Piccadilly Circus – London

Piccadilly Circus is a famous shopping district in London’s West End, and is similar to New York’s Times Square. It connects to Reagents Street and Oxford Street, also main shopping areas. Flashing billboards and neon signs light up the square at night, and in the center stands a statue of Eros (1), and usually a crowd of people and street performers (2) – we saw a man blowing fire out of a tuba.

My mother, a little phased after the bomb at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, went to London to finish her trip. She read there would be peaceful protests in central London, which she assumed meant near Westminster and Parliament, so she went to Piccadilly Circus to shop a little. Central London is Piccadilly Circus. She was trapped in a Waterstone’s Bookstore for four hours and managed to leave before the protests turned violent and marchers began to break down windows. Thankfully everything is fine, let’s just hope no more trouble follows my family to California.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 11, 2011.

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