I'm seriously trying to get back into the groove of my regular blog posts. While we were in the UK, my blogging schedule kinda suffered. Between all the traveling, sightseeing, and getting sick, I just couldn't post as much as I wanted to. And even after coming back, the zeal to edit the photos and videos was severely lacking. No joke, I have over 2300 photos from our time in England and Scotland! Since they are so many, I will break up the posts into different parts, and I hope you enjoy all of them.
First of all, we rented a house in Eltham, which is in Southeast London. To get to the city itself, we took the rail to Charing Cross Station. From Charing Cross, we were able to get around using the "BIG RED BUS" according to my nephew, or walking around, or using the underground Tube.
On our first full day in England, we were supposed to go to Sky Garden, which a FREE tourist attraction where you have beautiful views of London. If you want to go though, you need to book your time slot in advance on their website. We had booked early, but on the day of, everyone was running late. Since we were so late, we scrapped those plans and went gallivanting around London.
The Charing Cross Station's original building was opened in 1864, and the network rail line serves the Southeastern parts of London. Just a short walk away is Trafalgar Square which is famous on its own. Right there at Trafalgar square is the National Gallery Museum, which you can get into for FREE! London has a lot of museums that are free to the public.
There are also a lot of street performers, like these guys that look like they're floating in the air.
My brother had some fun with him.
You also have magicians, artists, and other kinds of street performances to keep you entertained.
In the middle of Trafalgar Square is Nelson's column, which was built to celebrate the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson.
He died in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It took about 3 years to build, from 1840 to 1843 at a cost of 47,000 pounds!
Nelson's column is surrounded by 4 of these bronze lion statues, which were added in 1867.
The day we went, the column was blocked off in preparation for a concert that was scheduled for the following day.
Also in Trafalgar Square are two fountains, which were installed to counteract the effects of reflected heat and glare from the asphalt surface of the square.
When my immediate younger sister and I were younger, we used to visit England almost every year and one of our favorite memories was chasing and feeding the pigeons at Trafalgar Square. [Un]fortunately, laws were enacted to ban feeding the pigeons there in the early 2000's. Apparently, there was damage to Nelson's column over the years from pigeon droppings. Some of the pigeons are resilient sha, because my nephew still got to chase around a few of them that day.
What I loved about England were the many many statues and sculptures around. I mentioned my love for sculptures in this post.
Hey, there's Cakes!
He annoyed me that day sha. Just because I'm usually the one taking photos, whenever anyone else (aka Cakes) has the camera, they forget to take photos of ME!
See my snaps from that first day below.
So this concludes the first part in my UK Holiday series. I'll be posting more in the coming days and next week. Some of the posts will include our fancy day at Afternoon Tea, my vlog on Shopping with Nemi (see her vlog here), hanging out with friends, our days in Scotland (I LOVE LOVE LOVE Edinburgh!), and tours of our accommodation in both places.
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