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Returning to the city of my birth is always special. I spent the first half of my childhood here, and even though it’s been decades since I called London home, the familiarity is still there. I feel it in the buildings, on the crowded sidewalks, and through the sound of accented voices. Like visiting an old friend, something about London will always feel like home.
“I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Villette
“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3
“TWENTY bridges from Tower to Kew – Wanted to know what the River knew, Twenty Bridges or twenty-two, For they were young, and the Thames was old And this is the tale that River told:” ― Rudyard Kipling
“Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” ― Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler
“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” ― Anna Quindlen, Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City