London, I Still Love You


Even in the rain. Even when my husband gets the flu. Even when we don't do half the things we planned. Even when it is cold and grey. Because a rainy day in London is still better than almost any other day.

But yes, my poor husband got the flu 36 hours after we arrived in London. Those evil airplane germs did him in. We still had fun though. He did a few things with me in the morning and then went back to the hotel and rested a bit in the afternoons and then came out to dinner. He felt bad about being out and about while sick but he had to eat and we tried to do outdoor things where he wasn't in too close contact with people. The weather did not always cooperate though. We have been to London a number of times and this is the first time we have not had good weather. Oh well, it had to hit sometime. It still was warmer than at home and things were blooming. That was very exciting. We won't see blooms at home until about April and in London, there were all kinds of flowers. It must make winter feel so short.






I went to even more bookstores than usual, partly because of the rainy weather and partly because it was an easy thing to do when my husband was back at the hotel. I will do a separate post about the books I bought. I mainly bought secondhand books, as usual. I wanted so many in Waterstones but they cost more and I can more easily order them online. After all, I did have to fit all my purchases in my suitcase. It is not like I could buy everything I saw though I wanted to. I started taking photos of all the books I wanted and hopefully, I can slowly buy them. I am in continual amazement at how much better bookstores are in the U.K.  I have decided I am doing my life all wrong. What I really want is to live in a lovely flat somewhere in the U.K. and work as a bookseller. I will be reasonable here. I don't have to live in London and I don't have to work at Persephone Books. Any charming bookshop in a charming city will do. Is that too much to ask?






These are just a few photos I took on my phone. I haven't downloaded the photos from my camera yet. I didn't take as many photos as usual because of the rain and because we didn't go to as many new places. I am sure I will have another post or two though, simply because I love talking about London.

Meanwhile, I will be researching flats and bookselling jobs for my dream (impossible) life.

8 comments

  1. My last trip to London was just about the same time of year, and the chilly grey weather was perfect for enjoying tea by the fire. Sorry about your husband's illness. How rotten for him. That last photo: is that a real parrot?

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    1. Yes, it is real. They were flying around in the park and people were feeding them.

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  2. Sounds like you still found plenty to enjoy despite the poor weather and your husband's illness. London never disappoints :) Looking forward to hearing more about your book purchases!

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    1. We still had a nice time; it just would have been better if my poor husband had felt well. You are right, London never disappoints.

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  3. so many flowers already! so how is your job hunt going? any prospects for a nice bookshop position? ;)

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  4. Have you read about this bookshop? https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wigtown-bookshop-vacation/index.html

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    1. Yes! My aunt sent me a link to that. Wouldn't that be so much fun?

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