And I am saying: Just because I am alone doesn’t mean I won’t travel… And so this was the start of my solitary wandering around the UK… In my attempt at crossing out one of the items that I’ve listed in my 2013 Bucket List (which is “to visit at least one tourist spot in the UK per month! =p), I have decided to give London a short visit at the end of February this year, since it’s the nearest tourist spot from where I currently stay (Reading)….
It was my first time to take the train around here, and I’m glad it’s way too different from the railway system that we have in the Ph (if you know what I mean—honestly (and sadly) speaking, I just don’t feel like taking the train in the Ph.)
From Reading railway station to London Paddington, it took me about 35-45 minutes of travel. Then I had to take the tube (underground train) from Paddington to Westminster for another 15 minutes or so. A few meters out of the station and The Houses of Parliament welcomed me!
It was not so gloomy around here… :) I was just trying O-Tough’s dramatic filter! =p This photo was taken by some random stranger who happened to be touring around London as well.. :D Actually, there were a lot of tourists around the area during that weekend, so it wasn’t too difficult to get someone to take a photo of me! =p
The London Eye is just right in front from where I stood, so I walked my way to go and see that big Ferris wheel in London. But before getting there, I had this panoramic shot of the Houses of Parliament:
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. It is said to be the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom.
It’s this big Ferris wheel that tourists take a ride on to have a panoramic view of London, which includes famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf and so on.
I didn’t try riding on this Ferris wheel, instead I spent my time walking around London to reach the other famous landmarks. :)
Here are some snapshots I took while I walked my way to the famous Tower Bridge…
The Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name.
I’ve had countless shots of the Tower Bridge using O-Tough and my iPad… Seemed like I couldn’t get enough of it! =p I realized that photowalking can sometimes be so tiring, especially when you’re carrying sling bag with all your gadgets haha! It was a good thing though I didn’t bring CANdice (my DSLR) with me…
I wanted to see the London lights, so I decided to stay until night time. And while I waited, I’ve had some more snapshots…
And it was night time…
…and one last… :)
My O-Tough did a great job during this photowalk! :D When it was about to get its battery drained (because of me using the filters haha) even before the sunset, I made use of my iPad to get some snapshots, reserving O-Tough’s battery for the night shots… :)
The London Photowalk somehow made me realize that traveling solo could also be fun, despite having no one to share your hassles with. :) It was also a way to overcome my being shy… =p Now, I am looking forward to more trips around the UK! :)
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