Saturday, June 05, 2010

Paris-London Trip - Day 7

The first thing that comes out in my mind about London is red. The telephone booth, the bus, marching band, MU (I hate MU), … all are red colour.

We start our journey from Victoria area and walk to Buckingham Palace. When we reach there, there already crowded with people. Everyone is waiting for the marching band to march out from the palace. We hanging there awhile, and we planned to leave the area, the marching just started, ^^ lucky.

Victoria Memorial from front view

The marching band

The marching band

Sculpture at Victoria Memorial 

After Buckingham Palace, we walk pass Hyde Park and enter the Brompton road. It’s an area full with luxury brand, and there is a “shopping mall” that I have to mention here, the Harrods. I heard that Princess Diana like to shopping here. Ok, now you can imaging the price. We didn’t do any shopping there, first of all, it’s basically will only wasting our time; secondly, I’m afraid I will accidentally break anything and I need to wash dishes there forever :p

The next stop is Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum and next to it is Science and Natural History Museums. Nothing much special there except it is free.

After walking in the museums, we went back Hyde Park. It’s a huge park. It’s so huge until we are not able to finish it. Kensington Gardens is just next to Hyde Park, separated by a lake called The Serpentine.

At a corner of the park is the Albert Memorial. Maybe you don’t know who Prince Albert is, but you definitely know who Queen Victoria is. The Albert Memorial is commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband.

The Albert Memorial

My wife ^^

Next to the Albert Memorial is the Royal Albert Hall. If you like musical performance, then you may pay a visit here, but I believe the ticket is not cheap. Anyway, we only pass by the building.

Royal Albert Hall

At the end of the Kensington Gardens is the Kensington Palace. It was used to be official residence of our beloved Princess of Wales, Diana. We didn’t go in to the palace because it is not free and we also sick of seeing these luxury buildings after the Versailles.

Kensington Palace

Mirror trick :)

She is so sweet

The next stop is Marble Arch, which is neat to the Speakers’ Corner. Too bad we didn’t spot any speaker there. You may do public speaking here as long as the police consider your speech is lawful. I wonder when Bolehland can assign a area as Speakers’ Corner.

The Marble Arch

The next stop is Baker Street. If you are Sherlock Holmes’ fans, you definitely will know why Baker Street is so famous. Another tourist area in Baker Street is Madame Tussauds, the wax museum. The ticket price is £28 :s

Sherlock Holmes statue at the Baker Street

The next stop is at Trafalgar Square. When we reached there, the square is preparing for a concert. There are few famous buildings around the square. The National Gallery is at the back of the square, and right to it is Admiralty Arch which is a office building. At the left hand side is the St. Martin-in-the-fields, which is a church.

The Nelson's Column 

The St. Martin-in-the-field

The Trafalgar Square

Admiralty Arch

Walking from Trafalgar Square to the Parliament Square through Whitehall street will pass by Horse Guards and St. James’s Park.

The first building that attracts your eyes is the Houses of Parliament which have a huge clock tower called Big Ben. The building is also known as Palace of Westminster. Next to the Houses of Parliament is the Westminster Abbey.

Statue of Abraham Lincoln on the Parliament Square

My wife & Big Ben

The Big Ben

The House of Parliament

Westminster Abbey is a church but what make it so famous is because there are lots of great people buried in that area. Isaac Newton is buried there on 4th April 1727. Enter to the church is not free and when we reached there, it is closed.

The Westminster Abbey

You can see the London's Eye from the Westminster Bridge.

My wife & London's Eye

We end the day here.

To be continue…