Some final thoughts on London

London or Paris?

I pose the question to Lamia whenever we visit a big city. If you had your choice, would you spend a week here or in Paris? It’s a question I know the answer to before I ask.

But I figured, if there’s a city that could knock Paris off its perch, it might be London.

London is a great city to visit. There’s no shortage of excellent restaurants, a wide variety of cultural and historical attractions, a world-class public transportation system, theater offerings second only to New York City and a modern aesthetic that sets it apart from many of its European counterparts.

For Americans, London is familiar and comfortable, if not a bit expensive.

I don’t know either city well enough to have experienced everything they have to offer.

Yet, Paris has a … je ne sais quoi. Whether it’s real or romanticized, there’s something about sitting in a Paris cafe with your espresso and pastry that doesn’t seem to have an equivalent in London. While on the other hand, London just seems like a friendlier place than Paris, or New York, for that matter.

Really, there’s no wrong answer to the question. I’d gladly spend a week in either city.

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Lamia in front of Buckingham Palace. Photo by Joe Newman.

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  • Janice

    October 29, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Having not been to either city, I fantasize about je ne sais quoi…can one choose a city over another even if you have never been there?

  • Cosmic Smudge

    October 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    If you can get to one, then you can get to the other pretty easily via plane or train. I say plan a trip that includes both cities and then come back here and let us know which one you liked best.