Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day two: some shopping and the Jack the Ripper tour!

So we accidentally slept for over 12 hours (10 PM to 10:15 AM), and were really hungry. So we looked on my map and found a place called My Old Dutch Pancake House, and oh my goodness, it was amazing! 

It is such a cute place! We were seated next to a (not working) fireplace. It was really sweet.

It also had a really cool ceiling!

AND THEN OUR FOOD CAME. Please notice the size of the plate; it was maybe 15" in diameter! It was more like a crepe than a pancake, but it was DELICIOUS.

Nicole got the plain (sugar + lemon) pancake,and I got the apples + cinnamon + ice cream pancake! Delicious! We will definitely be going back!

Then it rained so we ran back to the hotel to grab umbrellas, only to find that once we got to the hotel it had stopped raining, and by the time we got back to Oxford Circus, it had stopped raining there, too. 

A really beautiful building on Oxford Street. 

And another!

I really love how this photo turned out. It looks so foreboding, doesn't it?

Oxford Circus!!

Looking down Oxford Street at the cute historic buildings.


More history!

And a bit more history!

And even more! 

And then I found the main campus of my school!! It's right next to Oxford Circus!

It looks so much like F.I.T.!

A beautiful old building next to Cavendish Square, where we went to sit and rest for a few minutes.

So beautiful!

And in the park! Please notice the two figures on the leftmost bench. They were literally on top of each other making out for a REALLY long time, haha.

Another awesome old building!

And that first building with the couple. What they're doing looks much more innocent in this picture than it really was.

Another beauty!

Looking down the road just off of Oxford Street. 

And then we saw The Cock.
It's a restaurant.

Once we realized that Oxford Street really only has five stores, each repeated three times, we went over to Picadilly Circus! Which was far less exciting for us.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum!

A cool statue!

Another really cool building!

With cool...statues?

Really pretty!

Me with a telephone booth!

Nicole with a telephone booth!

The shoes I bought today! Aren't they adorable?!

The socks and shorts I bought!

And the shirt I bought!!

And Nicole and I recuperating in the room for a few minutes before going out to dinner!

We decided on YO! Sushi, a conveyer belt Japanese place. It was pretty good, and really cheap!
Nicole got (legally!) got Sake!

And then we headed to the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour! And the Tower of London was right across from the tube station!


A really cool, really old building. 

I loved it, it looked so old (because it was)!

Really neat old clock tower!

After the tour we saw DIRTY DICKS.

Right next to ABBOTT'S CHAMBER. We found it hilarious.

Today was a very successful shopping day, we had great food at a pretty good price, and the tour was incredibly interesting. :) All in all, a very good day!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Our journey to and our first day in London!

In the shuttle on the way to the airport!

 The airplane with a cute 1950s (?) style drawing on it!

In the airport!

On the airplane! Which left 2 hours late, and yet...

...we arrived 10 minutes early?? Crazy. But this is us on the Heathrow Express!

When we FINALLY got to the hotel I was starving so we went to Garfunkel's and I got a burger and fries and it was DELICIOUS. I was also falling asleep while I ate, so we went back and napped for 40 minutes, but it felt like an entire night of sleep! It was incredible and so at 1:45 PM we set out to be the tourists that we are.

This is the street our hotel is on, it's literally half a block from Trafalgar Square!

Trafalgar Square!

More Trafalgar Square!

And more...

...and more...

...and more!

The Sherlock Holmes restaurant almost directly across the street from our hotel!

A cool building. 

Big Ben and Westminster Abbey to the right.

A really cool gate with a really cool heraldic emblem.


Big Ben!

More Big Ben!

And me with part of Big Ben!

Apparently I really like Big Ben.


More Parliament.

A cool house.

So pretty!!

Ahhh, I love these houses!

I knew the name of this for like five seconds, but forgot. It was really pretty!

Pretty plants blowing in the wind: OOOOH~

Some more of me!

Yep, that's me.

Nicole and I sitting on a bench along the River Thames!

Our shoes! Nicole's are adorable!

A cool lamppost.

I honestly do not know what building this is.

Or these? It all gets so confusing when I take pictures out of order.

Another cool historical building with really cool...

Relief carvings!!

I loved this clock!

Last but not least, a really cute house that was for people who raised ducks or something. It was so small and adorable, and I loved the plants!

We finished this big adventure around 4:30, and then lounged about, ate dinner at the Spaghetti House around 6:00, and now we have turned in for the night. Nicole is currently napping, but we plan to go to bed pretty early so that we will be nice and rested for tomorrow's exciting adventures!!

Until then, CHEERIO!