Sunday, August 10, 2008

September 21 2007 - Westminster

After settling down for the night in the hostel, today we will start our free and easy London Tour...

But before that, of course we have to capitalize on the free breakfast provided by the hostel...

Cereals machine

They really have a wide variety of cereals to choose from... Of course they also have bread and butter and jam, coffee and tea and hot chocolate lah~

Breakfast

All set, we head to the Russell Square Underground station..

Ok, Underground is the name of London's massively crazy and extensive intra-city rail system (even crazier than the Paris Metro), which obviously runs underground...

They have this notice board giving directions to various places nearby..

Look, even our hostel is in the list! Generator Hostel

There's a lift sending us down

The rails are usually at least 2 to 3 stories below ground level, so there will always be either the lift or escalators in every stations..

Our 1st stop of the day: Buckingham Palace

Heard someone ask from afar *What is Buckingham Palace ah??*

Scratch head Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarchs, u know, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Prince Harry (hears some girls scream in delight), those people la.. faham??

Ah Leong "very impressed" with the palace

U know why I was so "impressed"? The palace looks just like any other buildings on the outside, and entrance is not FOC so we didn't wanna go in...

The main reason we're here is to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, but we were late and the ceremony is over.. shit..

Victoria Memorial, opposite the palace

We didn't catch the ceremony, but we saw this...

Soldiers on horseback

Upclose

Not a bright start for the day, let's move on...

Next attraction is just a 10 minutes walk down the street...

Vertical stitch of the attraction's front entrance using Panorama Maker 4

Westminster Abbey is the name of this building. Heard from afar again *Apa benda tu?*

Curse in the back Westminster Abbey is a large Gothic church, it is a traditional coronation and burial site for the British royalty. Ring any bells? No? Haih...

Sir Isaac Newton's tomb is also in this church! If u don't know who Sir Isaac is, I strongly suggest u go back to primary school and ask your teacher...

Group photo with the Abbey

Group photo at the side entrance

Usually, churches and cathedrals are FOC to enter, but not this 1.. entrance will cost £9 per person..

And, let me reiterate 1 thing: we're near the end of our stint here, and we will be heading to Dubai before going back to Malaysia, so we're really really really tight on budget, so most of the attractions that has that "entrance fees" signboard at the entrance, we will skip the interior..

Directly behind the Westminster Abbey, is another attraction that comes with 2 names...

The less glamorous half of the building

The greatly more glamorous half of the building

This building is the Palace of Westminster @ Houses of Parliament...

I'm sure u don't need more hints to know what is the function of this building, do u?

And the more glamorous half of the building, is so because of the clock tower, known as the Big Ben. This Big Ben is world famous because it is the biggest four-faced chiming clock in the world. When u heard some people mentioning 大笨钟, this is it. 大 Big 笨 Stupid Ben 钟 Clock...

View of Big Ben without people

Let's stray away into the political situation in our country for awhile.. The situation here in our beloved Bolehland is that, if anyone comes up with any idea of demonstration or large rallies to protest for some ridiculous measures introduced by the gomen to screw our lives up even more, we'd get police warnings, FRUs and tear gas for company..

Not here in London... because if u look across this Houses of Parliament, there's and interesting sight...

Parliament Square

Here, u can put up banners, set up camp, organise huge gatherings and massive protesting rallies without much fear... of course la, we we're not that "lucky" to encounter such an occurrence today...

The parliament building is located at the north bank of River Thames, and if u make your way across the river via the Westminster Bridge, you'll come across this gargantuan structure...

I present u, the London Eye!!!

Am not going to cover this London Eye in detail for today, because we will come back to this amazing ride some other time... today is purely for sightseeing...

It's getting late in the afternoon, and the only food outlet we can find nearby is McD... so...

This McD's dining area is in the basement

99pence burger

McValue meal

After lunch, continue with sightseeing...

Westminster Bridge

Palace of Westminster from across the Thames

Group photo with a souvenir stall

No, this souvenir stall is not an attraction, but they sell an interesting item...


Hehehehe, will continue in the next post...

2 comments:

asx said...

Oh, come on, man! Blog about your Penang date!

RealGunners said...

what date? no date ah me.. i go penang job hunt nia..