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Sunday 7 November 2010

The Big Smoke.

She drives me nuts, but I still love her.

The traffic congested roads, the endless roadworks, the never-ending ambulance and police sirens, the overpriced-shoe-box-size housing, the idiotic congestion charge, the congested tube network, the overpriced restaurants that serve sick-inducing food, the crappy weather, the comic-looking mayor...

I could go on and on about the reasons why I should hate her, but my love for her is only matched by my love for Range Rovers. They are a nightmare to own but just like a naughty child, you still love them unconditionally because deep deep down in your heart their shortfalls are the reasons why you love them in the first place, otherwise it would be boring and mundane.

Cold sweats occur everytime I'm away from her, and then I realise how much I terribly miss her. She keeps surprising me all the time with her hidden gems. I never know what to expect each time I leave my house because there's always something up her scandalous sleeve - that little boutique that wasn't there last week, the little street/alleyway that I never knew existed.

It's the place where you'll find all races from all over the world in living in peace and harmony along each other, the haves living right next to the have nots.

The Victoria and Albert museum, the view from Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, the view of St. Paul's Cathedral at night from Millenium Bridge and The Tate Gallery, Harrods, The Ritz hotel at Green park, St. James, Carnarby Street and many other places that I keep revisiting just to see what's new.

And that my friends, is why this place that seven million souls call home captured my heart and never let go. If you don't know by now, I'm talking about London town...

Do you love your city as much as I love mine?


Fashion Ranger said...

I like these photographies. Some of them have great perspectives! Great text aswell.
Fashion Ranger

Unknown said...


well this is me with London:

I LOVE YOU i hate you I HATE YOU i love love love love you!

As you can see, it is a rather passion affair.

Biana said...

Great pictures to acompany your beautiful love-hate letter to London.

The Photodiarist said...

As you probably know already, I do love my city immensely.

Connie Staccato said...

Yes, I love Chicago, for many of the same reasons. I spent a few weeks in London once, and your beautiful photos make me homesick.

Nadine2point0 said...

LOVE my city - the original capital of Canada. I'll have to post some images some time of our beloved historic sites and hoppin' downtown core.
Used to have a love/hate thing with Toronto so I appreciate this post. And great photos!!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean, David. 25 years living in Berlin has never infused with the love I feel for London. She's like a living, unruly organism that does what she wants - driving you insane, but always staying charming and surprising!

Fashionistable said...

Perfect. You are so right. I love London too. I didnt realise how much until I started my street style blog. Xxxx

Snore.Fest said...

Like a turbulent relationship with a bipolar disorder sufferer, when the highs are high it seems the city is swaddling you in a blanket of innovation, energy and desire. When the lows are low, you feel an outsider & in the cold (quite literally now)

It's a lovely post.

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