Friday the thirteenth, the only thing special is the ridiculous amount of time of sleeping I spent today. I tried to unpack my suitcase for a while (Basically I only took out the biscuits I bought from Fortnum & Mason) but I'm still so much in the holiday mood so I give up. I already miss waking up in Jessica's house, eating wheat rye breads (her home only accept healthy foods) with butter and St. Dalfour strawberry jam and a cup of English Breakfast... I think this 'homestay' experience will radically change my diet once I return to Melbourne. In fact, I already browsed some places for tea set shopping in Melb. Just wait! Anyway, to get a big picture of my UK trip, this is the itinerary:
London - Glasgow - Edinburgh - St. Andrews - York - London
While in London, I tried to avoid the mainstream tourist path a much a possible. Thanks to On the Frog app and some other blogs, I found my way to some unusual destinations. To be noted, the following guide is my personal review based on my London experience. You can agree or disagree.
Good, not a waste of time
Splendid. New knowledge or experience
Phenomenal. A moving experience
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I'm voting Daunt Books as the most beautifully designed bookstore in London! The romantic interior will makes anyone lost track of time while searching for books. It feels very welcoming and warm. The books are unusually arranged by their countries, not genres.
We went here early to watch the sunrise. Too bad it was partly cloudy, I bet it'll look more dramatic in clear weather. I give it 3 stars because I really like the whole experience. The shopping village I passed by while walking towards the hill is quite pretty too. We stopped in one of the cafes on our way back to have oat porridge and tea. I think on that day my obsession towards milk oolong tea officially started.
King's Cross Station
A real example of desperate action by us muggle who still hopelessly waiting for our Hogwarts acceptance letter. About twenty to thirty something people always seen lining up for a photo in Platform 9 3/4 at any times. There's even someone whose job is especially to swoosh the Hogwarts scarf when they take photo. Next to it there's the Harry Potter shop that sells wands and robes and Sirius' Escape from Azkaban poster. However, pardon archi nerd, I'm more attracted to the the formation canopy which acts as the station entrance.
National History Museum
It's a great museum for kids. So many displays about science and earth. Their dinosaurs collection is fairly impressive. I'm not very enthusiastic about it myself except for this grand hall.
Sights of a different face of London. The owner of this bookstore on water has been living in it for 4 years. He's not the only one. I'm quite shocked to find such a bohemian lifestyle in the heart of a big city like London.
This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate to heaven.
a phrase from the Bible written on the front gate of St. Paul's
A absolutely heartwarming and beautiful piece of architecture from the past. It has been through so many history, and I'm genuinely relieved that it survived from world war bomb and fire. The 3 galleries of the dome can be accessed by taking 530 steps (equals with 37 floors). Even if you are afraid of height, this is one of the place that I think should be on your bucket list. The Whispering Gallery is the best place to sit and listen to the choir below. I'm amazed when I went outside to the Stone Gallery, 100m above the London skyline, the angelic voice of the choir still could be heard, escaped throughout the stone walls.
*all photos by Cindy. Please kindly ask for permission before using it for any purpose.