Sunday, October 16, 2011

PKOV: Much Ado About London & Rome Day 8-9

Day 8 was a sad day indeed. London was so much fun. I loved the history, the shopping, the PLAYS. I would go back to London in a heartbeat. I almost wished, ALMOST, that we spent the whole time in London.

We arrived in Rome in the evening and spent ridiculously stupid amount of time a jolly ol' time lugging our bags around trying to find our hotel. Let me tell you after being in public transportation-friendly places like Japan and London, Rome was a hard pill to swallow. It's a good thing Rome is walkable.

Day 9:

We checked out The Spanish Steps first since it was close by. After our first lunch in Rome (heaaaaaven) we weren't really sure what we wanted to do, so we hopped on those hop on bus tours to get a feel for the city.

I swear after the bus turned and I saw this, my mind was blown away. Has to be one of my favorite landmarks in Rome.

Piazza di Spagna @ night

During the day we discovered there was going to be a huge event at the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps for you non-Italian speaking folk). Apparently our first day in Rome happened to be the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. In that light, it's kind of interesting that unified Italy is younger than America. The event was pretty sweet: opera singers busting out popular(?)/famous pieces and dancers finished with a fireworks display. Not bad for a first night in Rome.

Tasties of the day: Limoncello (holy. crap.)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

PKOV: Much Ado About London and Rome Day 6 & 7

And so here is the wrap-up of my week in London. Day 6 and 7 was more last minute shopping, geek stuff and of course, the reason why we had this trip in the first place: Much Ado About Nothing. Day 6 was spent in the National Portrait Gallery, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Beatles Store. Honestly, having the Beatles store next to the Holmes museum was a bad idea. Well for me anyway.

We didn't really have any plans this night, so in the afternoon we bought tickets to Pygmalion. My cousin and I are huge fans of My Fair Lady (AUDREY I LOVE YOU), plus Rupert Everett as Mr. Higgins was too good to pass up. And yes, the play was amazing, though I didn't know about the ending. I suppose I'm happy since Mr. Higgins is a douche and kind of deserves it, but at the same time I did like Eliza and him together.

Day 7 was spent trying to get decent pictures of us crossing Abbey Road and geeking out in the Doctor Who Experience. It was nice to go to the exhibit as someone who used to watch the show. Although after seeing the stuff and getting hints of what I've been missing I have jumped back on the Doctor Who bandwagon. I honestly expected Abbey Road to be a bit wider and I felt bad that there was so many of us tourists trying to get this damn shot while drivers were just trying to go by. In the afternoon my cousin wasn't feeling so well so while she napped I went back to Picadilly Circus and shopped at one of my fav expensive designers: Desigual. At least they were having a sale. Anyway, we met up in West End to what we were waiting for all week: Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Oh. My. God. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. I loved how the play was set in the 80's. Drooled a bit with seeing men in uniform (especially Tennant). Oh, and hearing Tennant in his Scottish accent? YES PLEASE. Sadly, at the end we weren't able to get a picture with Tennant or Tate, let alone an autograph. We didn't know where to go to see them ^^;;

And so ends my trip in London. I love London. Money permitting, I would go back in a heartbeat and stuff myself with scones and clotted cream, explore more of England, watch more plays...the list goes on.

Tasty of the day: Fish and chips. Of course.

Next: Rome

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