Sunday, August 16, 2015

Day 2 - London trip (Tower Bridge, St. Paul cathederal, Bourough market tour, London Bridge & Tower of London)

Today we travelled to eastern part of London. Can’t contain my excitement as the “real” part of London journey begins. The city that fascinates me with its amazing cityscape and impressive architecture. At a distance, the skylines (The Shard and St. Mary Axe) exude a sense of identity and strength for the city. Can’t really believe that the iconic buildings are now come to live with my own eyes {{{(=.=)}}} I love the way the city blends classic with modern architecture! <3>

We took off to Tower Bridge – one of the famous tourist attractions. The area is a mixed of old and new buildings of the 11th Century along with the iconic buildings such as The Shard and St Mary Axe. Not to be confused with “London Bridge”, Tower Bridge is a little further down to River Thames.

Let our family expedition begins!

I had my first few views of captured here - building behind is St Mary Axe 

And may i present to you The Shard

Can't get enough of Tower Bridge photo #^_^#

Group posey shot with the iconic buildings! ^.^

Open-concept office with a view of Tower Bridge (How cool is that?)

It’s a lovely thing to sit on the colourful benches and enjoy the unparalleled views.

This Tower Bridge fascinated me with its classic look. 

Can’t resist a #deepinreflection shot!

A view along the Thames – the water made a wonderful view!

Our next move is food hunting of course?! Bourough market - A quaint little street market with irresistible food! You’ll be spoilt with the choices of food here. Everything looked so tempting, we were really having a fun time snacking around and NOTE: Don’t arrive at the market with an empty stomach, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to eat – ranging from Paella, cocktail mixtures, fresh seafood, cheese, cold cuts, roast hogs, fudge, Baklava and they even had pad Thai! O_o

Best sausage ever!

Matching my pant colour with the restaurant for some candid snapshots!

CaffeNero - You can get your caffeine-fixed as they can be found at every nook and corner.

The elaborate carved church frontage with its intricacy.

Can't resist the big and juicy strawberries  (´`)*

We completed our historic visit by visiting Tower of London. There are some truly spectacular historical buildings here but what I like about the place is the Royal London morning tours! The private guided tour explained the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture which leads us into the world heritage site. P/s: With British humour added in well *winks*

This one looked particularly awesome so I snapped it!

The place was bustling with crowd.

Reignite that feeling for the luxury nobility experienced in years past.

With nothing much to do, we then head to watch some musical shows. One show that captured my attention was STOMP performance as I recalled my college peers used to perform a similar show in one of our annual night and it was unique back then. So, without hesitation, we bought ticket to watch the much anticipated show of the night. The STOMP cast uses everything from brooms, garbage bans, trashcans, matchboxes, grocery carts, and Zippo lighters to create fantastic rhythms that get. The performance just blew us away. The immensity of the performance and each of the mini-show was nailed to perfection. I was awestruck by the Zippo-lighter session. …(_;)…

That's all for a tiring but fun Day 2. The views and among others were eternally captured in my memory as we view London in completely unique way. More pictures to come for a historical beauty city!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Day 1 - London trip (Picadilly Circus & Chinatown)

Visiting London is a totally new experience for me. It’s a country full of heritage, history, skyscrapers, landmarks, shops, savouries and essentially everything is found here. After landing at Heathrow, we made our way to the hotel via Terranova bus to Victoria. We had to wait for at least half an hour for our bus to arrive \(-)/

Us taking cheap flight from Netherlands to London (Ryanair)

Summer in London (Early June) aren’t always hot instead it was chilly, cold and gloomy. That being said, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and for ladies; apply plenty of moisturiser and lip balm! It was really chilling at that time, around 18 – 19 degree and thank God we wore leggings and cardigan to keep us warm.

On our very first day, we relished the type of typical touristy to-do-thing: selfie at the heritage buildngs, souveniers and foodie huntings and other normal touristy. There’s a long list of things to do which took us literally all over the place in London. We passed by London Victoria station, a heritage train station full with nostalgia, development and tourists. 

Spot me and my MIL with our luggages #^_^# 

We headed to our hotel in Church street – The New Dome Hotel, offers budget accommodation with en-suite facilities. The hotel staffs were friendly and helpful albeit a more remote location. But, it’s not too bad for our first experience in the hostel. The room is very basic, at a lower price (£50/night). Note: You’ll need to pay for their WiFi service. It’s recommended to buy a SIM card at the airport with 500MB data for only £13 (Includes tax) as well as Oyster card (£15) if you wish to travel by buses.

We took a moment to sit, relax and enjoy a cuppa first before we started with our expedition.

                                               Comprehensive info on London bus routes. 

We reached Picadilly Circus. a.k.a London's Times Square. It’s a place bustling with tourist crowd, street performances, LED advertising boards, souvenier shops and heritage buildings.

Wefie at the iconic Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain ∩__∩y

History vs. Technology (LED advertising boards)

Of buildings, people and mini flags in the form of signages~

Alot of street performances were happening in Picadilly Circus which lives up to its name (Literally transformed the surrounding streets into a real circus ^_^). A variety of performances ranging from street dance, monks show, magic shows to stand-up comedy show. However, the performance that caught our attention was the magic show with pretty cool illusion of street performances.

Spot the cute dancers #^_^# 

Bill Cosby wannabe ^_^III

Spot the cool-looking magic guy #^_^#

In London, one of the must visit stores is their souvenir shops of course. You can’t run away from the knick knacks and huge assortments of the classic British souvenirs such as Big Ben mugs, magnets, keychains, red telephone boxes etc. you’ll find a whole variety of souvenirs at reasonable prices here. Tips: You can have a better bargain at smaller souvenier shops ^_^

Posing with the iconic British flag mini cooper (´`)

And the trademark red telephone booth of course.

Another must visit stores for sports lover is Lillywhites in Picadilly Circus, a Sports discount store that offers big discounts. You can find most of your favourite sports brands here at a discounted rate.

Nice windows display with discounted items O.O

So tempted to watch this but we didn't. Guess which show we watched instead?

A place full with arts.

And not forgetting history!~

Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Dinner time. Too many choices to choose from ...

The bar name says it all. (Heehee... please don't judge!)

In the end, we headed to Chinatown for a sumptuous first day dinner. We had the famous Four Season Beijing duck. It was a wise choice instead ^.^v

Sorry,didn't take photos of the food. We were too starving to do so =.=

An evening stroll to digest our dinner. Indeed,London is a country full with history.

That’s a wonderful day to kick off our first day in London!

P.s: Day 2 we are off to Tower Bridge, St. Paul cathederal, Bourough market tour, London Bridge and Tower of London where we spent the day sight-seeing ∩__∩y