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London calling (Pt. 1) ロンドン第一

November 15, 2010

Really, what does one say about one of the most famous cities in the world?  It’s a place I’ve been meaning to get to for as long as I can remember and now that I’ve been, I can’t believe I waited so long.  Yes, it is a bloody expensive place to go especially when you’ve just arrived from Budapest where prices are amazingly cheap.  However, I’ve lived in Japan and believe me, it’s not exactly an inexpensive place to be either.  It’s just something you need to take in stride, really.

ロンドン。何を言うましょうか。長い間、ロンドンに行くつもりでした。行った時から何で待ちましたかどうか分からないんです。もちろん、買い物の値段は高いですけど僕は日本に住んでいましたので分かっています。それはしかったがないんですね。

I tell you though, finally being able to see, in person, the landmarks that I’d either seen in movies or read about in books was pretty exciting.  Places like Trafalgar square, Tower of London, Southbank and Kensington were fantastic.  If you go to the Tower, go early!  Especially if you intend to visit the vault of the crown jewels.

映画で見たり本で読んだりの史跡を見る事がとても面白かったです。トラファルガー広場とかロンドンターワーとかビッグベンとか素晴らしかったです。ターワーに行きたいんですが早いに行った方がいいですよ。とても人気があります。

There are ways of saving money in London, particularly if you want food.  First, have lunch at Borough Market in Southbank.  Being from Vancouver, we have Granville Island Market which is awesome but Borough Market is equally amazing in that it has so much ready-made food available that is reasonably priced and delicious.  Second, go to a pub.  Yeah, obviously I’ve been to “British” pubs in other countries but heading into an authentic one for traditional pub-grub and a pint’a is extremely satisfying.

倹約ためにボローマーケトで昼ご飯を食べます。僕はバンクーバーからです。バンクーバーにグランビーブアイランドがあるけどボローマーケトも素晴らしいです。多い手作りの食べ物があります。安くて美味しいですよ。それに伝統的なパーブもいいです。食べ物は美味しいし値段が安いし雰囲気もいいです。

For a book collector as I am, London is antique book Mecca.  I had a list of the shops I wanted to get to and I spent hours wandering through them and reveling in being able to handle most of the amazing volumes they had there.  Oh, to be independently wealthy.

僕は古本収集かですのでロンドンは古本メッカです。たくさん古本屋に行きたかったです。本屋でたくさん時間が過ごしました。さあ、お金持ちしたいんですよ。

Need a museum fix?  London is also your place.  I spent hours in the various museums on offer: Tate Modern, The National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert, The British Museum and others and I can honestly say that in all the time I spent, I merely scratched the surface of most of what was held in them.  You could do an entire holiday and spend it all in the museums.  I will certainly be heading back sooner, rather than later.

美術館が好きですか。ロンドンでたくさんすごく美術館があります。たくさん時間が過ごしましたけど展示物があまり見なかった。本当に帰りたいんです。

Today’s photos of Westminster, Borough Market, Southbank and the Tower of London (give or take).

このポストの写真はウェストミンスター宮殿とウェストミンスター大寺院とボローマーケトとロンドンターワーです。

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