It is all there
“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” ― Anna Quindlen
Quindlen captures London perfectly in this quote, I think. To visit London was, for me, to fall in love with history all over again, because I felt, as in no other place, the real and immediate connection it has to the present and future.
Growing up in a country where two centuries ago seems age-old history, and living where almost all of the homes are younger than I am, it’s easy to get a skewed idea of the relevance of the distant past.
That error seems less likely in London, where the atmosphere is unmistakably alive and modern, but the surroundings bear traces of bygone centuries that go as far back, in some places, as the rule of ancient Rome. After a week of touring London, I had to laugh at myself, because I had begun to see anything built after 1500 or so as relatively recent.
When you hear the term “historic,” what era first comes to mind? Are there any places near you that remind you of eras that seem mostly forgotten by people today?
One year ago today: