I finally made a first pass through all my photos from our visit to London last year. There might be a few others, but I found and processed the most obvious “keepers”, in my estimation. If you have a few moments to spare, and want to see a large photo set of one of the most glorious cities in the world, you should click here to view London 2010 – a set on Flickr.
The slideshow version is here (Flash, and thus takes a moment to load).
I was thinking about London in comparison to Chicago. When I moved to Chicago from Austin, I was impressed and intrigued by the diversity and energy of the city. Austin is many things, but it isn’t a very old city, it isn’t really that big, nor overly walkable, and thus there isn’t much history to be discovered while strolling. I love to explore a place simply by walking, discovering beauty and decay partially by chance, partially by design.
London is an even larger multiple of this equation: a vibrant, diverse place with a rich mosaic of history woven into the fabric of the streets. I’ve been in London for less than two weeks, total,1 but it is easily one of my favorite cities. I could never really see myself living in Manhattan, for instance, but living in London would be grand.
A few photos for example:
- last summer and in the mid 1990’s [↩]