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.
Photos by Joe Newman.