What to do in London?

Things to do in London

 

With so many options the question is really not “What to do in London?”, but rather how to make the best of time in this metropolis. Because we are so different, don’t expect the exact answer with discount coupons. Well, I’ll probably should start …

 

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Why London? It was named as the best city in the world several times. It claims it has best theater scene in the world, better museums than Paris and New York and is claimed as the cultural capital of the world. With so rich historical background and so many connections with all parts of the world, it can’t be far from truth.

Visit Tower Bridge and London Eye, or, if you are more into sacral objects, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral or less famous St Bride’s Church which tiered design supposedly inspired designs of modern wedding cakes, relax in at least one of the eight Royal Parks (from legendary Hyde Park with its legendary Speaker’s Corner to the Greenwich as the oldest of all Royal Parks and have it own herd of deers), walk over the Trafalgar Square or Millennium Bridge or even take a cruise on Thames River. Did you know you can visit Modern Tate Gallery with many collections of contemporary artists for free?

London is a city of technological innovations for centuries as well. The first traffic lights were installed in London at the House of Commons in 1868. They were made of semaphore arms and gas lamps of red and green color. The system was operated by a constable. Less than one month after the start lamps exploded due to the leakage of gas and injured him. The project was abandoned until 1912, when Salt Lake City in USA introduced electric traffic lights.

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London was also the largest city in the world for the majority of 19th century, when it counted from 1.3 to 6 million people. Now it has over 8 million people, but it is not even in top 10 anymore. Large cities are of course more prone to all sorts of catastrophes and London was no exception. Let’s point out only one which is particularly interesting because of the consequences. It was so called The Great Fire of London. Although it destroyed more than 13 thousand houses, the official number of deaths is only six. This sounds really shocking when we compare the number with number of people who died by jumping or dropping from the Monument to the Great Fire of London.

Yes, I could go on and on. But it’s still better to go – in London!

 

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Is the journey more important than the destination?

We often say ‘The journey is more important than the destination.’ At first it makes sense. We are accustomed to setting goals. They keep us going. And going. And going …

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Not only WHERE, it is also HOW!

Unfortunately setting new goals (and chasing them) all the time can pan out pretty bad in the end. Why? Because in the end we run out of time!

If we focus only on destinations (goals), we miss all the beauty the path can offer. So it is journey which counts the most, right?

Not exactly.

Without goal we don’t have a motivation to start a journey. Without destination there is no path. It can’t be. Journey is always defined with a goal. Even if it changes and we achieve something completely different than we intended in the first place. Even if we never achieve the original goal. Yes, it’s the gold medal in the end of competition, but only memories from the path (trainings, friendships, adventures) will count in the long term.

A medal can be stolen much easier than the journey, so choose your path wisely and stop thinking about your goals only. Take moment to enjoy the path as well. It’s great to have dreams. Future without dreams is not worth mentioning. It’s even greater to have memories. Our past consists from memories only. They are the only proof of our existence.

But all in all we only have the present. Right here. Right now.

Don’t miss it.

Set your goals. Enjoy your path. Have a great moment!

Niagara Falls by Night

As you may probably notice, I am, among other things,  fascinated with everything related to water.

Some fun facts about Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (smallest) and the Horseshoe Falls (largest). It is a product of ice age and it is about 12 thousand years old. It is estimated it took only few weeks for the formation. As every fall it moves backwards thanks to erosion. With about five kilometers in 12 thousand years it is one of the fastest moving waterfalls in the world.

It’s height is about 54 m (21 m effectively due to loose rocks in the river base) with flow of 3000 tons per second on average. Almost 20 percent of world’s fresh water (it is largest system of fresh water on the Earth’s surface) is stored in the Great Lakes and about 80 percent of it is flown over Niagara Falls. This mass of water falling downwards produces noise of 95 decibels what can be compared with a noise by a rock concert.

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Flow varies. It is also partially regulated by authorities and is greatest during summer months. Large percentage of this power is used by hydro electric power stations. This is the place from where first alternate current was transferred on long distance (in 1896). In the winter Niagara Falls can freeze and form so called ice bridge which can be several miles long and more than 20 m thick.

Niagara Falls attracts about 12 million tourists from all over the world. It also attracts many adventurers and stunts. Many tried to go over in a barrel or similar ‘equipment’. Some survived and some not. There were also several tightrope acts performed across the river including the longest walk without support in 2012. Apart from the falls the area offers wineries, restaurants, hotels, casinos and a convention center, golf course, shopping malls…

All in all… It’s a spectacular place to visit and they say in we have only about to to fifty thousand years before it disappears!

Better early than never

Old year is slowly dying and new year is knocking on the door…

fireworks at yokota japan

This beautiful firework celebrates friendship among two countries, two nations, but we can say it can also symbolize clearing everything old and making space for new things, new events, new friends. New year is one of rare opportunities when almost everybody in the world takes a minute, stop whatever important is he or she doing and maybe even contemplate a bit about the past.

While I am not huge fan of fireworks, I can still enjoy in their majestic beauty on special occasions. And this is actually what life is all about, isn’t it? Series of very special moments with periods of waiting…

Here is to the future, my friends!

Cheers!

I can smell snow!

Yes, it is coming. Winter is almost here, winds are blowing, it is time for jackets, hats, scarves and other necessities…

I can already smell snow.

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When it is cold, I prefer staying inside, drinking hot tea (sometimes with a sip of rum inside, don’t tell my wife), reading a good book or watching a movie, surrounded with comfortable pillows. While I like to see a beautiful snowy landscape, I prefer to experience it through the (closed and well insulated) window.

Hot days are more appropriate for me.

What about you? What kind of like winter activities do you prefer? Building an igloo or snowman? Good old snow fight? Skiing, sledding, skating? Catching snow flakes with a tip of your tongue?

Winter can be beautiful but as far as I am concerned, long sunny days suit me better. If you are a bit more active, please, make a snow angel for me too:)

Water: life, purification, truth

Water always fascinated me. I am sure I am not alone in this. Just check the photo below and you’ll know what I mean!

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Yes, water is really special. It is symbol of life, what can’t be surprising. We can’t imagine life without water, right? It is also symbol of purity. Many religions incorporated water in their rituals and in a way we can really say we are never the same when we leave the water then we were before we entered it.

Water is also symbol of truth. It is clear, transparent and it reflects everything in vicinity. It is fascinating when we look at it because it can look so calm and so dangerous at the same time. It is highly flexible, can reach the unreachable places, soft and patient but can demonstrate extremely devastating power.

Love it or hate it, you really can’t do without it. I can watch at a stream or the ocean for hours and having great time. What about you?

On Vacation or Holidays: This is the Question!

It has been a while since I posted here, time is flying and we are not getting younger… The good news? Sun is still shining, wind is still blowing and the ocean is still wide open:

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Sailing is very similar to flying

Some people say riding a motorcycle is the closest experience to flying a man can get without wings.  Maybe. But what is sailing?

I think it is pretty close or maybe even better. Think about open space. Sky above and sea all around. How much better can it be? Of course you need a company. Most things are even better if they are shared with somebody (just make sure you share at least two bottles of drink!) and sailing I no exception. Safety should be considered too (like most of other things done in pairs…)!

I’m back and kickin’, this blog is still alive and I hope we’ll share a lot of beautiful things in future. I don’t know if you prefer vacations or holidays, but wish you have somebody to share them with.

Cheers!