Great fire of London 1666
“London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, falling down, my fair lady.”
Eversince I learned how to sing the abovementioned children’s song, I have always wanted to go to the famous city of London/ceremonial country of L0ndon. A mere mention of the word can ring my bell of palaces, magical creatures, and of course, the every little girl’s fantasy of the prince and princess living happily ever after. Now, a mere mention of the word will ring my bell of His Royal Hotness Prince Harry and someone I believe I no longer care about but I still hate. And since my Prince Harry does not need an introduction and the “someone” is not worth mentioning, let us proceed to my tour all around London in just one day. That’s right. It is possible to see the whole of London in 24 hours. No, it was actually nine hours only. =) That was with the help of a 14.50 pounds (one day traveler) ticket, of course. This ticket will serve as an all access pass to all public transportation in London (excluding cabs) for a day.
It was freezing as usual. By the time I, Sonya, and Kotchaporn arrived at the Victoria Train Station, I could hardly feel my lips. Worse, my clear snot was falling freely out of my nose with neither a permission nor a decent warning.
Sculpture of Julia ROberts at Madame Tussaud.
P. S. The only place worth seeing that we did not visit was Madame Tussaud’s world reknowned museum because we did not think we had enough time to enjoy its all four floors of wax replicas of famous personalities.
Early morning at London Gatwick International Airport.
My room at Arora Gatwick International Hotel.
View from my room window.
Crawley train station right outside the back gate of the hotel.
At the Victoria Train Station with my badly need cup of steaming hot coffee. My body was all numb. And do not blame the outfit! It was the weather!
The golden gates of the Buckingham Palace. 15 minutes walk from the Victoria Train Station.
It looked more like an old museum than a palace to me.
The Buckingham Palace and a throng of tourists.
fronting the palace
The red mounting guards.
Just some guards. The uniform and the horses matter, obviously.
Kotchaporn and I freezing outside the residence of his ROyal Hotness Prince Harry.
At the Green Park that is not so green in winter. While this picture was taken, a man was jogging past me wearing only a very thin sleeveless and shorty shorts. I swear!!!
The Westminster Abbey a.k.a. the House of Parliament. This is beside the Big Ben.
The policewoman offered to take our picture. =)
The clock tower, which is incorrectly known to some as the Big Ben.
My candid shot of Sonya and Kotchaporn.
A cutie Thai baby
London’s eye–the ferris wheel at the back.
London’s famous phone booth, black version.
My fab ride around London. Hehehe. Not really. This is a police bike. =)
The allegedly famous London cab, according to the postcards.
London City Hall
At last, I found my hero! Unfortunately for me, like all good men are, they are either married, gay, or dead a long time ago.
Kotchaporn at London Underground, established 1863, the world’s first metro system.
My candid picture with a stranger (man at my back).
The tower and the Tower Bridge
I am getting there.
The Tower, a square fortress built by William the Conqueror. This also served as the prison of Queen Elizabeth I.
Tourist bus with the tourists taking pictures of the buildings along the River Thames.
The famous London Bridge is falling down. =)
I was trying to take a picture of the cutie beside Kotchaporn. =)
A struggling musician at the underground.
A photo of me and London Bridge, er, Tower Bridge.
Here’s a better view of Tower Bridge. This was a hard-earned shot, taken while my body was so numb from the cold and after seeing a girl’s fully naked arse at the coffee shop’s toilet.
Back to to the hotel by 9pm after doing a little shopping at Crawley’s (walking distance from the Crawley Train Station).
That is how close the hotel is from the airport.
The crew leaving.
This is a proof that the world is round.