? I wrote Prince Edward a letter asking him to marry. I made my case as seriously as a 14 year old could. I never did hear from him. Strange.
I woke up my young daughter at 4 a.m. so we could watch the royal wedding of her generation. I love the pomp and circumstance!
If you ask me my favorite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (By the way, you can download the kindle version free from that link!) I am sure I have read everything written by Agatha Christie at least 3 times. What great English mysteries they are! One of my favorites is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Read it and thank me later.
I adore Jane Austen and Agatha Christie so much that Agatha Jane was (I'm not kidding about this) on my list of potential names for Petunia. Mark would not go for it, so she does have a much prettier name. (Hint: It's English.)
Afternoon tea? English history? The Tower jewels? Changing of the Guard? Oh, for crying out loud. I need to go to London.
Your turn! If you've been or plan to go, what's on your MUST SEE list. Since my trip is still theoretical, I can include whatever I want.