Monday, February 25, 2008

London Chinese New Year Celebration Trip 2008 (part 2)

  I stayed one night at the Journey's Waterloo. The hostel is a bit far away from the city centre, have to take the tube till Lamberth North station.. Nevertheless, nice staff and most importantly, quiet environment.

So after breakfast, we start our journey again...

in the subway to tubeThis is me in the Subway before boarding the Tube.

me in the undergroundIn the tube

Where we go? Hehe.. It is the St. Paul's Cathedral!! Believe it or not, it is in London city since 604A.D.!

 st paul church

st paul church with me

st paul church2

Then we walked to the Tate Modern Art Gallery through the infamous Millennium Bridge.

millenium bridge The Millennium Bridge

in tate modern This is me with the big rug sack!

admiring picaso work I am admiring Picasso's drawing!

tate Tate Modern bookstore and gift shop

art in tate modern This is what they call art...

After the "cultural" visit to the Art Gallery, we walk across the magnificent Tower Bridge! Took whole lots of photos!

The view from the bridge:city councilCity Council from the River Thames

 egg plaza Egg Plaza??

me with tower bridge  Me on the bridge!! OMG!tower bridge Tower bridge again without me in the photo.

city council and me Me with the City Council Building

tower bridge full and me Me again with the Tower Bridge

tower bridge full and me2Ok, will I ever get tired of the bridge?

The answer is NO! It is too beautiful. LOL!

 middle of the bridgeMe at the middle of the bridge span. The bridge span can be opened to allow bigger ships to pass by River Thames!

TowerBridge-001 Stock photos on the net just to illustrate how the bridge span being "lifted" .

tower bridge plate That is me again!

After having enough of the bridge excitement, we went back to Chinatown. Yes it is the Chinatown again, now in broad day light!

 trafalger square Went passed Trafalgar Square, with Big Ben in the background. Famous place for gathering.

chinatown in the noon I am back in Chinatown again.

chinatown in the noon2 So pretty...lion dance in chinatown We saw Lion dance! Woot, it is First day of Chinese New Year! OF COURSE!!!

chinatown with me in the day Main entrance for the Chinatown

We spend quite a long time there to have lunch, then head to Piccadilly Square!

picallidy squareFamous landmark! Colourful signboards on the building!

 picallidy square with me Proof that I was there!

picallidy square with sign postRoad signs and sign board

From there, we conclude our trip to London! There is so much to see, so little time to spend! Will definitely come back to London for more!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

London Chinese New Year Celebration Trip 2008

Chinese New Year falls on 7th of Feb this year. I have a London Chinatown trip all line up for the eve and the First day of Lunar New Year! Hop on to have a look at the nice photos...

First location is the Natural History Museum, located in South Kensington Area.. The Museum is home to the largest and most important natural history collection in the world, with over 70 million specimens ranging from microscopic slides to mammoth skeletons. . including specimens from the voyages of discovery by Darwin and Cook. (extracted from the official website)

natural history museum exterior

The grand exterior, with a bit of Gothic Architecture. Be sure to check it out up close on the building, as there are lots of animals and ancient extinct dinosaurs stone sculptures. Please correct me if I am wrong on the building materials. Haha.

 natural history museum 

This is me without the jump pose. Looks lame.

museum main entrance  The museum Main Entrance

Don't be fooled by the photo, it looks small here, but it is actually VERY HUGE!

comparison on the size of the entrance See What I Meant?

dinasour

Once we went through the main door, and of course the compulsory security checks on all bags, we were greeted by the extremely large dinosaur bones! me and dinasour  Me with the dinosour!

It is an amazing experience for this is the first time of my life (so far) I saw so many different types of Dinosaurs fossils and bones, all in "vintage" condition. It is breath taking...

dinasour view from the top Dinosaur bones view from the top.

me and dinasour2  Me with T-Rex.

Of course there are more to see than just dinosaurs... There are many other sections in the museum, example: Mammals sections, Insects sections etc... But due to the time constraints, we just browsed trough the rest of the sections.

saber tooth tigerSaber Tooth Tiger!!!

whales 

Me with the life size replica of the Blue Whale! Unbelievable HUGE! On the top of the ceiling is the display of the REAL whale's Bone... Takes me about 30seconds just to walk from the front till the end of the bones! OMG!

After the museum, we went to Buckingham Palace in hope to get a glace of the Queen!

south kensington Me waiting for the tube...

It is an incredible nice sunny weather, so we expect there will be lots of tourists around that area, and we were right...

buckingham palace World famous Buckingham Palace. The Queen is indeed in this residence, as the union jack is raised on top of the palace.

palace door2 In the front door...

buckingham palace front Great place...

with toshiko in buckingham palace Me with my travel mate. Still have no sight of the Queen...

We then take some photos in front of the Victoria Memorial, which is just opposite the Buckingham Palace...

victoria monument Victoria Memorial. More info on the memorial can be found here, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Next destination: Westminster Abbey. We walked past St James Park and manage to use the opportunity of the Golden Sunlight to snap some really nice photos. Really rare in this occasion as it is in winter.

 palace garden Peace and Quiet

birds and signs Signs...

After 20mins walk, we finally reached!

westminster abbey Westminster Abbey.westminster abbey and me

A quick look at the sign board indicated a service at 5 o'clock. We decided to give it a try. In this way, we can enter the Abbey for free, and of course it is to participate and experience other people's culture. As we still have 45 mins more to Kill, err... spend, I went to the nearby attractions.. what else than the BIG BEN!

big ben with london eye

black cab and big benBig Ben, Black Cab and London Eye...

  churchill and bigben Churchill and Big Ben

me and big benMe and Big Ben

We went into the Westminster Abbey and attended the Lent service. The songs are beautifully sung by the choir and the environment of the cathedral is amazing. An experience you will never forget.

After the service, we went straight to Leicester Square, Chinatown in London for dinner. We checked out the price lists from the restaurants wall displays and browse around till we see this place: China China ( 嘉礼华 ) restaurant in Gerrard Street. Haha.. Nice Price with Peking Duck offered! So We went in. GBP10 a person for 3 meals dishes, and GBP15 for half a Peking Duck.

 china china

We sat in the second floor, while waiting for the food to be served, as usual, I snapped some photos...

dinner at chinatown dinner at chinatown2

Just a little quick review for the dinner I had in China China restaurant. The tea tastes nice, with jasmine aromatic flavor slowly sooth your taste bud while you sipped the hot tea. The Corn and Chicken Soup however taste a little bit bland. The stir fried mushroom with cashew nuts was ok tasting and sweet and sour chicken taste better than I expected. Toshi commented the fried rice, she loves it very much. The main highlights of the dinner is the Peking duck! Taste 4 out of 5 stars! Taste so good! I took away one star because it is not warm at all.

peking duck

Peking Duck! Woot!

After dinner, we posed in front of the Chinatown Main gate.

chinatown

It went very late and We decided to go to the hostel straight away. Journey's Waterloo. Here we come! Haha..

journey waterloo  The place where I spend a night...

So where are we going on the first day of the Chinese New Year? Stay tuned!

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