Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:29
aym - I'm not sure that I do miss the buzz of London tbh. It's not the same city that it used to be. Yes, it's more cosmopolitan, but I have got out of the habit of crowds and hop-skipping-and-jumping around all those tourists (often with huge back packs that they swing round!) who stand gawping at their surroundings and generally getting in the way.
I was working there as the new Covent garden was being redeveloped. That was quite exciting and, of course, the exorbitant prices charged these days for a cup of coffee just because it is Covent Garden, hadn't been invented at that time!
Berwick Street Market was in Soho - not as fashionable as now, and still a bit risqué. But a dynamic street market that catered for Londoners rather than tourists. I wonder what it would be like today?
And then there were all those little streets and backways that had survived the Blitz, and were fabulous if you knew your way round. You could buy all sorts of bits and bobs at reasonable prices - I bet it would be a different story today.
And I certainly don't miss the commute on the underground - never a seat, packed in like sardines and sharing your personal space with all sorts! I think I prefer to rusticate down here in Devon.