EuroTrip 2008 Day 3 (London)

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Parliament and I
Day 3:

Hello everyone! So I woke up this morning around 10am, after going to bed at 6am. Thank god I wasn't hungover. So I got up, did the usual routine and came down to get some grub and check emails and stuff. By the time I did all that, it was already 12 something. Not good when I'm trying to get to everything on my itinerary. As I stepped outside, I saw why people always complain about Londons weather. It was very cloudy and it looked like there was gonna be some showers.

My first order of business was to over to Westminster Abbey. However, on the way there, I saw the Westminster Cathedral. It's kind of odd looking with it's striped color scheme. Anyways, after that I scurried over to Westminster Abbey.
Some new friends I made :)
Once I paid the 12 pounds to get in ($24), I stood in awe. I had seen millions of pictures from the outside, but don't believe I've ever seen any from inside. There was a plethora of statues, stained glass windows, etc that adorned the church. I was about to take my camera out when I heard someone next to me getting their camera taken from them. You know, normally getting a camera confiscated would deter the average person to not take picture......but not me haha. I was determined to take some quality shots with me (I only partly succeeded as you'll later see). So after getting the audio guide that comes with the initial admission fee, I set off on a interesting journey. I now feel I know everything about everyone that has ever been there, died there, or gotten coronated there hehe.


So back to the pictures. My plan was to put my camera in positions where the guards couldn't see (or block it with my body) and take photos. Granted, I didn't get a chance to look at the view finder too often and since I had to be quick, a lot of the shots came out blurry :( Either way, Westminster Abbey has been the best attraction by far in my opinion.

After Westminster Abbey I wandered around a bit. I passed by 10 Downing Street and saw a crowd of people taking pictures. I wondered what the commotion about. Apparently, that's their version of the White House. It was pretty lame though. I took a picture, but you can barely see anything through the gates.

By this time, I was getting hungry and decided to get some lunch at this authentic looking place.
Westminster Abbey
For some reason, it's name escapes me at the moment. Normally, people flock to restaurants by big attractions. I usually try to gauge the restaurants quality by seeing the amount of locals that go there. This place had quite a few native londoners there, so I checked it out. Obviously, I had to try the fish & chips since I had heard so much about it. I took a pic as you will see. It was pretty good, but I guess my palette prefers the fish and chips in America. Either way, it was still pretty tasty.

With a satisfied appetite, I headed over to Trafalgar Square to check it out. I stopped, took a pic with one of the dope lions and snapped a couple other shots. Squares I think are something I believe the U.
S. is sorely lacking. I notice hoardes of tourists flock to them, but I also notice locals seem to hang out there as well. I figure if the U.S. had more areas like this, it might increase social cohesion and, I dunno...... ok school mode off hehe. At the back end of Trafalgar Square was the National Gallery. I'm glad they didn't charge, as I only saw a few pieces that truly interested me. Also, it was the same type of deal there as Westminster Abbey. They don't want you snapping pics, so you will buy pics at the gift shop. Bollocks I say! I still think it's hilarious the few times I've heard that by here. But yeah, they made me erase the few pics I had. I still somehow managed to sneak two by them. One is the "killing of the innocent". It stems from the biblical story from where Herod killed all the innocent children.
The Abbey and I
The other, I forget the title, but I found the cut off head really crazy. Unfortunately, since I had to be low pro, they came out kind of blurry as well.

After spending a few hours at the National Gallery, I headed over to Piccadilly Circus. According to my guide book, it's named after a type of shirt (pickadils). I still think it's a weird name. This is definitely a hustle and bustle area of London. It's been compared to New York's Time Square. I was taking pictures, but apparently my camera's battery couldn't hang as long as I could. Also, I passed by there last night on the way to the clubs, but I forgot my freakin' memory card so I still need night shots of Piccadilly Circus.

Also, as I sit in the hang out room at the YHA London Central, I met a really cool couple from Spain.
great work
Alejandro and Pepa (well, her name is Josefa, so Pepa stems from the female version of pepe which is a nickname for people named Jose). Apparently, we're gonna go check out St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and some other stuff tomorrow.

Well, I have to get ready and meet up with a friend for dinner, so I'll talk to you ladies and gents later. I'll try to update what I do the rest of the night tomorrow. Lates!


UPDATE: So last night I ended up meeting my friend for dinner at a little pub/tavern. I figured I had been doing the touristy side of London up until that point, so I decided to get a more authentic experience last night. With some help from the hostel employees they pointed me over to this pretty popular tavern with the locals. When we got there, we noticed there was a band playing (as you'll see in the pic).
The band was actually REALLY good. They played a variety of different styles of music. From blues, to jazz, to rock, to other types of music I'm not sure what to classify them as. After dinner, we hung out there till the band was done. Since it was getting kind of late, my friend headed back to her hostel and I wandered around the city for a while. Since my camera ran out of batteries when I was there during teh day, I took a couple pics when I passed by Piccadilly Circus at night. Anyways, today I'm off to see Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, and hopefully I can fit in some other stuff. Take care, and I miss you all!
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Parliament and I
Parliament and I
Some new friends I made :)
Some new friends I made :)
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
The Abbey and I
The Abbey and I
great work
great work
crown jewels
crown jewels
Flying buttresses....... that alwa…
Flying buttresses....... that alw…
AHHHHH, MY ARM!!!!
AHHHHH, MY ARM!!!!
National Gallery
National Gallery
Cool fountain in front of the Nati…
Cool fountain in front of the Nat…
Piccadilly circus
Piccadilly circus
A REALLY dope band I saw at a loca…
A REALLY dope band I saw at a loc…
OOOOOOOO...... the colors, the col…
OOOOOOOO...... the colors, the co…
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