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…
On the way to the hotel, I passed by this small Filipino grocery.
The hotel was situated close to a line of brown-bricked houses/apartments with lovely flowers outside the windows
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.
I was fascinated about how old the London Underground is and at the same time dismayed about its dilapidated, decaying and neglected state.
Peter Pan’s statue at Hyde Park
Changing of the Guard
Entertainment at Trafalgar Square
I remember reading A Study in Scarlet right before visiting London
The busy area close to the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
The Roman Baths
Jane Austen’s apartment
Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire among all cathedrals in the UK
It also has one of the original copies of the Magna Carta
I love these gothic arches
The oldest working clock in the world from 1386 AD
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.
One of the ancient tombs surrounding Stone Henge
England’s pretty white rose
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.
Ancient looking clock at Fleet Street
The dungeons with the Gherkin in the background
The modern bridge to Tate Modern
At the British Museum
Drinks at The Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub — drinks to keep you warm from the cold rain
Oldest book shop in town
Watching Les Miz for the first time!
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!