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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.

Rome in a day

Day two in Rome. Through the whole trip we have been lucky with really good and sunny weather, but you always have to have one wet day and this was the day. But as I always say;

“It don´t exist bad weather, just bad clothes” Siri Saugstad

So we got dressed and went out again. This time we jumped on a tour bus, you know those jump on jump of busses that exist in almost every major city in the world now. Its really nice to just sit in a bus under a ceiling and watch the city go past. It was a little bit colder, but we still had a good time.

One of the major stops we wanted to jump of, was the Vatican city. I didn´t know this, but Dave told me that the Vatican city is a county in its own. So by visiting the Vatican you can cross of another country on your list.  We manage to get in. The last time I was there the line was so long that it took me and my dad almost 3 hours to get in. This time we just walked in. I don´t know why it was like this this time, but the line was nowhere to be seen.

The Vatican just keep on amaze you. Its amazing and beautiful and detailed in every part of the place. On one side I am a very romantic girl. I love those kind of palaces with so much thought and love behind, but on the other side I know the story behind this rich interior. The reason why they cud build all this was because they made people pay for their sin, give indulgence to the Pope. People all over the world did this to get a place in the heaven and this is were it all ended up. Not just this though. They also had soldiers going all over the world gathering treasures for the church. The Vatican was never build on honest money, but it still is a amazing and incredible place in the world. A proof of how creative people can be, when they have the money…

Tomorrow is the last day of our amazing trip to Japan and Rome. Come back in a week and I will tell you all about it.

Thank you Iceland

Then our last day in Tokyo. For second time we were of to Narita airport. This time prepared to maybe go back again after a hour or too. Standing in the line we kept a scarp look at the departure board. We felt really bad for the people going on the air france plain when it got cancelled. But we managed to get true the line without Rome getting cancelled. So we were very happy when we got out tickets to Rome.

We weren’t able to fly direct to London from Rome, so we got 3 extra days in Rome! Im not complaining. At the airport we found a cheap and nice hotel in Rome centrum and started to plan the next days in Rome, the main capital of Italy.

When we got to Fiumicino airport in Rome it was very late and we didn’t have any money. Of course everything can´t go as planed, when Dave went to take out money his card didn´t work. He didn´t manage to get out any money, not good, since my card was in Sopporo somewhere. We exchanged the Japanese yen for euro, but it was still not enough. After some phone calls he manage to get his card working, thank God.

Then the next problem was to find out how to get in to town. We found out that it went a bus and a train. The bus was cheaper, but we couldn’t find it and almost missed the last train.

Finally in town we had to find the hotel. Im always surprised over how nice some people are. We went in to another hotel and asked where it was and he showed us on a map. Finally late a night we came to the hotel and what a hotel! I was to tired to appreciate it full, but Antico Palazzo Rospigliosi (the hotel) was really beautiful.

So then we finally were done with a month backpacking in Japan. It have been awesome! Japan is a beautiful, exiting, different and cultural country I think everybody should visit once in their life. I had a great time, and I hope you all had a great time reading and watching out trip. Now its time to walk the streets of Rome, a totally different city from Tokyo in so many ways.