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Paloma Paloma | 22:41 UK time, Sunday, 31 July 2011

Hello! It was a great weekend in London. Thank goodness it was sunny and hot! I didn't have enough time to go to the Sir John Soane's Museum (Neil's recommendation) but I'll go back to London before I leave the UK, so I won't miss it. And Neil is right, it's difficult to find a quiet attraction in London. It's all crowded! As I told you, I've been several times in London, so I'd tried to visit some places that I haven't visited yet. One of them was Greenwich. It's very famous for giving the name to the Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. From the Greenwich park, after going uphill, you have great views of the Queen's house and the National Maritime Museum and behind all that the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Here is a picture:


If you like the musicals and you go to London you shouldn't leave without going to one of them! There are lots of shows and sometimes you can find cheap tickets. Last summer I went to Billy Elliot and it was awesome! And last Friday I went to Wicked and it was very cool too! I also went to Candem Town, it's always full of tourists, but I love the things that you can find there, many shops, food from every part of the world... And I went to see Amy Winehouse's house. Maybe it sounds a bit macabre and stupid, but I was a big fan of her music! There were flowers everywhere, pictures and drawings of her, cigarettes, bottles of alcohol... There was even a woman playing some of her songs and dancing. It was so sad! As I said, there are lots of people from everywhere in London, working or just visiting the city. I like it, because that's why you can find products from everywhere and meet people from different cultures. But sometimes you feel like there's space for no one else. I love London, but you should know that there are many beautiful places in the UK like Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, the south coast, many palaces, houses... Sometimes I've asked British if there's something interesting in for example in Liverpool, and they don't think there is! But I, as tourist, find everything interesting. Time goes by fast, doesn't it? I'll be home in just two weeks! I have many places to visit and many delicious puddings to taste yet, I don't think I have enough time! But I know that I'll come back one day. It's weird, many British wish the time to be retired to live in Spain and I'd like to finish my degree to come here! Something that I would really miss is living with my host family. I think this will be my last summer working as au pair, as next year I'm planning to study in Germany with a scholarship. I've lived lots of good moments with them, and I've learnt a lot from them, not just English! As I always say, the girls that I look after are like my little sisters, although the eldest is already taller than me!

Thank all of you for reading and commenting my blog this month! I've learnt a lot from you. And of course, I'd like to thank the BBC Learning English staff for giving me this great opportunity, specially to Neil! Thank you so much for your advice. And I'd like to apologize for not writing more often, I didn't have enough time. Keep on learning English and if you have the chance, come to the UK!

See you Paloma

Big Ben


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi ploma,

    to me you have added very nice contribution to this blog.thank you for everythıng you have done for us,learner:).wish you success in the future life


  • Comment number 2.

    It seem your trip is wonderful. If i have a chance. i think i will go to London once!

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Paloma,
    As always off the chain with your blog!Thanks again for share with us your experiences in London.Hope to hear from you soon...enjoy!
    All the best!

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Paloma,
    I wish you have fun in your last days in UK. Thanks for your experiences!
    See you!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Paloma,
    What a lovely photo of you with two of the most popular London sights in the background - would make a great title page for any tourist brochure! Speaking about being a tourist, I think you mentioned something very true there: You look at places with different eyes, in a much more appreciative way when you are a tourist. Whenever I come home after holiday trips, I try to look at Vienna with the eyes of a tourist - it does give you a different perspective...
    My family and I went to see "Wicked" in New York last year, and we enjoyed it very much. My daughters have been trying to sing that famous duet "Because I knew you..." ever since. I'm sure they'd love to see the show in London!
    Well, thanks a lot for your July blog - it's been really nice getting to know you!
    All the best,
    Elisabeth from Austria

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Paloma! Nice to meet you! My name is Adielson and I´m from Brazil. I would like to keep up contact with you, and thus to learn more about your country. I´m trying to improve my English, therefore I need to make new friends. Is it possible we keep up contact? I´m going to wait your answer!

    Best regards

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi paloma, I like your writing style and pictures.Pictures are very beautiful.
    i like the scene. i have never been to london. it make me to go there.

  • Comment number 8.

    It's gorgeous! Thanks a lot.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi paloma

    Very intersting details about london. thanks a lot

  • Comment number 10.

    Hello Paloma,

    I would like to visit London for 4 or 5 days.
    What thing or place do you recommend me to see?
    Instead of the hotel I would like to take a residence. Do you know someone?

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Paloma,
    Thanks for your sharing! London is a famous city and many people want to get there, it causes that there are always having people everywhere. It is really a pity that can’t join the view quietly. But from your article, it really attracts me get there one day, it is beautiful! I like the building and the sight and everything there, besides I think it’s very sad that Amy Winehouse pass away so young! I wish I can get there one day! It’s been a pressure to know you and I expect to see your new article!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Paloma,
    Thanks for your experiences. I like London, too. I went to London with my high school classmates during the summer vacation when I was seventeen years old. I went to Greenwich, too. I also went to many museums and attractions in London, such as London Bridge, Stonehenge, Cambridge, British Museum. London Bridge and Stonehenge were spectacular. Cambridge is a historic college and it is very beautiful. I hope that I can study there. I went shopping on the weekends. I remember that we shopped in Oxford Street, and we also went to Harrods department store. Harrods is so big that I had to spend a lot of time on browsing the stores. London is a wonderful city. I want to go to London again.


  • Comment number 13.

    oh unfortunately I am very sad for ı cannot afford travelling these country. and I cannot comment and write and communicate with all you students for that my english is very poor.a cannot translate into english my thougts. sorry!
    in fact I am able to think but I am not able to translate the thoughts.


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