Sightseeing all day long

Third and last day in London. This day was my day and I wanted to see more of London, so this day was used for sightseeing.

We started the day with taking the tube to Westminster. Here we looked at the Parlament, Big Ben and London eye. I have allready seen all of this, but we chose to go here for another reason. I wanted to take the boat to Greenwich. I didn’t know a lot about Greenwich, but I had heard it was really beautiful. So I thought that would be a fun thing to do. We also got to take a boat up the river Thames!

It is really easy. You go down to the river by Big Ben and bye a ticket in one of the stands. They will then tell you wich boat to take. Then you just jump on the next boat that arrives. It is a lovely toure. It is no guide on the boat, but the captain uselly tell a story or to about what we are driving past. They are also very good at it, and I think I learned more about London of that captain then any history teacher I have had.

Greenwich is a lovely part of London. It is not so city like and you get more that calm feeling inside you. They have a lot of markets in Greenwich that I higly recoment go to. It is so much beautiful at places like that. Keep on going round and you will find big old buildings and small cure alleys. Big grass fields and maybe a blues festival.

When we came back to London center we walked back to our hotel through Regent Park, got to play with the squrrels. And then we said goodbye to London and took a Taxi to the airport and went home to Norway. But I will always come back to London, it is still much to see.

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Shopping, shopping and shopping

Even if I love the culture side by traveling, I am a girl and a big part of going to a new place is to take a look at the local stores. London is well known for their wide selection of fashion stores.

We started down at piccadilly circus, also known for the big wall with neon advertisement. A fun place to see and a good starting point. From there we walked up. One tips is to walk a little bit in to the small side streets. Here you can find the more independent, one of a kind, stores, that you later still will remember as something special. I find it really fun to almost get lost in London, because you can always find your way home with the tubes. Just don´t be to late out on no where 😉

After a while we came to Oxford street . Oxford street is the biggest shopping street in London, with all the fashion stores you can imagine. It´s also one of the most busy once. It´s so many people everywhere! For my part it´s a little bit too many people. I prefer the more quiet side streets where I can breath and walk in my own speed, without getting stepped on.

After that we went for Harrods. Harrods is a luxurious shopping center in London. It have the most expensive brands in the fashion marked and the most luxurious exhibitions. It was really beautiful and some not so beautiful. If you want to see someone known you can almost be sure you will come over one or two if you hang round Harrods long enough. It is here the rich and famous shop. So for a backpacker it´s more window shopping I would think.

London is a shopping mecca thats for sure. But I have to admit, a whole day with walking around in stores is hard. It´s not something I would prefer to do. Take some stores each day instead of everything in one day.

A weekend in London

I am now going a little bit a head in time again. This is after Budapest, Japan and Italy in the beginning of summer vacation 2010. This time I am on a weekend trip to London with my mom and sister.

The first day was a half day. I came down to London in the middle of the day and met up with my mom. My sister was coming later next day. We went for a cultural look at London, trying to see parts of it we haven´t seen before.

The first place we went for was Covent garden market. A cosy marked in the middle of London, but maybe the part that is more tourist like and not so business like. It have a lot of exiting stands with artsy products for everyone. The streets round it is also very nice and a prime example of British architecture.

After a nice shopping trip in the marked, without buying anything, we went along and took a look at  London eye and Big Ben. We didn´t go up in London eye this time. Last time I was in London we did that and its breath taking. You are in this big glass bobble looking over the whole of London. It go slow, its no scary shaking, it´s just like a relaxing trip through/over London. It´s a have to if you are new in London. It´s right by Big Ben, so you can take everything in one.

After dinner later in the evening we went to The National Gallery to look at some old art. It´s always fun to play a little bit cultural sometimes, even if you don´t really have that much fun looking at old paintings in quiet and big rooms. I was more impressed over the rooms then the paintings a lot of the time. When we came outside I also got more interested in a giant bottle with a ship inside it standing as art outside.

So to end the day with the most british that are we took a look at Buckingham palace. It´s always beautiful and full of traffic. Something that still irritates me. Why do you make a traffic road in front of the royal palace anywhere? It ruins the grande feeling it should give. It´s parks all round yes, but with a motor way running right through it the charm kind of disappear.  Beside all of that it is beautiful and the parks are mostly very peaceful.

One of the things that kept on popping up in London this time was elephants. Last time it was filled with cows, this time it was elephant statues decorated in all sort of funny paintings, all for sale. It´s for a organization to rase money. I kind of forgot to read what it was for, because I was so occupied with having my picture taken in front as as many elephants as possible. It was like a treasure hunt.

One thing I have never understand is people that take the tube everywhere in London, when you with no problems can walk to most of the big tourist spots and more, everything seem to be inside walking distance from each other. So next time you are in London try to walk from one place to another, don´t take the tube.