Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 3)

Here is the final installment for my travel diary from my trip to London!

DESTINATION #3: THE SHARD


On the fourth day of my trip, my mom and I went to the Shard, which is the tallest building in Western Europe, and the fourth tallest building in the world. Since we had received a voucher from the city bus tour from our second day in London, we were granted two free entry, “next-available-time slot” tickets for The View From The Shard (we had paid for the tickets in advance). I had been wanting to the Shard for a couple of months prior to my trip, so I was ecstatic when we bought tickets to go.

The Shard was designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, and was built from 2009 to 2013, opening to the public on February 1, 2013. It is a home to offices, a hotel, restaurants and bars, public galleries, and residential apartments – which are all scattered throughout the 72 floors of the building.

The most optimal view of the city is on floors 68, 69, and 72. The open-air observation deck is situated on floor 72, whereas the lower viewing decks are situated on floors 68 and 69. The weather was fantastic when we went, as there were clear and sunny skies. Here are some photos:






If anyone is interested in visiting the Shard , here is their website: 
https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com

This post concludes my London travel diary. I hope you enjoyed reading this series, and we'll speak soon.

-Em 





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 2)


As promised last week, here is the second installment of my travel diary from my trip to London!

DESTINATION #2: CITY BUS TOUR & THAMES RIVER CRUISE

The following day, my mom and I embarked on a hop-on, hop-off city bus tour for the entire day. We boarded the bus from our hotel, at around 11 AM. We first went on the Museum Tour, which included spots such as the Natural History Museum, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, the British Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall. After getting off at Piccadilly Circus, we embarked on the Original Tour, which included sights such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Marble Arch, Big Ben & Parliament, London Eye, Covent Garden, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Of all the sights I saw on the city bus tour, my favorites were the Royal Courts of Justice, and the London Eye.  The architecture of the buildings in London are breathtakingly beautiful! Although most of the buildings in London are old, they are filled with so much history and are all very well-maintained!



















After we finished the bus tour, we took a river cruise along the Thames River. By the time we reached the pier, it was around 5 pm, so it wasn’t too dark. As soon as we boarded the cruise, I realized I had the PERFECT view of Tower Bridge, so I quickly snapped a photo.  The river cruise was peaceful, and we rode at a leisurely pace. 













I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting London. Here is the link to the bus tour’s website:http://eng.bigbustours.com/international/home.html


I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! Stay tuned for part 3, which will be up within the next couple of days. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: London, Fall 2016 (Part 1)

At the end of October, my mom and I went to London, England for a short trip.  We were there for 6 days, and I enjoyed my trip immensely as this was my first trip to Europe. This will be a three-part series, as each post will highlight a different part of London.

DESTINATION #1: Selfridges and Oxford Street

Upon entering Selfridges, we were greeted by sales associates and a flurry of different perfumes and scents. These scents permeated throughout the entire floor, some musky and perfect for autumn, while others fruity and floral. Amidst the many perfume booths, there were also cosmetic booths, supplying brands such as LancĂ´me, Chanel, MAC, Kiehl’s, Bobbi Brown, Burberry, and Bvlgari. 

In total, there are five stories, with three basement levels. The first floor is perfumes, second floor is women’s accessories, and the third and final floor is men’s accessories. After exploring the first floor, we took the escalator up to the second floor. The only way to describe this floor is: handbag heaven. There were a plethora of different brands of women's' accessories including: Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Gucci, Longchamp, Aspinal of London, Coach, DKNY, and many others. After debating whether to splurge on a bag from Longchamp for a while (I’ve been wanting a Longchamp bag for a couple years, on-and-off), I finally decided to take the plunge. I bought a dark purple shoulder purse, which fit perfectly, especially for my short frame. I also bought two highlighters from Muji, as I’m a fan of their pens and stationery.




After shopping, my mom and I decided to take a break and have a late lunch before heading back to our hotel. We ate at The Brass Rail, a heritage salt beef bar located on the Foodhall/ food court level. I ordered their classic smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, while my mom ordered the blooms salad. Both were delicious and I would recommend to anyone who wants to grab a bite at Selfridges. Here is the link if you're interested: http://www.selfridges.com/US/en/content/the-brass-rail

As we were walking back to Bond Street subway station, we strolled along Oxford Street. This street is known for its many stores, catering to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. While walking along Oxford Street, we saw stores such as H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Aldo, The Body Shop, Pull & Bear, and Doc Martens. In addition, there were orbs hanging across wires throughout the entire street, which was pretty cool. 


In summary, we had a successful first day of exploring central London, filled with shopping and great food. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be up in a couple of days!

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