My Europe Trip 2010 – London, England

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Just to share some photos of the Europe trip I embarked about a month ago. Yep, for the entire month of June I was not in Malaysia so any blog updates were actually pre-written posts lol.
Anyway, we covered England and most of Western Europe‘s countries like France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and also Czech Republic in a span of 28 days. Also, we did a brief stopover at Belgium just to catch the Eurostar back to London. Instead of dedicating a post to detail each and every place we visited, I think an executive summary of our trip in the country would suffice.

english-breakfast

I flew with Emirates and arrived in London after transiting at Dubai. Stayed at Malaysia Hall in London, which provides affordable accommodation to all Malaysians – cheaper if you are a student studying in UK.

salmon-breakfast

We had a full English breakfast and a fresh salmon toast with scrambled egg at a cafe nearby. Almost all eateries in London offer full English breakfast at 4-6 pounds, and surprisingly our first breakfast was also our best. Even the coffee was great!

sherlok-holmes

Then we visited Sherlock Holmes’ Museum at Baker Street – only saw the building and went into the museum’s gift shop instead lol. Simply because we thought the entrance fee was not really worth it – felt more like a tourist trap.

sherlok-holmes-sign

The area was quite special.. it was scattered with Sherlock Holmes’ sign especially at the Tube station (London’s underground)

national-history

National History Museum boasts a grand interior, it mostly exhibits life and earth science specimens. One of the major reasons we visited was because it is free.


national-history-museum

And the famous skeleton of a dinosaur is the center of attraction.

underground

Walking in one of the many London’s underground tunnels.

albert-hall

Which brought us to Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design with a collection of 4.5 million objects. It is seriously huge and to really look at each and every exhibit would take you forever. Again, it’s free so the experience was really worth it.

albert

statue-mummie

gold-chest

open-cupboard

cupboards

armors

v&a-statues

v&a

statue

The above are some glimpses of what to expect in V&A: the countless statues, columns, paintings, metalworks, jewelery and etc, simple impossible for me to show them here. All I can say is it was a very eye opening experience – even for a non-artsy person like myself lol.

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40 Comments on “My Europe Trip 2010 – London, England”

  1. Danny Lim

    I can,t figure out why the wanton mee and roast duck rice are so delicious in London, is it the weather, environment,the Hongkie chef or the ingredient ?

    1. vkeong

      I would say its their chef (from HK) and the access to good quality ingredients..

      but the claim of their roast ducks are the best in the world, def not true haha. the person who said that obviously never came to Malaysia (or worse still, never tried the roast ducks in Beijing and HK before)

    1. vkeong

      hi steven.. I traveled on my own so here is a rough breakdown:

      return plane tix via Emirates: RM3050
      Eurail (train to go around Europe for 1 month): RM3200-3500
      Accommodation, food and etc (entrance fee to places and such) RM6000-7000

      so in total it was around RM13k like that. do know that I only stayed in hostels, and ate very very cheap foods most of the time

  2. wyyv

    unker vkeong!! u are back~! hahaha.. i guess u muz had a nice trip at Europe:) I also feel like going to Europe with my girlfriend too in future~ I really like your pictures very much , I wish that one day I could take some pictures which are as nice as yours^^
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Sweet Hut – Kuchai Dynasty Central =-.

  3. fraulein

    Nice post and pictures! Mind if I asked exactly how much to pay to get into Tower of London? It holds a lot of historical events and tragedies including beheadings of royalties like Anne Boleyn. Maybe that’s why it’s so killer expensive.
    .-= fraulein´s last blog ..Shogun Japanese buffet- One Utama =-.

  4. akachester

    Nice post! But talking about expensive entrance fees, any estimation on how “expensive” are they? Given the chance i would want to visit London as well :)

    1. vkeong

      it’s 17 pounds per pax.. but if you are serious about visiting the places in London.. a London Pass would be better because it gives you free admission to many places including this Tower of London, as well as free use of the public transport

  5. jeffrey

    wow vkeong, you are one of the best photographer i’ve ever known. your pics taken are simply the best!!! you should be a famous photographer rather than a famous blogger.lol

  6. M@Y

    vkeong, you traveled alone and it costs RM13k? As in not relying on relatives who’s living there, or best buddies living in UK? Plus, everything was done by online on your own or through the tour package Free & Easy? I’m planning for a holiday some time sooner. Appreciate your quick reply :)

    1. vkeong

      hi M@Y,

      To answer your question.. I traveled with my gf actually, and it cost me RM13k for myself only. We did not rely on anyone we knew, the flight tickets, train tickets, accommodation, food and daily activities were planned by ourselves. Or you can say it’s free and easy.

      Just for your information, the hostels we stayed were booked on hostelbookers.com and typically one night’s stay is 17-20 Euros for a dorm room (shared with at least 4 people) while private ones are totally out of our budget. Food would be around 10-15 Euros and honestly we had to tie our stomach for most of the time. Better get an accommodation that provides breakfast, it saves you a lot, really

  7. RollsRoyce

    Europe beefs and bacon, eggs and pasta should be really delicious! Nice coverage and of course the Chinatown’s food in every corners of the world is quite satisfying. I do want to have a try at EU and elsewhere since I’ve ventured to Perth,Korea but that was when I was pretty young. So hopefully to grab some cheap-n-run food shots! Ahahaha.
    .-= RollsRoyce´s last blog ..Loong 龍 Online =-.

    1. vkeong

      Hi Cheryl, here it is

      London -> Paris -> Interlaken -> Lauterbrunnen -> Milan -> Pisa -> Florence -> Rome -> Venice -> Vienna -> Munich -> Prague -> Berlin -> Amsterdam -> Brussels -> London

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      1. John

        Its actually a cast of the actual skeleton which is in germany if I recall correctly. Most museums network and collaborate on research so they actually make lots of cast for each other. But its still very old and valuable.

  10. ik3da

    Seriously, I hate coming to your blog. From food to travel stuff, damn – it is really poisoning to go through. Totally feeling like quitting and going Euro-trip now. Damn you unker.

  11. Ann

    Hi Vkeong, Can you share with me your london itinerary?
    and any nice place not to missed?
    any good food not to miss ?
    with affordable price hahah thank you.

    i will visiting london and certain europe place in 20days end of sept 2011

  12. Ann

    and what about london pass.. how u utilise it during the trip?

    what kind of very cheap food can get :p, me too want to save more..

    thank you.

  13. snowcrab

    Hi Vkeong,

    am desperately need your help if possible in planning for my trip to switzerland. I’ll b going in apr & plan to do bern, montreux, interlaken (if to jungfraujoch), lucerne & basel (due to leaving to amsterdam) in 7days.

    need to know what train to take & which city i shld disembark fr paris & the best travel routing before leaving to amsterdam from basel. also shld i buy any pass or point to point tkt.

    thanks a million in advance for your help!

    1. vkeong

      I don’t think I am fit to give any advice.. I can hardly remember the details too. I feel it is best you use their website to plan your trip..

  14. ykristen

    Found yr write up on london paris while reserching fpr my trip in April appreciate if you assist in how you booked your rooms in Malaysia Hall as well as your experience there and whether they were curfews. Have gone to their website but can’t find booking info.

    Appreciate it

  15. lena

    hi vkeong…stumbled upon your website while googling malaysian hall..how do i go there? i am planning to take heathrow connect and take tube to either queensway or bayswater (which one is nearer?)…any advice?

  16. Lea

    Hi, I want to know do you keep London as your last destination? I plan to tour Europe, but I’m afraid I get denied entry to
    Uk, may I know what doc u have with u during entry to uk? Any specific like air ticket ?

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