London: A walk through Monopoly
Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
16Trip End Feb 25, 2011
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Hyde Park Hostel London
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
So, after the whole debaucle in Heathrow, I eventually got too impatient and booked another ticket with Ryanair and arrived a day earlier than Tracy. What to do what to do!?...Well after arriving 2 days late, I had to see the city even if it was 10pm by the time I arrived at the hostel and what better way than to take the tube to Westminster and meet Big Ben face to face =D It was bit unreal seeing it for the first time...after all those times seeing it in movies and the pictures, to see it in person was unbelievable. And the following walk around Westminster and Trafalgar Square was a lot of fun, just like jumping around on a monopoly board
Went to Oxford on the extra day that I had since Tracy had been there already. Quite a cool place, and a lot more bustling than I thought it would be, shops, cafes, people EVERYWHERE! =D Though I guess it was close to Christmas and all. Met up with Ann and her friends in Oxford and had lunch at a cool restaurant...mmm microwaved quiche =P but the Earl Grey tea was REALLY good =). The colleges and libraries in Oxford were of course very impressive though a little disappointing since they either charged heaps to get in or they were closed =( Worst of all, Christ Church, the place where the great hall of Harry Potter was filmed was closed =S *sigh* Stupid snow and not enough salt...GAH! You'd think the British would be prepared eh? Ah well, was still a very cool city to see and all the university buildings did make it feel a little like Harry Potter =P Quite quaint too after a couple blocks out from the centre, guess I expected Oxford to look more like this in Christmas time, with the castle like colleges, empty streets and snow everywhere haha. Oh, got to see a T-Rex skeleton in the Natural history museum too just before I left...awesome stuff.
Met up with Tracy finally that night and went out to see the city a little. Picadilly, China Town, Oxford st, London is amazing at night all lit up, especially in the Soho area, got to see the West End and the shops they just go forever! Oxford St, good for shopping and night time haha.
Next day we found out that pretty much all the museums and places that we wanted to go to were closed 24, 25, 26...fantastic...*sigh* Ah well, still cool
Christmas Day!!! It was a different feeling without family there, not that we did much normally back home but it would've been nice. Everything was closed of course so we decided to walk all the way from Hyde Park (where we were) to Westminster and up to British Museum and back....yeah...if you had any idea how big London is, you'd know that isn't a short distance and by the end of the day Tracy and I were both pretty knackered
Boxing day of course, Tracy had to go to the Christmas sales, unfortunately the tube was on strike...of course, wonderful day...so we waited for the bus. Only to have two of them drive off without taking any passangers since they were all completely packed. Decided in the end to grab a London cab since we were NOT walking all that way again haha. Quite spacious inside actually and was cool speeding through the London streets. My the sales were crazy though, lines that went on forever! Filled with tourists and what not hoping to get the Christmas bargains. Swarovski, Zara, all the department stores were completely packed, fortuantely I was smart enough to escape the maddness and went exploring on my own through London on Boxing Day
The last day in London was crazy...rushing through the British Museum and the Tower of London since they were FINALLY open again. The British Museum was massive and the great court inside is really something, unfortunately we couldn't spend so much time there so I spent it speeding through most of the exhibits...ooo-ing and aaaa-ing as required =P. Saw the parts of the Parthenon from Athens, the mummies from Egypt, some very cool collections of Assyrian sculptures...mmmm, feeling very cultured indeed =P. Korean for lunch then it was off to the Tower of London. Had to pay for this one but was worth it I think. Cool medieval renactments, got to see the king's armory AND take photos of it for once and got to see the crown jewels
So that was it! London! Wow, I really think it's a city I'd be coming back to and one that I could definitely see myself living in. Maybe it's the english being spoken everywhere, or the buildings but I feel quite at home in London, and there's so much happening and so much to see, it's a very exciting place. I didn't even go on any pub crawls! Must come back haha...also I really wanna see the Science and Natural History museum one day....DINOSAURS!!
DONE...man travelling and being sick sucks and I've had no time to update things...will put up photos etc soon!! But right now, 2nd day in Paris and I'm LOVING it more and more...I'M IN PARIS!!! c'est magnifique =D