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People who travel to London have a specific and personal idea of the city in their mind. This is why a trip to London is a trip full of symbols.
Big Ben, or the Tower Bridge, or the London Eye are what come first to mind to some people. To some others it’s the Royal Family and their gossip which is lately all over social media. Because now if you say in all the papers you are definitely old-fashioned.
Someone thinks of London as the home of pop, punk and rock music with its Rolling Stones and their neighbors from Liverpool: the Beatles. But also the legendary Queen, Clash, Sex Pistols, or the “newer” Blur.
Who holds on more to their childhood memories thinks of Peter Pan.
Who loves the theatre sees London as the beating heart of shows, musicals and plays.
To some others it’s about beer and fish & chips, the red double-decker buses, the rain, the Thames, the red phone boxes, the black cabs, the left-hand drive, the guards with their big furry black hats.
For me London is like a second home. I go there often and when I let too much time pass without me going I get “Londonsick”.
The first time I had the chance to travel to London was December 2008 with my sister Laura. After this trip we promised each other that we would travel once a year to discover new European cities together.
We got completely carried away by the city’s Christmas spirit. London is at its best with its lights, decorations and markets during the Christmas holidays.
Our traveling schedule to visit London in 5 days was pretty busy! We like to take the most out of our time to explore and visit as much as possible.
Then I came back to London several times to visit Simona and Federico who moved to London a few years ago. I met them when I was working on the ship and they have become two great friends of mine.
On these occasions I could see London with different eyes. At a more relaxed pace and off the beaten track for tourists. So I took my time to run in beautiful parks and to explore unusual areas in and around London.
I went back again to London a few months ago with my parents and my aunt for our annual ritual of traveling. It’s been years since we have talked about it and we finally got to visit this amazing city together.
Even if I traveled to London many times, each trip is different. There are always new things to do and London changes each month of the year.
In autumn you can wander around the parks with their trees in colors. In winter you can look for shelter inside the free museums of the city and in the traditional pubs at night. At Christmas time walk around the markets along the Thames with some hot chocolate in your hands and try different cookies. And in spring and summer finally enjoy a full day of sunlight around the streets and the parks of the city.
And even if each travel to London is different, there is always something that will never change for me: in London it always feels like home.