Brentrance!

July 6, 2016

Second half of June, we were in the UK and it happened to be on the week of Brexit, one of the most important events in the history of the UK and of Europe. Almost whole of London was in utter chaos the day of the voting because of “severe flooding” that delayed a number of lines on the Underground and Overground & caused heavy traffic on the streets of London. The Filipina in me thought this was a way to sabotage the voting, then again, I was in a different continent, a different country… and people from the UK don’t think that way (hence the no reaction look from my London friends heehee!). Sadly, the Leave party won.

It also happened to be the week of the Summer Sale! Oxford Street was filled with Sale banners and because of Brexit, the pound was dropping day after day.

Tons of walking and shopping and sight seeing for 10 days. We threw in a visit to the Tower of London and attended a prayer service in St. Paul’s Cathedral. My boyfriend’s mates took us out to Shoreditch and we had a fantastic dinner at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant, but then the server spilled smelly fishy sauce on my white shirt, which was really annoying. On another night, we had lamb & steak at Goodman London. Our server was so cute when he asked if we were from Cebu (because he saw our dried mangoes – our presents for our friends). He said that he has a friend from Cebu & he was so jolly about it.

On our 3rd day, we took a day trip to Windsor & Avebury. Amazingly, the Queen was inside Windsor castle and you could tell by the flag that they put up. If there’s a yellow color on the flag, that means that the Queen is in!

Avebury is a neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. One of the prehistoric sites in Britain just like the Stonehenge, however Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe. During Summer Solstice (which happened when we were in the UK), Druids & Hippies celebrate in Stonehenge & Avebury.

It was quite nice to see Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage town known for its natural hot springs and 18th century Georgian architecture. Aside from the Great Roman Bath, this small town has a quaint vibe with all its little boutiques and cafes on the sidewalk. We took a nice stroll outside after checking out the Great Roman Bath.

There are so many things to see and visit when you’re in London. The parks are so beautiful especially during summer. And because the sun only sets after 9 pm, there’s a lot of time to go around as the days are essentially longer.

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Green Park, beside the Buckingham Palace

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the colourful houses in Notting Hill

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along Kensington Gardens

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the iconic Harrods

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Borough Market

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The Shard, tallest building in London

A tip for everyone, if you know you will be using the train often for a week, it’s best to buy an Oyster card with a one-week pass. At the end of your trip, if you return the card, you get  £5 back. Also, they have a booklet which you can get in tourist info areas or the Underground stations, wherein you can get a 2 for 1 price for almost all the  tourist attractions.

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Fun times, London! xx

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