Continuing our global tour to learn something new, our next stop is London, United Kingdom.
Let’s start with some facts about one of my favorite cities in the world. Did not know that over 300 languages are spoken in this city of over 8 million people. Big Ben is the bell that is inside what is ‘The Clock Tower’ and not the other way around.
The Egyptian artifact, Cleopatra’s Needle, located on the Victoria Embankment was erected in 1838. Buried underneath at the same time were a map of London, a copy of the Bible, some daily newspapers, a rupee and 12 photographs of the best-looking English women of the time.
Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square is banned. Over half of the London Underground runs above ground. The city has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai.
Londonium was the capital of Roman Britain and its origin dates back to 43 AD. Names of the city have also included Ludenwic and Ludenberg. The name London is derived from the Celtic word ‘londonous’ which means ‘to be bold.’
Too many historical figures to name that called London home, so I will pivot to two of my favorite fictitious characters: Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.
One of my favorite long walks in the world is in London which starts at Westminster and ends past Tower Bridge along the Thames. It’s a city that I continue to visit regularly to meet retailers and meet great friends. The London Underground and the Heathrow Express are where I do ‘mind the gap.’
In this recent London picture, I am D'Onofrio, Tony D'Onofrio, alias the Don, and I have too many Watsons to name them all.
‘Keep calm and carry on’ for it is indeed a small world after all.
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