How have you been since my last missive? Time flies and I can’t believe we’ve already come to the end of January … yet again! The older I get (sigh) the more I believe our perception of time changes and perhaps, in a nod to my blog’s name, I should take a cue from Proust?
With preparations for my upcoming guiding exam at the National Portrait Gallery going full steam ahead (think Anna Karenina!), January, cruel month of many broken resolutions, has certainly kept me busy. However, let me immediately reassure you, gentle reader(s), there have been plenty of opportunities for fun too, including the running of my regular tours as well as gathering new material for this blog.
While wandering the city in search of inspiration and cake (I have a valid reason for this quest as a macarons-themed walk is in the works), the fickle weather has allowed me to see some of London’s most’s famous sculptures masquerading as gigantic silhouettes.
The haunting silhouette of Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt, in Green Park.
Where has time gone again? With Christmas done and dusted already, we are now preparing ourselves – mentally and physically, I’m sure – to welcome in the New Year. I sincerely hope you’ve had joyful and restorative festivities so far!
While I’m currently spending the Christmas holidays with my family in sleepy Luxembourg (and surprisingly enjoying it), I haven’t forgotten all about the multiple charms of London. The people, the energy and … the many delights of afternoon tea, of course. As corny as it may sound, I must admit it’s true what they say: absence makes the heart grow fonder and I already can’t wait to be back amidst the city’s intoxicating frenzy!
As 2013 is quickly drawing to a close (tick tock), I thought it would be a fun idea to share with you this year’s highlights from my ever-expanding archive of London photographs. While this is going to be a rather lengthy post (send your complaints to the Ministry of Blogging Affairs), I shall try to keep this article light on words and heavy on pictures. After all, it’s the end of the year, a time to take it easy, right? 😉
The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as witnessed on a brisk November evening walk.
Guess who’s back? Yes, it’s me. I’m back to the world of blogging again!
As I correctly predicted in my last post aeon years ago – yikes, it’s been more than two months already – I had a strong inkling that developing a new tour as well as starting the City of Westminster Guiding Course (WGC) would take its toll on this humble blog. And it did. Once again, I’m terribly sorry for this TfL-style delay*, however, loyal followers, your patience is about to be rewarded with a new post. How very grand of me!
In the wise words of Norma Desmond, this is not a comeback, but a return to the millions of people (I wish!) who have never forgiven me for deserting their computer screens (I’m allowed to dream, right?), and as such, I will use this post to give you a brief update on what happened since I last saw you.
Me entertaining the crowds during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013. (Picture: @LondonKiwiEmma.)