28 October 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Central London

I have to admit, London was not my most favorite city. We did some sight-seeing, interspersed with meeting up with friends and family. This will be my last post about this town, and who knows, I don't know when I will be back again. Perhaps, after the numerous encounters with Orwellian CCTVs, I might not visit again for a while.

But yes, I was surprised at the numerous cameras that are all over the place. In fact, I started taking photographs of the signs saying there is a camera in operation. I suppose when you are in London, you cannot escape the camera, and you will be photographed one way or another, wherever you go.

There are just signs everywhere, saying that a CCTV camera is in operation. I remember transiting Heathrow Airport back in 2008, on my way from Chicago to Copenhagen. That was the first time I have been to Heathrow Airport, and sure enough, it felt like every 3 meters, there was a camera in operation capturing my image.

And yes, there are signs for other things too, like signs that tell you that you shouldn't skateboard here, signs that say that you should be quiet here, and so forth. It was really very Orwellian, with plenty of signs telling people that they are being watched, and that their behavior is controlled. Totally not my thing.

Anyway, I have seen more than just cameras in London. I have also seen the Thames River, as well as the numerous attractions and things to see lined up along its banks.

I've seen the Tate Modern, which was covered in a different entry, as well as the various things alongside this river. I saw the Eye, the London Bridge, the Tower of London, as well as other sights whose photos appear above. Walking alongside the banks of the river was an enjoyable experience, but unfortunately, the weather could use a little bit of improvement.

The photos above show you London City Hall, as well as Buckingham Palace, as well as other pretty buildings, both old and new. We even went to the Cutty Sark, which was on the other side of the city. And I even found the Hotel Savoy, which was the location of the final pivotal scene in the movie "Notting Hill", where Hugh Grant interrupts Julia Roberts' press conference and proposes to her.

So there, this is the end of my travelogues covering the vacation my partner and I did back in March, covering Bologna, San Marino, Tuscany, and London. I can't believe it's been months already since that happened. Don't worry, there are more trips to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime, however, I think there are a few entries from Berlin that will come up soon, after all, we have been exploring our home city as well.


  1. Yep, I noticed this too. And apparently it doesn't help "fighting crime" that much. It always makes me think of this sentence I read on a demonstration banner once: "1984 was NOT supposed to be an instruction manual".

    1. Zhu,

      Haha, it was not meant to be an instruction manual, and yet I suppose everyone thought it was. So weird.