A day as a tourist in my own city

I’ve lived and worked in London since 1971, but I still enjoy being a tourist in the city. I spent today with my Chinese ‘daughter’ Hua and Chinese ‘grandson’ Joshua (who live in Oxford) together with Hua’s cousin Nan (who lives in Phoenix in the USA).

We started by watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and finished by going on the London Eye. In between, we viewed Parliament Square and Big Ben, Whitehall and Downing Street, Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, and the South Bank.  Throughout I gave a running commentary with explanations of British politics, history and culture.

And all the while it was blazing sun and 76F/24C.


  • Dana Huff

    76F sounds heavenly. It’s 90 here, according to my browser’s weather program. Feels hotter.

  • Roger Darlington

    Well, Dana, at least you Americans have air con at home and in the office. Our homes don’t – we rely on open windows.

  • Ahmad Noor, Pakistan

    Dear Roger, your one day tour in your own city and its description carried me back to July 20, 2009 when i was there for one week and viewed all those places like Parliament Square, House of Commons, House of Lords, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, oxford street etc. it was my first and last much exciting and informative tour outside of my country. Before that, I had just read in books about UK political system, culture, society, art and architecture but in that one week i saw everything practically. In short, it was a memorable week in my life. Thanks for reminding me in your blog that wonderful places.


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