Warning, from this point forward, I will use so many exaggeration (that will insufficiently describe how beautiful places I luckily had a chance to visit).
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral is the kind of sacred place that could literally drop your jaw to the floor. Because you will stumble upon something from gazing toward its ceiling. That’s the impact of the epicness of Britain’s architecture. But I went by with contrite heart unable to capture its ceiling epicness on my camera since it’s forbidden to take picture. I just took it’s outside architecture (the exterior design itself blew me away). I may look like hillbilly, but that’s another effect of Great Britain’s architecture to me. If beauty can make you depressed, this one definitely is (depressed from its awesomeness).
it’s a home birth of Queen Victoria, and it’s dated back since 17th centuries. If I wasn’t amazed by the architecture or the design, I was truly amazed by how they diligently preserve the buildings. There’s nothing more rewarding than the ability to adore and witness human’s legacy from centuries behind. This much respect to history and people is what I probably can bring and share back to my home country in Indonesia. History is part of our identity must respect, uphold and preserve.
Natural History Museum
What interest me much about the building was how it could be a palace or a cathedral. Except that when I entered the building I was welcomed by giant dinosaur skeleton and soon the idea was diminished.
Chelsea Football Club Stadium Tour
I’m not a fanatic of any football club, or following premier league game. But, I do watch World cup years after years. And although I understand the rules of the game, knowing some of the famous football players, AND do not mind watching the game for straight 2X45 minutes, I must admit the players draw my attention much more than the game itself (Confession of female soccer not-that-much-of-a fan).
Anyway, the visit to the stadium was great. You get to see the “off-camera” scene such as the entryway, the VIP seats, the player’s changing room, the press conference room, and many other part of the buildings I didn’t know would exists. I could only imagine how does it feel to be there when the game is on (surely made note to self: Do come back to watch the live game someday!).
Buckingham Palace & Victoria Memorial
Right in front of Buckingham Palace is Victoria Memorial Sculpture, a monument to honor Queen Victoria. On top of the statue is the gilded bronze winged victory. It such a fine art to savor.
When I arranged the itinerary, there were several options of hostel in London such as St. Christopher Village, Walrus hostel, and YHA Central London. After looking at about 20 hostel, our choice narrowed down to those 3 hostel. They are strategic, near the tube station, and have a pretty good reviews on tripadvisor. But when we were about to book, the two of them (St Christopher Village Inn and Walrus) had already run out of room sleep four. That left us with YHA London Central.
And it didn’t disappoint us at all. It’s about 10 minutes walk to great Portland street tube station, and about the same distance to Goodge Street Tube station. It’s also close to relatively near attraction such as Sherlock Holmes museum, Madame Tussaud London, Regent’s Park, and Piccadily Circus. The kitchen are very wide and equipped with many kinds of kitchen utensils. The common areas also clean and wide, and the room is also clean. It was such a nice stay for me and my friends.
Day 1 at London – Journal to the past @May 3rd 2015)