Showing posts from March, 2014

Hanging Out at Trafalgar Square and Chinese Food at Chinatown

* Originally built to commemorate the British naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar over the forces of Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars, Trafalgar Square is today a bustling public space full of tourists, relaxed Londoners and the occasional protesters. It is also London's main venue for rallies and public celebrations such as the countdown to New Year's Eve.

* At the head of the Square stands the neo-classical National Gallery, the fifth most visited art museum in the world, showcasing a collection of paintings dating back to the 13th Century. Among the two thousand paintings featured here, are among those done by the masters: Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, and Van Gogh.

Windsor Castle - A Lovely, Livable, Fortress

While Buckingham Palace is designated as the Monarch's official residence, the current Queen, Elizabeth II, usually spends her weekends in Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror(the same guy who built the Tower of London) in 1080, the Castle is the longest-occupied palace in all of Europewhose purpose was to guard the Western approach to London with its strategically important location along the River Thames.

* To get to Windsor, one has to take a 30-minute train ride to the county of Berkshire via the London Paddington Station. Thanks to the London Pass, we didn't have to worry about any lines or payment! Paddington is also the line servicing the cities of Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford and Worcester, thus making this a very busy place for travelers.