Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, France, Spain, England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
On our last night in London we followed a Brazilian parade (which was part of the Mayor's Thames Festival) to Trafalgar Square, where we watched the 2012 Paralympics come to a close surrounded by Londoners in the heart of the city (pinch me!)
Looks pretty cool, right? But, for me, the most impressive part was the crowds in Trafalgar. They were so orderly and polite and lovely. There was empty space at the front of the stage!
People made a point of walking to rubbish bins to dispose of their beer bottles!
They sat in perfect rows and cheered and applauded and danced and sang, and never once broke into a brawl or pushed or shoved. I have never, not in Canada (and definitely not in Malta) ever seen such a happy and courteous crowd of people in my life. (And it was the same at the Royal Wedding last year.)
At the end of the closing ceremony there was certainly a bittersweet atmosphere hanging over Trafalgar. But then, as the crowds began to file out of the square, a message appeared on the jumbo screen. It read: Please take your time and look after each other.
How lovely is that?
London, I like you. I like you a lot.