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  • London is situated in the South-East of England in the Thames Valley.

    倫敦位於英格蘭島東南部的泰晤士峽谷

  • Home to over 8 million people,

    有八百萬的居民住在這裡

  • the capital of the UK has been an important financial,

    做為英國的首都,倫敦數百年來都是重要的經濟、

  • educational and cultural center for hundreds of years.

    教育和文化之都

  • Of the many gifts England has given to the world,

    對世界也有著舉足輕重的地位

  • none has been greater than her language and literature.

    在語言和文化方面,沒有其他城市足以和它媲美

  • And if ever there's a city that reads like an epic saga, it's London.

    如果有哪個城市可以讀起來像是一首史詩,那就是倫敦

  • The story of London began in the Bronze Age,

    倫敦的歷史起源於青銅器時代

  • but it didn't really get going until the Romans withdrew in the 5th century.

    但是一直沒有正式開始,直到羅馬人在西元第五世紀撤退後

  • Growing into one of the great medieval trading cities,

    並且在中世紀崛起成為最偉大的貿易城市之一

  • she truly came of age in the 11th century,

    真正臻於成熟則是在十一世紀

  • when William the Conqueror built the Tower of London,

    征服者威廉 蓋了倫敦塔橋

  • which was to become one of England's grimmest prisons.

    塔橋後來還一度變成英國最恐怖的監獄

  • London is very easy to navigate around,

    倫敦非常地好逛

  • and is compact enough to explore on foot.

    因為它夠小巧,所以光是徒步就行了

  • This world city is filled with iconic symbols,

    這個世界之都充斥了象徵性的圖騰

  • and one of the most easily recognizable is Tower Bridge,

    其中最容易辨識的就是倫敦塔橋

  • an impressive reminder of London's rapid expansion during the industrial revolution.

    是一個令人印象鮮明的印記,代表著倫敦在工業革命時期的快速擴充

  • Just upriver, at the Houses of Parliament,

    沿著泰晤士河的上游走,在國會大廈

  • Big Ben's reassuring chimes peal across the city every hour, on the hour.

    大笨鐘固定整點報時的鳴鐘聲會響徹這個城市

  • Buckingham Palace, perhaps the most famous palace in the world,

    白金漢宮也許是世上最有名的宮殿,

  • is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth.

    它是伊麗莎白女皇的官方住所

  • It's a popular London attraction, offering tours of staterooms and gardens.

    是倫敦一個很受歡迎的觀光景點,謁見廳和御花園都可以參觀

  • Nearby, Kensington Palace is open to the public year-round.

    這幾年,肯辛頓宮也開放讓民眾進去了

  • The palace and gardens will be remembered

    這個宮殿和花園最值得一提的就是

  • as the home of Princess Di and Prince Charles,

    它曾是黛安娜王妃和查理王子的居所

  • and have recently undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment.

    而且最近花費了超過百萬英鎊的整修費用

  • Another legacy of England's monarchy are the Royal Parks of London.

    另外一個君主政治所留下的禮物則是倫敦的皇家公園

  • They were once reserved as private hunting grounds for the royal family,

    這些景點過去僅作為貴族私人的狩獵場使用

  • but nowadays they're open for everyone to enjoy.

    但是今天也開放給一般民眾使用了

  • There are eight Royal Parks, and many of them are in central London,

    倫敦有八個皇家公園,而且絕大多數都位於市中心

  • and close to royal palaces and other historic monuments.

    鄰近皇宮和其他的富含歷史價值的紀念碑

  • Green Park and St. James's Park are right next to

    綠的公園和詹姆斯爵士公園就在

  • Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch and The Mall.

    白金漢宮旁邊,海軍拱門和林蔭路旁邊

  • Hyde Park is perhaps the most famous with its man-made lake, The Serpentine,

    海德公園最出名的可能是它的人造湖。而 蛇型藝廊

  • and on the other side, Kensington Gardens is a beautiful open expanse

    以及另一端免費開放的美麗景點 肯辛頓花園則是

  • that stretches east towards Kensington Palace.

    面東朝向肯辛頓宮

  • The Albert Memorial is at the southern end of Kensington Gardens,

    亞伯特紀念碑在肯辛頓花園南邊的末端

  • and the striking bronze statue looks towards the Royal Albert Hall

    這個青銅塑像朝向亞伯特紀念館

  • just across the road.

    只要穿越馬路就可以到了

  • The hall is yet another reminder of Queen Victoria's

    這個紀念館紀念的是 維多利亞女王

  • great love for her husband, Prince Albert.

