In my last post, I shared photos from my family's first full day in England. We ended up at Trafalgar Square and enjoyed some street performers. We actually went down to Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street, but didn't take any photos. I was in charge of the holiday calendar in London, and I made sure to include personal days. Check out my post on Travel Tips for Large Groups.
On one of those personal days, my sister scheduled an outing with one of her friends from secondary school. My brother and I decided to escort her, since it was the first time anyone would use the Underground/Tube. We got her to the meeting point where she met her friend - he turned out to be another blogger's brother! As they went off, my brother and I went on our own to see more of London.
Our first stop was at Saint Pancras station, or was it King's Cross? Or are they the same station? Hold on, lemme go and check... ah ha! It's King's Cross St. Pancras - so it's one tube station. BUT they are separate [overground] rail lines.
We wanted to find stuff to do around there but didn't see anything, so went to the nearest bus stop to go on a mini tour. I was talking to myself and wondering where Marble Arch was, and this little old Englishwoman says, "Oh dear. I overheard you say Marble Arch, and I'm afraid you're on the wrong side of the road if you want to catch a bus." My brother and I asked her which bus to take, and she said the 30... which was already approaching the bus stop on the other side of the road! See how we picked race!!!
Haha, we were able to catch the bus just on time :)
Let's learn a little bit about Marble Arch, shall we? It's one of London's major landmarks. It was designed in 1827 and supposed to be situated near Buckingham Palace.
However, in 1851, it was moved to its current location now - at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road.
According to Wikipedia, only members of the Royal Family and the King's Troop Royal Artillery are permitted to pass through the arch.
The arch was designed based on Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. A fun fact is that it was supposed to be topped by an equestrian structure of George IV, but the statue sits in Trafalgar Square instead. Can you spot it in my previous post?
At some point, my brother and I got hungry and we went to the nearby Pret-a-Manger. Whyyyyyyyyyyy in God's name don't they have any branches in America - Atlanta to be precise?!?!?! I got this Wild Crayfish sandwich, and my brother had a Falafel wrap that quickly became my favorite item on their menu.
Back to Marble Arch, they have pigeons nearby, which my nephew had fun chasing on a different day.
Take a look at the photo above and the one below. Can you notice the birds flying? In the top photo, the birds are blurry, and the bottom photo, the bird is focused. It was just a matter of changing the settings on my camera - a trick I learned in my Photography class.
Right by Marble Arch is this bronze sculpture of a horse's head. The piece is called 'Still Water' and was made in 2011.
I love the message of it - "The joining together of two separate but connected individuals - two people, one mind." In this age where there seems to be so much division, I wish there could be more oneness across the globe.
And there's my brother with the Brothers!
One of the concepts I learned in my photography class was Framing. I just had to use 'Brothers' to frame 'Still Water!'
Like I mentioned earlier, we went by Marble Arch another day - this time with my mum, sister and nephew.
Of course, I put the whole day on Snapchat.
See my Snap story from that day.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. Up next might be our day at Afternoon Tea.