Europe Day 3 – London!

23 March 2015

Had breakfast at our hostel before going out~ Can’t believe I didn’t take any photo of the food for any day! But actually it was just jam and toast or cereal, and we would have it in the dining area where all other stayers are eating as well.

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View from dining area

We wanted to use our last day in London to go for the Windsor castle, Stonehenge & Bath tour as recommended by Nad~ But it was quite expensive and one of the staff in the hostel wasn’t very keen to lend us a phone to call the tour agencies.

We were told to use the payphone in the hostel but firstly, we had no idea how to use the payphone in London. Secondly, I think the minimum amount you have to insert is 50 pence (S$1); that’s a very expensive phone call. Thirdly, I believe the dusty phone was not even working anymore because it ate up my 1 pound (S$2) >.>

So we approached another friendlier staff for help and she lent us the hostel’s phone right away! But that also caused a quarrel between her and the auntie (that unfriendly staff)~ That unfriendly auntie just seemed to dislike us very much ever since we moved in, whether it’s racism or we had accidentally offended her, I don’t know. But anyhow, we apologised to the nice staff for getting her into “trouble” and decided to give up on the tour.

Sending a postcard to Sis! The red mailbox is another icon of London (:
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Since it was the last day in London, Bro granted my wish of trying The Breakfast Club!!! Initially we thought the queue is like this…
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But it was actually this long! O.O
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Despite Bro’s reluctance to usually queue for such thing, he still agreed to do it with me and it took us 1 hour to conquer this queue!
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Finally in and I definitely love the interior!
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Even the food looks so damn nice in all the pictures!!! But Bro thinks they tasted okay only, as usual, while I think it’s not bad but just not worth the 1-hour queue + pricey price tag~ It costs us around S$60 for this meal if I’m not wrong ._. But I would still queue for it to try at least once in my life!
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Bro’s Full Monty

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My standard Eggs Royale

Bro insisted on ordering the Pancakes & Berries (because he loves pancakes!) even though I knew it was gonna get us god damn full, and indeed! So full that I couldn’t move!
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Off to take the train to where Thapa recommended us to go, because we had no other plans. There really ain’t much in London in my opinion. Anyway, Thapa’s sister was moving house on this day, hence he couldn’t join us~

I forgot how we got there, but I remember it was quite a journey. And I think we took the rail instead of the tube (subway) to get there.
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Chanced upon this and I think it is Greenwich Pier? Well anyway, anywhere with water is just coldddddd.
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Finally arrived at the Royal Museums Greenwich!
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But this huge place is actually made up of various attractions – National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory!
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Queen’s House

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Feeling chilly~

Our main destination was still a long walk away and we had to walk through this beautiful park to reach!
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Reminded me of Korea’s Nami Island somehow (:
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A steep slope to conquer!

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Light rays

Finally reached our destination – Royal Observatory!
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Got our tickets and mine is 1 pound cheaper because I had been fully-utilising my overly-expired Poly student pass throughout the trip 😛 Saved 2 bucks just like this! Most of the attractions’ age limit for student price is below 26, so I still had a few more days to use! Hahaha!
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Where the tickets led us to~
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Taking turns to take photo on the iconic Greenwich Prime Meridian!
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So this is actually the line that separates east from west of Earth in the same way that the Equator separates north from south. Though years later, they discovered that the line is actually about 102.5 m off, which means it’s not exactly centralised. It has still become a popular attraction of London nevertheless and has still been recognised as the Prime Meridian.
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Spot Singapore!

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My pig brother only allows me to take photo of his feet >.>

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Secret snapshot of him! Bleah 😛

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A couple brought their Monchichi toys to take photo xD

London view from the hill top!
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Oh did I mention that another reason I hate cold countries is that you either ended up looking like shit, or you look like you’re wearing the same clothes everyday because it’s always the same jacket – or both -.-”
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Went into Time and Longitude Gallery to take a look and to be honest, I am totally not a museum person, but this is considered a pretty interesting museum to me (:
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More information about the Greenwich Meridian

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John Harrison’s H1

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John Harrison’s H3

The antique clocks when people still did not know how to fix so many mechanics into a small little box like our clock today!
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The giant clock

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What’s running behind the clock

For those who still do not get what has the meridian line aka the longitudinal line gotta do with time, the easiest way to put it is that’s what that causes the time difference between country to country~
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I never thought much about these time differences before so I think this globe that illustrates the time difference is pretty interesting!
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So with each longitudinal line, 1 hour is added~
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Time in London – GMT +0!

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Time in Singapore – GMT +8!

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Back to the chilly outdoor~

I don’t know what timing this clock is showing but it’s basically time to go off~! 😛
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Views from the steep slope before heading down~
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Spotted a super cute squirrel when we came down!!!!
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There was a couple teasing the squirrel with some food and he was trying to reach for it! Mad cute please!
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Finally got it and happily eating away! 😀
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The acorn-looking butt reminds me of one of the episodes of Ice Age somehow…hahaha! The one that kept showing silly scenes of the 2 squirrels fighting over an acorn xD
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Back to the city~ But I forgot where was this =X
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I remember it was still pretty early when we came back, so having no plans for the evening, Bro granted me to continue my Primark shopping!!! But at the same time, nagging that we still have a long trip to go and my luggage would become too heavy -.- It’s not like I get to come back every year…tsk.

This time round he was smarter though, he asked me how much time I need…hahaha! So I shopped while he went to explore and I finally managed to complete the store after like 1-2 hours! Primark is probably the place I miss most in London 😛

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Goodbye London!


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