Wednesday, July 23, 2014

La Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

Even in April, there was a long line to enter. We waited for about an hour. The top level was closed due to high winds and the first floor was closed for renovations so we were only able to go to the second floor. But the view from the second floor is fine. Based on the last time I visited, it's pretty much the same as the summit, just a little lower so if you want to save a few euros, you can just go up to the second floor. Or if you really want to save some euros, you can also take the stairs (704 stairs, 115 meters). Note, the stairs only go up to the second floor.

going up in the elevator

view from the second floor

southwestern panoramic

northeastern panoramic


view to the east

view to the west

view from Trocadéro
prints available

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

London (part 3)

Random photos while walking around London

the Shard

London Waterloo Station

London Bridge

Monday, July 7, 2014

London Underground

The London Underground (or simply the Underground or the Tube) covers a good portion of London, but there were constant line and station closures (both announced and unannounced).

Oyster cards are used for ticketing. Fees are based on zones you travel between. Calculating fees can be confusing for out-of-towners, or you can just load up the Osyter card and not worry about it.

Oyster card

the Underground entrace

the Underground during rush hour

Monday, June 30, 2014

Food in London

When visiting England, two foods you have to try are fish and chips and pastys. Fish and chips is battered and fried cod with fries (or "chips" in the UK), and pastys are a savory pastry filled with meat and potatoes.
London's diversity also means that there's a wide variety of non-English foods to try as well.

Fish 'n Chips, unfortunately this particular fish 'n chips was mediocre

West Cornwall Pasty Co.
On another note, the Google Nexus 5's camera has terrible auto-focus. It's like the camera is always drunk...

Pastys are a must have while you're in London! It's like a meat pie that's been folded in half.

my cousin enjoying a pasty

Other random dishes we had while in London:


chicken wings

some salad?

meat pie

City Best Kebab

Kebabs from City Best Kebab. Yeah, it's not a great photo, there's plenty of meat down there under the vegetables.

Chinatown for deserts, because we're Asian like that.

ice, green tea ice cream, red bean, love jelly

ice, vanilla ice cream, mangoes and lemongrass jelly

ice and a mix of fruits

green tea ice cream

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Windsor, UK

Windsor, Berkshire is a town just outside of London where Windsor Castle is located.

To get to Windsor from London, you can either take the train from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside station or take the train from London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central. Note, you will need to buy tickets from the kiosks or counter, your Oyster card won't be enough even though the turnstiles have Oyster card readers.

From London Waterloo, simply take the train to Windsor & Eton Riverside. Windsor is the final stop. The trip takes a little under an hour and stops at the station by the Thames River. There is a short walk from the station to Windsor Castle.
From London Paddington, take the train to Slough and then transfer to the train for Windsor & Eton Central. The whole trip is about 30 minutes.

Windsor Castle is one of the Royal Family's residences, but is also open to the public. Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the buildings.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

changing of the guards at Windsor Castle.

St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

along the Thames River