Europe, Travels
Comments 2

London, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral

The London Experience was definitely a first of many firsts in my traveling history. Among these firsts was the first time ever for me to step in Europe. Everything around me was such a visual treat! That’s why I decided the best way for me to show you around London and a bit of its countryside is by way of my humble pictures. Scroll down for the London of Summer 2008…

dsc_0759

On the way to the hotel, I passed by this small Filipino grocery.

dsc_0777

The hotel was situated close to a line of brown-bricked houses/apartments with lovely flowers outside the windows

dsc_0832

London underground directory — most of the stations were closed down and needed fixing almost every day I was there… most old European city underground trains are like this.

dsc_1607

I was fascinated about how old the London Underground is and at the same time dismayed about its dilapidated, decaying and neglected state.

dsc_0908

Hyde Park

dsc_0803

Peter Pan’s statue at Hyde Park

dsc_0895

Changing of the Guard

dsc_0948

Entertainment at Trafalgar Square

dsc_0960

I remember reading A Study in Scarlet right before visiting London

dsc_1009

Souvenir items

dsc_1027

The busy area close to the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey

dsc_1075

The Roman Baths

dsc_1142

Jane Austen’s apartment

dsc_1216

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire among all cathedrals in the UK

dsc_1199

It also has one of the original copies of the Magna Carta

dsc_1161

I love these gothic arches

dsc_1188

Ceiling art

dsc_1165

The oldest working clock in the world from 1386 AD

dsc_1227

It was quite a long trip from London to go to the Stonehenge. And when I got there, I wasn’t all that fascinated. I didn’t bother to go inside the fence. I was more interested in the surrounding hills which had some mounds for ancient tombs.

dsc_1258

One of the ancient tombs surrounding Stone Henge

dsc_1223

England’s pretty white rose

dsc_1340

This is one of the oldest pubs in London which was frequented by some of the famous writers (including Charles Dickens) back in the day. I had some fish and chips and beer inside.

dsc_1359

Ancient looking clock at Fleet Street

dsc_1413

Tower Bridge

dsc_1437

The dungeons with the Gherkin in the background

dsc_1401

The modern bridge to Tate Modern

dsc_1268

At the British Museum

dsc_1451

Drinks at The Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub — drinks to keep you warm from the cold rain

dsc_1553

Curious shop

dsc_1511

Oldest book shop in town

dsc_1565

Watching Les Miz for the first time!

dsc_1611

At Kings Cross on the way back to the airport

Some of the special things that I’ve enjoyed and might not have been so apparent in the pics: the friendly Filipino strangers at the airport, the very nice cabbie who didn’t take the fare because he took the wrong route on the way to the hotel, the people in the streets mistaking me for a teenager (I was 29 years old) but nobody bothered to ask for my ID in the pubs, how it was raining a little bit every day, the fresh flowers everywhere, the lovely parks, the museum with the Seurat painting, all the ten pubs that I’ve visited to make me appreciate beer for the first time, etc.

I would someday love to go back to London, and maybe visit other areas in the UK as well. But for now, I’m quite content looking back at the memories of my travel through my blogs and pictures.

Thanks for dropping by!

Cheers, and have a good weekend!

Advertisements

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s