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London is Calling

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FC: London Is Calling | By: Tess Sharpe |

1: London, England is one of the most popular cities in the world. Because of its many open spaces and parks, it is nicknamed "The Green City," and is visited by nearly 27 million people every year. | London is a very fashionable city, what with having some of the busiest shopping areas in the world. Even though it is, in area, the smallest city in the UK, it is the most heavily populated. With the infamous River Thames flowing through its small towns, London is a very popular tourist city. |

2: London is well-known for its architecture. The style is mostly gothic, but modern variations are made when needed. One of the most remembered events in the city's history was The Great Fire of London in 1666. Over | 14,000 buildings were destroyed. London recovered however, and because the fire destroyed the original St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren re-designed the church, and it became his masterpiece. London is home to many literary plot lines, and the authors themselves. It is also know as one of the classical music capitals of the world. |

3: Places of interest | -British Museum -Tate Modern -National Gallery -Natural History Museum -London Eye -Science Museum -Victoria and Albert Museum -Madame Tussaud's -Royal Museums Greenwich -Tower of London -Hyde Park -River Thames Bridge |

4: Historical Sites Worth Visiting | -Royal Opera House -Sadler's Wells Theatre -The House of Parliament -Royal Courts of Justice -Conway Hall -The Monument of The Great Fire of London |

5: Recreation | -Ice Skating at the London Eye. 12.50 pounds ($19.49) -World's Biggest Dart Tournament. 20 pounds ($31.18) at Alexandria Palace and Park -London Boat Show 10 pounds ($15.59) at ExCeL London -International Horse Show from 19 pounds ($29.62) at Olympia Exhibition Centre -Wembley Stadium Tour from 16 pounds ($24.94) at Wembley Stadium |

6: Arts, culture, and entertainment -Stand up comedy -Live theatre performances at The Duke of York Theatre -Becoming Picasso Art Exhibit at The Courtauld Gallery -The Muppet Christmas Carol at Netil House -Valentino fashion show at Somerset House -Richard Hamilton Art Exhibit at The National Gallery |

7: London is in the Southeast end of Great Britain, and is considered the smallest city in the UK, only covering about 0.65% of UK territory. London is known for the River Thames, which flows through Windsor, Oxford, and Reading. England is bordered by the country of Wales to the West, and Scotland to the North. |

8: It is chilly this time of year, so pack warm, and don't forget your umbrella, sometimes April showers come early! Also, bring a bit of green, because England goes all-out to celebrate its neighbors on St. Patrick's Day. | London, England is a chilly place, and it has frequent showers. The best time to travel to London is in March. This is when the first signs of spring show, and the flowers bloom beautifully. |

9: In London, the most prominent language spoken is English, but other languages, such as French, German, and Spanish are also frequently used. The currency used is the British Pound Sterling. $1 equals 1.62 pounds. There are 100 pence in 1 pound. | In London, the diet is much the same as in the U.S., with a few variations. French fries are referred to as chips, and chips are known as crisps. Afternoon tea is common, and café's are popular. London is a very fashion-forward city, so be prepared to see lots of designer styles walking around on the streets. |

10: London is the largest financial center of the world; the economy is huge, but stable. London is home to the London Stock Exchange, which is the larges stock exchange in Europe. Though many religions are popular in England, Christianity is the most wide-spread and practiced. Londoners are known for being friendly, and can be very helpful to a lost tourist. If you have a question, ask! |

11: Dear journal, Today was my first day of sightseeing in London. It is March 18th, and the flowers around the city are beginning to bloom. I walked around for a bit outside, and when it started to drizzle, I ducked into Café Koha, right off of Cranbourn Street, and borrowed a map. The owner of the café let me keep it, so I followed the set of handy directions, and headed over to Big Ben. On my way, I saw a cute telephone booth, and I felt obliged to take a picture. The lady coming out must of thought I was crazy! All in all, my first day in London was very exciting! -Tess |

12: Dear journal, It is my second day in London, and I'm feeling a bit jet-lagged. Because I am so tired, I think I will take it easy today, and maybe just go grab a coffee from that café I found yesterday, then walk over to the famous London Eye. Outside it is very dreary, and the clouds are covering the sky. Nevertheless, I believe that the view will be beautiful anyways. This evening I plan to go to dinner at Skylon, a restaurant which is just off the edge of the River Thames, and is reported to have a spectacular view, and food of the same quality. Hopefully I can get a nap in between the trips! -Tess |

13: Dear journal, This morning, I felt much more rested than I was yesterday. So, I got up at about 8 o'clock, and walked once again over to Café Koha. The coffee they have there is amazing! I've gotten to know one of the employees there, her name is Hannah. She promised to show me around a bit more today, because she doesn't have to work. She said that we had to go visit St. Paul's Cathedral, The Monument of The Great Fire of London, and that she would take me ice skating tonight at the London Eye. Hannah says that every winter through the spring, it is still cool enough to put up the ice rink there, and that it really is beautiful at night. I'm really excited! -Tess |

14: Dear journal, Today is my fourth, and final day in London, England. I am writing now from my window seat on my British Airways flight. The attendants are so nice, and the man who | | gave us our safety announcement rapped it! It was so funny, everyone on the flight was laughing. My time visiting London was not wasted, and I feel enriched with all the knowledge I gained on this trip. Because of the time difference between England and the U.S., I'm flying at night so that my parents don't have to pick me up really late at night. Looking out of the window, I can see the beautiful lights of London shining through the light fog. I hope that someday I might be able to come back to London, I had a lovely time. -Tess

15: In relations to Kansas City, Kansas, London, England is very different and very much the same in many ways. For example, both are fairly large, and well-known cities in their own country. Kansas City is known for its architecture, as is London. However, London has a population of over 8 million people, while Kansas City only houses just over 140,000 residents. Kansas City receives nearly every kind of weather imaginable, from blizzards to heat waves, when London stays cool, wet, and cloudy throughout most of the year. In Kansas City, citizens experience a democratic government, and in London, there is a national monarchy. Even with all of these differences, Kansas City, and London are both wonderful places to live. | |

16: This journey I have taken to London has completely altered my perception of unfamiliar places. Because of this journey, I can now say that I have been enlightened by the historic wonder of a different country. My experience was amazing, and absolutely unforgettable. I feel more sensitive to other cultures now, and I realize that not every place will be the same, but I will always come away with more knowledge than I went with. |

17: My travels in London have opened my eyes to the cultural differences in our world. It was a wonderful experience, and I would take the journey all over again in a heartbeat if I had the chance. After all, "Not all those who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien |

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