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An Old Place with New Eyes

Up at The O2 The Dome
Written by Kirstie Pelling
Up at The O2 The Dome

Climbing Up at The O2 gave me a new perspective on an old familiar place

Talking Point 5: An Old Place with New Eyes

This photograph was taken this week when we climbed high above the 02 building in London and leaned out over the capital at dusk. It was one of those magic moments, made even more special because I hadn’t expected to enjoy it so much. When I lived and worked in London the building was the Millennium Dome,  cursed from the outset by bad planning, runaway budgets, political arguments and unrealistic expectations. Back then my visit to the Dome was possibly one of the worst days out I have ever had.

So what’s different now, it or me?

The curved roof might be the same today, but the skyscape has changed. There’s Shards and Gherkins now, and beneath the Dome another transformation. The 02 (as it’s now known) is now a buzzing cultural and sporting hub in a part of London that’s undergone substantial reinvestment and is riding high after the London 2012 Olympics.

The East End isn’t the only thing that’s reinvented itself. London seems to have changed while I’ve been away. I see now my memories were stuck in the past. I remembered a dark grim metropolis with transport that didn’t work, tired grey people, overpriced attractions and mediocre food. But that’s not my experience today, somehow it seems fresh, modern, vibrant and culturally stimulating.

Up at The 02 Climbing the Dome

Climbing Up I have a new perspective on an old familiar place

But then again, perhaps it’s me and my viewpoint that’s changed. This week I am seeing my capital city as a visitor and tourist. I don’t need to battle through the traffic, or cope with the boredom of commuting. We’ve been staying in central London, visiting palaces, hopping around popular attractions. It’s both familiar, and new. It’s fresh and exciting. And I love it. I am glad we did something different this week. I’m glad we revisited the past, gave it another chance and have got to see an old familiar place with new eyes.

Talking Point

Have you ever revisited a familiar place and found that it, (or you) has changed?  Leave a comment and join in with this week’s talking point.

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Talking Point is our series of short Photo Friday posts. Each week we pick a photo, post a talking point and invite you to join the conversation. Leave a comment with your thoughts or tell us what the photo says to you. 

For more photo inspired fun why not check out Travel Photo Thursday from Budget Travelers Sandbox, Photo Friday at Delicious Baby or Friday Dreaming at RWeThereYetMom.



About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.

1 Comment

  • I love to visit place that I have been as a child and see them with “adult eyes”, they are never quite the same. Sometimes I walk away with a new appreciation for a place or sadness at how much it had changed from what I remembered.

    Thanks so much for linking up this week. As a tourist to London in 2008, we found it a fascinating city filled with amazing history. Of course, we don’t think of cities over here in the US with high regard and would not say the nicest things about NYC or LA. 🙂

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