When they ask, “How was the Eiffel Tower?” I answer: “We actually didn’t go. We had far more important things to see than that.” Linnea in Monet’s Garden
This kind of questions sounds quite familiar to me. I wasn’t in Paris as Linnea but last year I was in London. When I came home, people asked, “Did you visit Madame Tussauds, a wax museum?” or “Were you in the Tower of London?” or “How was the London Eye?”
No. No. I can’t tell you.
I had far more important things to see than that.
First of All
I went to the Trafalgar Square to see a Christmas tree. Then I visited the National Gallery. There are for example Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh. I was staying right in front of the picture and was thinking: “This is it! This is it!”
After visiting the gallery and listening to the X-mas carols in front of the X-mas tree, I went to… Waterstones bookstore in Piccadilly, the biggest bookstore I’ve ever seen and where I’ve stayed for hours and hours.
How was the bookstore?
Guys, it was AWESOME. I couldn’t help myself. I was so thrilled that I’m in London surrounded by English books – gorgeous books, which I can touch and read, that I HAD TO buy some of them.
So, this Waterstones bookstore which is in Piccadilly, has 5 floors where you can hang around, read around and choose what you want. Shop assistants write their recommendations in small papers and put them in front of their favourite books. I really liked it.
In Waterstones I bought The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I think her art is brilliant, don’t you think? Then I chose Christmas in the Mouse House by Maggie Kneen. The book is full of lift-the-flap and pop-up surprises which I really like.
Then I bought absolutely amazing and wordless The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Let’s just remember the beautiful song from the movie!
I also took Peter Pan (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) for my friend who lives in London and finally The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb. The book made me smile and cry. The story’s very gentle and lovely, perfect for children. When my mother read it, she was touched – and so was I.
Other days I visited Charles Dickens‘ Museum, the British Library, the Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, and other cool places, but then I came back to the Waterstones again. It was great, great, great Christmas trip and I’ll remember it until the end of my life. But the best thing is – I can go there again. It’s so easy and I’m so grateful I can live in the heart of Europe!