My Europe Trip 2010 – London, England

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four-seasons

For lunch we went to Four Seasons Restaurant at Bayswater..

roast-duck-rice

We had none other than their world-famous roast duck, often being called the best roast duck in the world. If you are wondering, they do have a branch in KL at Capsquare and I tried it before. All I can say is, the real thing in London is wayyyy better (still not the best roast duck in the world for me though)

london-eye

Luckily it was a rather sunny day the next day so a better view of the London Eye can be captured.

london-eye-area

London Eye and County Hall, as seen from Westminister Bridge. The County Hall was recently been converted to house international restaurants.

buckingham

Saw Buckingham Palace but missed the ceremonial changing of guards.. a real pity.

buckingham-statue

Victoria Memorial at the centre of Queen’s Garden in front of Buckingham Palace, with the large statue of Queen Victoria facing towards The Mall, a road running from the palace to Admiralty Arch, which will be shown later.

gate

Situated not far away from the palace is Canada Gate in the Green Park, a tribute to the Canadian forces killed during World Wars I and II.

arch

Linking Trafalgar Square with The Mall that heads to Buckingham Palace is the Admiralty Arch, a ceremonial gateway.

trafalgar-square

Trafalgar Square is located at the heart of London and no doubt one of the most famous squares not only in UK but also in the world.

national-gallery

Just beside the square is the National Gallery that houses paintings from mid-13th century to 1900.

square

Nelson’s Column is situated at the center, to commemorate a significant admiral who died at the Battle of Trafalgar. This is also a nice spot for people watching.

kensington-park

And a visit to London would not be complete without having seeing their Royal Parks like Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. At Kensington Gardens there is a wonderful lake with plenty of freely wandering swans that aren’t human-shy.

hyde-park-horse-statue

The famous bronze statue of “Physical Energy” depicting a naked man on a horse in Kensington Gardens. Very energetic looking indeed, hmm.

diana-memorial

At the southwest corner of Hyde Park is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Many locals and tourists alike throng the fountain to cool themselves in what is said to be ‘the hottest summer in history’.

convent-market

And lastly a visit to the Convent Garden Market where I saw some great street performances with the magician being most memorable.

street-performer

This extra talkative performer was juggling a chainsaw. As to why he is half-naked, that’s a long story lol. Next country we visited was France, which unfortunately is my least favored destination throughout the trip. Well, until the next post then!

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