Monday, July 4, 2011


In London, life is invigorating. That's why people visit and then come back time and time again
The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said: "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." More than two centuries have passed since Johnson's era, but even today reviewers agree that this two-millennia-old city remains one of the most exhilarating places on earth.
Here, what's antiquated -- the Tower of London, built in 1078 -- clasps hands with the contemporary -- the Millennium Bridge, finished in 2000. The gray foggy climate settles in a city that still performs Shakespeare but with actors who don modern garb. Londoners most certainly still awe at Prince William and his new fiancée, Kate, but they also rock out to Coldplay and Lily Allen. And while they still sip tea, they now drink Starbucks, too. A current-day leader in everything from politics and banking to fashion and music, London also keeps its history alive, and interested guests can still trace Jack the Ripper's steps on an evening tour, or watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.


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