Montag, 29. April 2013

London - Tuesday

Tuesday started with a visit of the British Museum, just a five minutes walk from our hotel.

We even had to wait inside a bit, because they open up the rooms at 10 o'clock and we were a bit early. The British museum is huuuge, it takes up almost one city block. We wandered through the exhibitions as long as we liked (ca. two hours) and tried to see as much as we could.
Many pictures came out blurry because of the lighting, but here are some okay ones:

 From the European section, where they had so much beautiful jewellery from past times *___* 
Unfortunately, the two or three pics I've taken of them are reaaally blurry .__.
 They have a whole room full of mummies and the like! A bit creepy~
 From the Greek and Roman exhibition
The ghost behind the cabinet is my sister :D 

In the Japanese ward they had a life-size, authentic tea house! A pity you can't use it ^^"
I think, it's really great, that many museums in London have free entrance :3 They have very many spots where you can donate 5 pound though xD After  so much culture we were hungry and took a break at the restaurant chain Wagamama, where we had some delicious Japanese food
When our spirits were fully restored, we made our way to the Horse Guards, but oh - no horses or guards, except for two patrolling by foot were in sight. So we took a loooong walk through the near parks: St. James's Park, Greens Park, a stop at Buckingham Palace and then on to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, where we also saw Kensington Palace, but only from outside. 

Horse guards with no horses and no guards

At Kensington Gardens we wanted to drink tea at the Orangery, but unfortunately they had closed already because of private occasions.

It looked way too exclusive for our present looks anyway xD I'd have felt pretty uncomfortable, I bet, wearing something less than some elegant dress or suit. At least not casual clothes^^
As you can see, the sky lit up in the afternoon and the sun came out :) We were so thankful for that, because it was freezing most of our time in London >___< 
So no tea for us, at least there, so we decided to go to Harrods, where we spent a good deal of time in the food section and had tea and scones in their tea room. I love scones and I loved their tea! ♥ 
Afterwards I wanted to take a look at the toy department. It's like heaven \(*^*\)  
The decoration is awesome and they have so much stuff! But my sister forced me to go, she was afraid I'd go home with a life-sized plush gorilla or giraffe T___T 
So we bought some sandwiches for dinner and went back to the hotel, our feet hurt like hell from all the walking D:

That's our second 'real' day in London!

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P.S.: Seems like uploading photos is working again/still. It's just awfully slow and takes an eternity to start loading in the first place -.-

Montag, 22. April 2013

London - Monday

Of course we wanted to see as much as we can in those three days, so my sister and I started off right after breakfast. Our first stop was Leadenhall Market, where we took a look around and bought postcards for our friends.

I really like Leadenhall Market's architecture, it has that touch of former times *___*
We had planned to take part in a walk at 11 a.m., so we walked slowly in the direction of the meeting point, but there was still plenty of time left, so we walked on until we reached the Thames and strolled a bit alongside. 

As you can see, the weather wasn't the best!
There were some stone benches, engraved with flowers. At first we thought, they were just painted on, but no! 

 A really pretty ship :D
  The "Winchester Wharves". I wonder if they hunt demons by ship?
After a while we returned to the meeting point where our guide was waiting and when everyone had assembled, we took off on our tour. We walked quite far and learned a lot of interesting facts about the area. If you're ever in London and want a unique walk, without just seeing the major tourist sights, I recommend London Walks to you! We took the "Hidden London" walk and it's just 9 pound per person, 7 if you're a student like me.
 For example, we saw St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's pub.

 Shakespeare bought this pub!

The top of this church (uugh, I forgot the name v__v) is the original inspiration for the form of wedding cakes!

We paid a short visit to the Millenium Bridge after the walk and took the underground to Temple, but we didn't stay long, because it started raining.

I don't have any photos from the rest of the day - good for you :P 
But we spent an hour or so at Starbucks where we wrote our postcards, then went to Covent Garden and had a look at the shops, bought some tea for our mum and drove to Waterstones. I love that book store *___* They have so many books and a huge section for fantasy, sci-fi, grafic novels and so on <3 They even have a corner for lesbian and gay literature, but I didn't want to go there with my sister :D
I bought the BBC Sherlock casebook there. I still haven't read it, because I need to finish "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" first. But that's how it looks like:

A bit confusing, but Sherlock's on the front cover and John is on the back. I'm curious about the book, you can read John's blog posts about the six cases from the series and many more things    

At last we went to Masala Zone in Soho for dinner, where we ate authentic Indian curry. It was so delicious, but some things were a bit too spicy for me :D

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Freitag, 12. April 2013


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