Monday, June 06, 2005

Double Decker



My favourite chocolate while I was growing up was the Double Decker made by Cadbury's. Memories of childhood came flooding back to me when I was in London last week and saw the Double Decker buses everywhere. Made me crave those absolutely delicious chocolate nougat sandwiches that my parents treated me to when I was good!

I found London to be a charming city with an edge. A nice combination of the the best of San Francisco and Manhattan. As beautiful and clean as San Francisco and as cosmopolitan and vibrant as Manhattan. There's a certain old world, deeply rooted feeling that you get in London that is missing in the U.S. cities. Though I visited all the tourist spots like Piccadilly and Leicester Square, I also got to explore smaller neighbourhoods like West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and St. John's Wood. I experienced the busiest spots in the city and felt the energy in the air and also took in the calm and peace offered by the quieter parts of town. I'd certainly add London to the list of places I'd love to live in which now includes San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, Dubai and Bombay.

16 Comments:

Blogger Shri said...

Lulu, the list is almost as long as mine! In order -- NY (#1 baby!), London, Bombay, Singapore, San Francisco, Paris.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Shiv said...

Nice to see Dubai on the list of a globetrotter like yourself!

The current growth, projects and lifestyle the city offers are phenomenal.

With more than 185 nationalities in such a small space, the cultural diversity is more apparent than most.

Come visit!

Shiv Taneja

2:34 AM  
Blogger gs said...

london has a lot of history and a city with umpteen cultural activities going on all the time.it is a fascinating place and a veritable tourist's paradise. i am not surprised how quickly you have fallen for this city.but the weather is very very unpredictable!.

7:59 AM  
Blogger rums said...

uncle is right, the weather in london can be very depressing! but about your other choice, dubai, i dunno, i've been there twice and that place left me cold! and lools i loved double decker chocolates too.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

wow! i'm glad that this post has gotten a nice conversation going.

shri, i can't believe NYC is #1 on your list. transformation, shall we say? i'm going to blame san jose and not the rest of gorgeous california for it!

shiv, i was plesantly surprised to see that you read my blog. i've been to dubai only once and that too for only one day (ask me the story sometime when we meet!) but in typical lulu-style, i really took a fancy to it. you'll have to show me around when i come next - there's a chance that i'll be over there in september for a conference. hope the ad world is treating you well.

dad, yes, the weather is totally unpredictable in london. the sun is so shy - it barely peeps out of the clouds and then hides again. and then there's the rain. last friday was a perfectly lovely day with a little chill in the air and suddenly it was pouring HARD. took me by total surprise and ruined our plans for a picnic in the park.

rums, tell me why dubai left you cold? we flirted with the idea of moving there at one point so i'm interested to know your perspective.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

rums,
let's add double deckers to the growing list of common favourites :)

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm... lulu... have you ever been to hong kong?

11:08 AM  
Blogger gs said...

lulu,your london posting has perhaps generated the maximum number of comments in your blog.
why i like london the most?.language is no problem.shopping in oxford street is something i look forward to.any number of indian restaurants for dal,subzi aur roti.fantastic and very economical mobility-the london underground.phenomenal places to see.and london by night is an experience.and the pubs.and,i have always found the people friendly.therefore,though the weather can be often a putoff,i really don't care.there are just too many pluses and very few minuses.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

hmmmm...who is this anonymous person who seems to know me :)
you're right, i've never been to hong kong but it's one city in the world i intuitively know i'm gonna love@

8:30 AM  
Blogger rums said...

dubai left me cold because everything about that place, i feel, is platic-ky. somehow i got the wrong vibes there and that place has no soul. also the people i met there reminded me of delhi!

11:32 AM  
Blogger gs said...

i have heard about some very nasty experiences of a friend of mine in Dubai.i was not surprised.it is a very modern city no doubt and offers all the luxuries one can imagine;but then,it does not have a soul.rumi is dead right.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

i agree that dubai may not have soul but i still think that it would be an experience in itself to live in a arab country, in a cosmopolitan city, at a time when growth is explosive.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Shiv said...

Ok, this a long'ish post, and maybe I drank to much of the Kool Aid, but read on....!

Living in Dubai, it is common to hear about the lack of soul and in addition, the creative/non chain shops, restaraunts and ofcourse, art museums.

Frankly,the 'soul' of Dubai is evident to me once you've spent a few hours here. The unparalleled optimism, the pace of growth, the naivety of it all (to an extent), the numbers of people who come into this place in the middle of the desert from all corners of the world with a common goal, the racial prejudices, the millions of square feet of shiny/tacky malls. Granted, the soul is not all positive (where is it ever?),but it exists.

More importantly,since the city is very much in it's formative stage -it is interesting to see things take shape. More so with the perspective that about 35 years ago there was almost NOTHING but sand!

As for people,like most places, once you start living here it is up to you to whom you surround yourself with. There are a lot of interesting people out here who are trying to inject more of an independent arts and culture scene and have moved back from the west with a fresh, relatively non-jaded outlook.

Agreed that there is a lot of the 'stare at the camera and pout' culture, but hey, whatever sells the glossies:)


There's a lot of talk around 'The Making of Some Place out of No Place' with reference to Dubai and all it's oddities, if you are interested you should check out this wonderful magazine called "Bidoun". Published in NYC, it is about Arts and Culture in the Middle East. The summer'05 issue is about Dubai and is worth a read.

http://www.bidoun.com/

'Bidoun' means 'Without' in Arabic.

7:22 AM  
Blogger rums said...

i suppose you are right shiv, i told myself exactly the same things when i moved to delhi and continue to do so.
curiously, i never had to do that when i lived in b'bay.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

let's not even get started on bombay vs. delhi..

6:11 PM  
Blogger Antonio said...

My lovely thing in London is DOUBLE DECKER BUSES!!
These are always a treat, either in London or on country roads at times. Perch myself on top deck in the front window seats if possible, just where the tree branches swoosh into the bus in order all going by Limo London owners envy you. What a view!

6:51 AM  

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