It is all there

Drew looks out on London from the Tate Modern, August 2005.

Drew looks out on London from the Tate Modern, August 2005.

“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

I think Quindlen captures London perfectly in this quote.  For me, to visit London was to fall in love with history all over again. I felt, as in no other place, the real and immediate connection the past 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:

A moveable feast

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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