Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I got Mom an Oyster Card (Tube Pass) and went on our way- Victoria Line, transfer to Central Line, off on Queensway. We got off at the Tube Station and there were tons and tons of people, tons of policemen, and it was just weird. Not like it used to be.
We walked just around the corner to our hotel, dropped off our stuff, and then I was excited to show Mom the London Centre (well, the outside of it) and how awesome of an area it was to live in. Yet again, more people, more policemen, and lots and lots of garbage on the streets. I reassured Mom over and over again that it was different when I lived there, but still, it was really crowded and gross. Palace Court though was quiet as always.
We walked a little bit through Kensington Gardens and then got a Waffle on Queensway (there aren't just any waffles, these basically taste like donuts and have chocolate, caramel, whatever on top. So good.) I had to do a little last-minute souvenir shopping for my brothers because my shingles kind of messed up my plans for the last part of my time in London, so we did that and went back to the hotel. It was super early, but we were super exhuasted. So, we went to bed.
The next morning was kind of unevenful. We got up early, took the Tube to Victoria train station, and a train to Gatwick airport.
Also, we found out why all the chaos: The SECOND BIGGEST CARNIVAL IN THE WORLD (Rio is #1) is at Notting Hill. That's why it was psycho. Haha
I saw so many cool cities and did so many cool things, but still, I think that London will always hold a special place in my heart.
See the Eiffel Tower in the distance??
One of the bells. I really feel like I need to watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame again
We had some time before we had to leave, so we stopped by the "Arc de Triomphe". It's just in the middle of this roundabout street, but it's so big and cool looking.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This morning Mom and I enjoyed the fancy breakfast at the hotel made by the fancy hotel owner Matteo. Then, we walked around the markets surrounded by tons and tons of fruit and tons and tons of fish. We went souvenir shopping (I got a mask… like masquerade mask, something that Venice is pretty famous for), then checked out and took the water bus (“vaporetto”) over to the train station.
The train rides and transfers went successfully. The second train ride, from Milano to Zurich, was beautiful. When we weren’t going through tunnels, we saw the incredibly beautiful Alps, and the sparkling lakes and all the trees and cute cottage houses. It doesn’t really seem real yet that I’m here in the Alps (in Lucerne… Luzern is how it’s really spelled) because all I’ve really seen is through the train windows. Tomorrow I’ll get to see the wonder of the Alps without glass in the way.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Venice is exactly what I imagined. It's breathtaking. Amazingly, peeling paint and algae water make for beautiful beautiful scenery. Ahhh.
This is Rialto Bridge, and on Saturdays there's a huge market (well I think it's just on Saturdays, I'm not really sure)