Thanks to Brothatime!! I visited London for the first time, staying there from Boxing Day through New Year's Day. This happening a mere 6 weeks after going to Paris let me see the 2 cities as the juxtaposition that they are; they each seem to be in response to each other: Paris is the living room which is so perfectly and beautifully designed you're scared to sit on the couch and put your feet up, while London is the place you put your feet up and let the fish & chips juice dribble down your chin. They're both amazing in their own way. London I feel like I could move to tomorrow, and being only hours from Paris would be an amazing comfort. Paris never misses an opportunity to add beauty to any surface; London's walls are purely functional.
Except for Westminster Abbey. As Brothatime!! mentioned, all of British history is housed under this one roof - the coronations, the Royal wedding, and oh gee what do you know the final resting places of Chaucer, Dickens, Darwin, Newton, and pretty much every British author I've ever read. And it's the one building in London of which the Brits decided you know what, let's make this as beautiful as any random building in Paris. It is stunning; my favorite building in the world.
Second place? Abbey Road Studios. Physically standing in front of the building, a small building, and surrounded by the emotions of people around you, you're overwhelmed by the knowledge of what came out of this one room, that within these walls came something that has touched every single inch of the planet and will for decades to come. Amazing.
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When it come to both Paris and London, it's not complicated: I can't wait to go back.