Posted Sep 11, 1999
Early this summer, I had my first visit to London. My wife & I spent ten days just doing whatever seemed interesting each morning. Normally, I don't enjoy travel, especially to most U.S. cities which are bascially clones of each other. Rampant generica. But London was great - certainly not a clone of anything I know of. Of particular interest were Covent Garden, the new Globe Theater, the hovercraft to Calais, "Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" club (altho "Home of the Blues" is a stretch to a Texan), and the Underground.
The Underground was particularly fascinating to residents of a city where the car rules, and "mass transit" is an obscenity. The Underground Map, visible in at least 5 billion location, is a story all to itself, a stroy told well in K. Garland's book "Mr. Beck's Underground Map". I'm trying to work up a "Guide Entry based on parts of it. I read recently that the Circle Line is closed all summer - this must be chaos.