After months of planning & research..we left for London with AAX. This was my 1st time travelling with AAX. I noticed that the legroom was slightly longer than AA. They served food twice, once at the beginning of the flight and later a few hours before arrival. We didn't bring along our kids coz i didn't think it was suitable for children to backpack, this was not a lazing trip where we would stay at nice hotels and all and last but not least, the trip to Europe itself had cost me a fortune, ok!
Our flight was at 3 something, the journey took us 11 hours and we reached London at approximately an hour to midnight.
|A day in history: London Stansted Airport... Excited gitu...!|
|At the bus stand: Hisap rokok jap lepas 11 jam menahan...:)|
|National Express Station@Stansted. View from inside the bus n from|
my hp's camera...blurry!
|Tiny flat screen TV..Channels need to be purchased separately. |
Underneath the tv is the coat hanger. On the
right side is the door. Depan sikit dari pintu tu, pintu
toilet. That's about it! (I was snapping this photo from my bed)
|The lane to Easyhotel Victoria. Notice the small orangy dot on|
the right? That's the hotel.
|The hotel's entrance|
|This way to the palace|
|Even though the change was at 10, but people had gathered as early as 8.|
|The Queen's Gallery shop. I didn't go. Went there once last time. Hubby also not keen to go inside.|
|Capturing the moment from outside..|
|Clean n well kept park|
|A squirrel playing happily at the park|
|Ni bangunan kerajaan kot...X pasti plak bangunan ape...|
|We spotted a Malaysian Flag|
at Matrade London
|Dah sampai Trafalgar|
|The lion from in front|
|Dah tak banyak dah pigeon nih...Not like 8 years ago...Migrated to other countries it seems...|
For yr info, Trafalgar is the 1st stop of the HOHO Bus London. We all x naik pon HOHO since we were short of time...So, jln2 sendiri aja... Puas lepak2 Trafalgar, we went to the Art Gallery. Since our trip was a budget one, so jln2 pon carik tempat2 yg percuma...There are plenty of free places to visit in London, so no need to worry! Just do yr research n u're set to go!
|Street artist was showing his talent at the square (this was taken|
adjacent to The Art Gallery). You can drop coins in
the hat if u wish to...
|Another street artist on the move! Kami ambik gambar|
curi nih pasal die bengang kalu ambik gambar tapi
x sedekah duit...hi..hi...
|Another view nearby, St. Martin|
|Curi2 tangkap gambar..Actually, u are not allowed to take photos here.|
The guard stopped me, so i didn't take anymore photos after that...
After Art Gallery kami jalan2 lagik kat sekitar Westminster and snapped photos here n there... We didn't go into the attractions...Just seeing them from the outside would do!
|Kids were playing football near Buxton Memorial|
|Westminster as the background|
|St. James Park|
|The red tel booth memang|
sinonim with London
Lepas jalan2 kat sekitar Wesminster, we took a tube and went to Fulham Broadway pasal ada Chelsea's fan wanted to go to the stadium. The journey was short, actually. We took the district line-Wimbledon branch and stopped at Fulhams Broadway. At the main exit, turn left. Just walked about 500m, you will see the stadium.
|Sampai dah...Ni kat depan tube station|
|Jalan ke depan sikit, jumpa Chelsea College|
|Upper tier gate 5-6. We didn't go inside.. Kene bayar lagik 15 pounds to enter .|
|Middle: Merchandise shop...|
Habis posing2 dan belik merchandise kat sana, we all went back to London. Oh ya, we bought t-shirts (for us n the kids), key chains, cap,ball (for Faris) dan mcm2 ada...So, after Chelsea, we went to Tower of London dan sekitarnya plak..We took the same underground, and stopped at Tower Hill, no interchange. Senang ja, kan...! Oh ya, while u are in London, do not buy separate tickets, buy the Oystercard..atau kalau berduit lebih sket bolehla belik London Pass. Kami X masok pon..Tangkap2 gambar kat luar aja...:( Budget x mengizinkan... after all, x berapa minatla...
|Souvenir shop near The London Dungeon|
|Near the Tower Bridge|
|Tower of London|
If u have the chance n extra pounds, u can visit the Tower Bridge exibitions for a fee, about 7 pounds if i'm not mistaken... They will tell u aboutthe history, take u up to the tower and back to the engine. room. To cross and to look around are free, ya..x yah bayar...
After jalan2 dan belik souvenir kat souvenir shops dekat2 Tower of London, we went back to Victoria.. The time was already near 8 but the day was still clear..In June, Europe will be dark quite late, around 10, sometimes later than that...Hajat hati nak ke Eye of London tp tersangatlah penatnye...anyway, i'd been to Eye of London before, so no needlah... More or less like Malaysia n Melaka punya aja... I think Malaysia pon ambil ilham dari sini kot. Kene naik Jubilee line rasanya to get out straight to eye of London. We went back to the hotel after dinner at Victoria..Sorry guys, couldn't recall the restaurant's name.. We slept early that night..mengantuk sangat, still jet-lag, i guess...:)
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