As a follow up from the last post, I thought I'd share my experiences from my day out in London. Luckily for me, the capital city is only a short train ride away from my hometown, so at any given opportunity, I'm there! London always excites me, I just get so caught up in the buzzing atmosphere, especially when the day comes to a close and the buildings light up!
I was well equipped for my journey to London with an ice cold bottle of water and Heat magazine, starting the day catching up on this weeks hottest celebrity news! After a rather pleasant train ride, we hopped off at London Bridge and I just couldn't resist capturing a picture of the Shard - forever feeling like a tourist!
Into the Underground we went, packed tightly together like sardines - the only acceptable time to be face-to-face, nose touchingly close to a stranger! Our first trip was to the Monument - built to commemorate the Great Fire of London. A tough climb for someone that doesn't do a lot of exercise, with a 311 step trek to the top! The scenic view makes it all worthwhile, as you tower high above the city of London. It's not often you manage to capture two famous landmarks in one picture! I even managed to take a few selfies, despite the wind blowing in my face.
No trip to London is complete without some sightseeing, so next stop was St. Paul's Cathedral! Passing through the busy streets, dodging all the tourists, I realised not once have I ever appreciated this building. Standing in the cathedral grounds, I noticed how intricately designed it was and pictured the many workers it must have took to create this spectacular landmark. After many snapshots and much amazement, we continued on our travels! As we crossed the Millennium Bridge, counting the padlocks along the way, the famous Shakespearean Globe Theatre came into view. Yet another building I had not come across in London before. Fun fact: the Globe Theatre is the only building in London to be made with a thatched roof!
To continue our cultural trip, we visited the Tate Gallery! I'm not a massive fan of artwork, nor did I ever enjoy art in school, but I'm always intrigued at how artists manage to interpret different aspects in life and portray them in such creative ways - something I've always found impossible! Picasso has always been a favourite artist of mine and I spent a while pondering over his artwork and appreciating his talent. However, other artists left me speechless, and I didn't understand the logic in their 'works of art'... It was certainly an experience!
After all this excitement, I had worked up a rather large appetite! We'd been so busy and eaten not even a morsel, that there was no way we could avoid food. In-fact, we'd been so occupied that we'd managed to skip lunch! We treated ourselves to a much deserved McDonald's and I was pleasantly surprised that they had vegetarian options. I would definitely recommend the Spicy Veggie Wrap to any vegetarian readers and non-vegetarians, it was just that good. Finishing off with a free Monopoly Instant Win Toffee Sundae - so worth it!
The last visit of the day was to Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum. I'd never really considered the museum before and had always by-passed it when in London, but it was a great experience. Full of surprises and some real eye openers - from the World's Tallest Man, (featured below,) to the World's Heaviest Woman and my personal favourite Lizard-man! All his life he'd been a street artist and wanted to express this in his own being, so transformed himself into a reptile. Time flew by in the museum and somehow we'd spent 3/30 hours there!
Bye for now! Xxx