Friday, September 23, 2011

PKOV: Much Ado About London and Rome Day 4 & 5

Day 4:
Another jam-packed tourist-y day. I remember my cold being at its worst this day. Anyway, we started off with the Tower of London. Ignorant child that I am, I didn't really know much about the tower, so I found it really cool to see the bloody tower and the places where they tortured and kept prisoners. Seeing the crown jewels was a major plus too. Afterwards we headed over to St. Paul's Cathedral (holy moley the price to get in! Though if you go during mass it's free >_>), crossed the Millennium Bridge to go to the Globe Theater (another slightly expensive thing we cheaped out on. Shopped around the gift store though). Lastly we headed over to Harrod's. The main reason I wanted to go was for the food department. Japan has enough expensive department stores/malls thankyouverymuch.

Day 5:

This was our England-in-one-day trip with Viator. We took a bus from Victoria Station and went to Stonehenge, Bath, a drive through the Cotswolds towards Stratford-upon-Avon. For some reason, in my mind I expected Stonehenge to be bigger, not that it wasn't cool to see, it was. I think my highlight and also regret was Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon. I couldn't tell you how shocked I was to see Bath. One moment we're just driving through the Cotswolds, then after a bend you just see an amazing panoramic view of the town and it was just...magical. When I go back (notice WHEN not IF) to London, I'll definitely do a day trip of just Bath. It would've been nice to explore more of Shakespeare's hometown. We just had time for the Birthplace and a quick walk on the main street. The champagne and scones at the museum was a sweet bonus. When we returned we just had a pub dinner and I had my first fruit-flavored cider. Which was like drinking a chuhai.
The tour was jam-packed, but it was a nice way to see as much of outside London as you can in one day. It just made me want to see MORE.

Tasties of the day(s): afternoon tea. Again. XD

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