    最摯愛的丈夫,亞伯特親王

  • Many of London's greatest stories have begun in her houses of worship,

    許多倫敦的豐功偉業都是開創於維多利亞女王的任內

  • and none is so impressive and important as Westminster Abbey.

    其中最重要並且廣為人知的就是西敏寺

  • This is where kings and queens have been crowned, married and even buried.

    歷任的國王、女王都是在這裡接受加冕和舉辦婚禮,甚至死後也是長眠於此

  • London was rebuilt after The Great Fire in 1666,

    倫敦在1666年的大火後重建

  • and St. Paul's Cathedral is the most enduring monument to the city's transformation.

    對倫敦的城市風貌來說,聖保羅大教堂可以說是最歷久不衰的了

  • It's a great testament to British strength and resilience.

    這對英國人的生命力和恢復力來說是一個很好的證明

  • The West End in central London is a story in itself.

    位於倫敦市中心的西區有它自己的風格

  • Here the streets are lined with ancient buildings,

    這裡的街道兩旁林立了歷史悠久的建築物

  • but the throngs of people are out to have fun.

    不過很多人還是都外出尋樂去了

  • By day, the charming boutiques and cafés hum with shoppers,

    白天的時候,迷人的精品店和咖啡廳擠滿了人潮

  • and by night the bars along Carnaby Street are packed

    到了晚上,沿著卡納比街的酒吧裡則是充斥著

  • with patrons enjoying pre-show drinks.

    打算在音樂劇開演前來喝一杯的客人

  • This is one of the largest theater districts in the world.

    倫敦西區可以說是世界上最大的音樂劇場區之一

  • And at times it can feel like you're on a Monopoly board,

    而且有時候你會覺得自己就像是站在「大富翁」的遊戲版圖上

  • with Coventry Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus all close by.

    柯芬特里街、特拉法加廣場和皮卡迪里圓環都在隔壁的格子裡,一步就到了

  • Moving away from the historic center,

    離開倫敦市中心這個歷史悠久的區域

  • London's trendy suburbs offer a different kind of story.

    移動到倫敦時尚的郊區也別有一番風味

  • The Portobello Road Markets in Notting Hill attract thousands of visitors,

    在諾丁丘的波多貝羅市集吸引了成千上萬的觀光客

  • especially to the antiques markets that's held on Saturdays,

    尤其是每周六的骨董市集

  • while the edgier Camden Town features six popular markets

    而比較靠近倫敦邊緣的肯頓鎮則是有六個頗受歡迎的市集

  • that are open every day of the week,

    是每天都有開放的

  • and operate along her streets, the canal, and in her historic stables.

    市集沿著街道、運河,以及在歷史悠久的馬廄裡擺攤

  • London is a city that honors not only her own story,

    倫敦的榮耀不僅是在於城市本身歷經了歷史的洗禮

  • but also the story of humankind.

    也是由於它記錄了人類發展的脈絡軌跡

  • The British Museum is one of the finest in the world,

    大英博物館是世上最棒的博物館之一

  • and her treasures cover thousands of years of history and number in the millions.

    它所展示的寶物涵蓋了好幾千,甚至好幾萬年前的歷史

  • The museum is open every day, and best of all, it's free.

    大英博物館不但每天都開放,而且最棒的是,入場是免費的 (採 自由捐贈制)

  • From the ancient to the modern,

    從古至今

  • The London Eye offers a complete change of pace and perspective.

    倫敦眼則是提供遊客一種截然不同的步調和視角

  • The massive wheel is over 400 feet high,

    這個摩天輪有400英呎高

  • and takes 30 minutes to complete one rotation.

    必須花上30分鐘才能繞完一圈

  • From here you can see the London of old,

    從這裡你可以瞭望到古倫敦的遺跡

  • as well as some of the city's newest additions, all in air-conditioned comfort.

    正如同這個城市部分最新的設施,摩天輪上全部都有舒適的空調設備

  • London will always be a city that looks towards

    倫敦總是一個

  • the past and the future in equal measure.

    回顧過去,同時展望未來的城市

  • From 'Rule Britannia' to 'Cool Britannia',

    從「有紀律的不顛塔尼」(英國的海軍軍歌,象徵大航海時代的輝煌),轉型到「不顛塔尼,酷啦」(國家品牌形象運動,用文創的手法行銷英國)

  • the fabric and the skyline of this city is forever turning over a new page.

    倫敦的建築和城市天際線總是不斷地推層出新

  • Which is, after all, what every great story should do.

    畢竟嘛,偉大的城市就該如此

London is situated in the South-East of England in the Thames Valley.

倫敦位於英格蘭島東南部的泰晤士峽谷

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