London 16

In the winter of 1996, I went to London. The city impressed me very much. When we left Archangel, the weather was terrible and awfully cold, but when we arrived in London there were green leaves on the trees and the air was much warmer than in our city. That was the first thing that impressed me about London.

We lived not in central London, but in the suburbs, and the atmosphere in that part of the city was pleasant ant quiet. The streets were clean and tidy, and the houses were very nice.

London offers its visitors a great variety of scenes to explore. Buildings like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London impressed me with their beautiful architecture. They reflect the past of the English people and they affected me greatly. One more interesting thing to view is the London Bridge. It looks especially majestic when you cross it. But the most outstanding building to view in London is Big Ben. This beautiful tower rises among the multi-storied buildings and it looks very exciting. It looks especially stunning in the evening when the lighting is on.

I was also impressed by English shops. The great variety of things available for purchase allows you to find anything you want. I was particularly impressed with multi-storied shops, which we don’t have in Archangel. These shops have elevators and even shop guides. It takes hours to explore them. All these things are even able to impress a man who is widely traveled and has seen many interesting places.

English people impressed me very much, too. They are friendly and easy to talk to. When you walk in the street you see smiling faces and it is very pleasant. They are not always criticizing everything and complaining about something.

But the most impressing place is Madame Tussauds Museum of Wax Figures, where you can find perfectly made figures of the most famous people in the world from Lenin and Bill Clinton to Michael Jackson and The Beatles. In some halls the figures are shown in interesting scenes, and in others they are just sitting or standing. There are also figures of important people in history who lived a long time ago.

I think that London is worth visiting because of its great places of interest and because exploring them provides hours of pleasure.

I also think that it would be very exciting to make a journey to this city for people of Archangel in winter because such a quick transition from a northern city to a city where even in winter there is green grass and no snow can have a great effect.

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London 16