On a perfect sunny day like this, picnic is always a yes! With some good friends, I made my way to Daylesford to eat sandwiches and skewers over the uber calm lake. It's been a while I haven't really used my beloved camera to photograph something other than food and archi jobs as well, so I'm pretty pleased to finally make some portraits again! thanks my photo victims for being so patient when I keep slowing down the walk to action the snap button. Anyway, we headed over Macedon Ranges after finished off our business (took endless shoots around the lake) in Daylesford. There is this mysterious Hanging Rocks that is sooo good to see. Everything there is extremely photogenic. But seriously, idk if this is safe enough. the giant stones really looks hanging and stacking lightly on top of each other. however we did't think much about the 'safety issue' when we're there. We still go crazy and took pics in every corner we found, even if we have to climb the stones or stand near the cliff edge.
Stepping in into the city wall that circles around York is like entering the gate into a different universe. I'm concerned that this may be is a sign that I've become old and boring as plain walking gives a great fun to me, but whateva! Discovering every single bit of York is worth it. Wandering here almost feels like watching a dance performance. The buildings and the houses are swinging and curving in a choreographic way. I do wonder how rare it is to find straight lines here. Artistic, or maybe the architects were just drunk when they built it.
THE SHAMBLES | Said to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH | The oldest church in Yorkshire from medieval time. See those weird boxes? The higher boxes are for socially important and wealthy people, like knights & dukes.
BETTY'S | Where there is tea, there is love. I TOTALLY AGREE. And that was one of the finest apple pies in my short life.
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM | Saying this largest railway museum in the world 'nice' will be an understatement. The Station Hall brings us back to the past, when train was only for wealthy people. In the past, trains were really exclusive, and the quality of the cabin rooms are comparable to hotels.
MUSEUM GARDENS | You know what else's great about York? It's littered with castles and ruins everywhere. The people take their preservation seriously. This one must be a popular wedding venue in York, I guess.
The girl on frame is my friend in York, Aurel. You may have noticed her featured in my Scotland post. Aurel studies in University of York so I could pick a lil tester on British college life whilst staying at her house. Her housemates are hilarious! They even have House Quotes in their kitchen dashboard, saying something like, "Jane on Kate saying that she wants to lose her tummy fat: I can even eat you and it'll make no difference at all"
YORKMINSTER | This is the greatest structure in the whole York. They've been working to preserve this one for 7 years, maintaining the stained glass and repairing/changing the exterior limestones. It's exceptionally peaceful and sacred.
Photos and texts by Cindy.
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.