I've been often told that Christmas in London is magical. But mainly because of my fear of flying, I've never felt brave enough to fly for more than 4 hours. The last time I visited London was for a very sad reason, soon after my graduation from the University of Geneva 30 years ago. I had severe health problems with my gallbladder then - originally diagnosed as cancer. Fortunately enough, the surgery proved something really incredible for Dr Glazer - the surgeon who had operated on my gallbladder back in June 1982. Thousands of tiny bladder stones looked like a tumor. That was because I had been drinking too much cola for years - about 6-7 litres daily. I still remember my last day at Saint Mary's Hospital. My last meal at the hospital was a juicy steak with chips and vegetables and a pint of cola. Dr Glazer was there when the nurse brought the meal. I was delighted to see the cola and grabbed the glass to drink it all in one go. Dr Glazer stopped me and said: " Anastasia, drink it very slowly, enjoy it, because it's your last one!" Well, I burst into tears not believing that I'd never drink coke again.
This Christmas, Alkis surprised me with a trip to London and ...how could I say no to such a wonderful gift? I was determined to make an effort to control my fear of flying and forget all about my first visit , which was mostly spent in hospital. This time, I had a great Christmas holiday in London. Indeed, London is truly magical at Christmas!
Where do I start to tell the story of so much charm? Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Covent Garden, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, London Eye, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Waterloo, Trafalgar Square and Piccadily Circus, shopping at Harrod's and Selfridge's, lunch at those good old traditional London pubs, the Chancery Court Hotel at Holborn, the double-deck red buses, Tate Modern, the South Bank, and that amazing fun day at Madame Tussaud's....and that endless rainy London weather! London is truly magical at Christmas and at all times.