London (Dec 31 - Jan 2)

London Travel Blog

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London is a great city for a citytrip. There are a lot of things to do and see. Not only the well-known monuments (you all know them) which every tourist sees are great, there's also a lot of entertainment. If you like Monty Python, I can assure you that you will have a great laugh if you go and see the musical Monty Python's Spamalot. If you don't like Monty Python, you just pick another musical, there are always a lot of shows you can see in the West End Area. For the stand-up comedy fans I recommend The Comedy Store, we saw the show 'The Cutting Edge' with Junior Simpson, Paul Thorne etc. We really liked it a lot! These stand-up comedians improvised almost the whole show, which is more difficult than to do one show over and over again, and they did a really great job!!! there was a lot of interaction with the public (we could chose the topics for instance).

A lot of tourists go to London to shop. We did some shopping as well. We went to Fortnum & Mason, to get some tea of course, what else :)?. If you like tea, this really is the place to be! I find some great ski gear for my trip to Chamonix, priced off 70% at Lillywhites! That really made my day. I like Soho area a lot, if you like asian food, that's where you have to get it. I'm not talking about the restaurants, but about the little supermarkets where you can find all the ingredients to make your own asian meal. Of course you can find all kinds of asian stuff in Soho too - Hello Kitty merchandising, chinese massages, chopsticks, clothing...

Now, we did go to London to celebrate New Year's Eve, so Dec 31 we were on the Embankment in front of the London Eye. More than 40000 people counting down in the same place and then the famous Big Ben announces 2008 which is just fabulous to hear! And finally...fireworks of course, amazing, it lasted for 11 minutes! The city of London spent £1 million on it! If you like fire-works, go to London on New Year's Eve. But for a "good vibe" on New Year's Eve, you really have to be in Barcelona or Rome (where I celebrated New Year's Eve before). In London, everybody started to record the fireworks, quite weird actually. In Rome and Barcelona, everybody opens a bottle of champagne, starts to dance and jump around. They all shared their booze, there were people making music with djembés. In Barcelona a few men even jumped in to a fountain and we all boo-ed the police away :). Great memories...

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