The view from the top floor straight down
Next destination for the first day, also another famed monument of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe. This arch serves as a monument to honour those who fought for France in the Napoleonic War. Also, underneath the arch, is a tomb of an unknown soldier from World War 1. To me, the amazing thing is that, several roads radiates from this arch that stretches several kilometres long.
Next, we had a walk at the nearby prestigious street, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées , where everything pricey to luxury is displayed. Chanel, LV, Gucci, Prada, Mercedez Benz, Massimo Dutti...any of the big brands of the world, you can find here. Seeing we're unable to purchase anything, we just have a look from the outside of the shops.
From there, we headed on to another famous destination. Lourve Museum. I think lady luck went to sleep...because, the ticketing counters closed when we went in, rendering us stuck on the entrance hall, not the exhibition halls. So we just proceeded to take some pictures of the inverted glass pyramid in the museum, which I like very much.
Last destination, is the Notre Dame. Famous for? I don't know. All I know is, the Disney's movie, Notre Dame is based on this cathedral. We didn't go in because, every cathedral looks the same in Europe, no matter how famous it is. So we decided that, we will skip this one. But at least we took a picture of it on the outside =)
After a whole day of walking around, we were tired beyond measure. So we turned in early, skipping the night views of Paris city, and headed towards our beloved hostel, and most of all, the soft comfy bed.
Then...there's the next day...which, is even more exciting...on the next post...
The tickets is worth 90GBP, and I thought, it was quite worth it, as I love his voice (quite a fan honestly). And then misfortune seems to love me lately. First its the volcano, where I spent an extra amount just to get back in time.
And now...the ticketing company we bought our tickets from, IS GONE!!!! @#$@%@$@
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"Travelling, and seeing how other countries in Europe are like, that, is the most valuable experience studying overseas"
Pisa to Florence - 2 hours - local regional train - 10th Apr
Florence to Rome - 7 hours - local regional night train - 15th Apr
Rome to Pisa - 3 hours - local regional train - 18th Apr
Pisa to France to Switzerland to Belgium to Netherland - 19 hours - chartered bus - 19th Apr/20th Apr
Netherland to France to England - 8 hours - bus - 20th Apr
London to Nottingham - 3.5 hours - bus - 20th Apr
The summation of travel times and transportation modes...more to come...
Cambridge, famous for the University for being one of the top in the world, in my opinion, almost on par with Oxford and Harvard University. It is also the place where football is first played, back in 1800s by the students of the University.
Having visited so many different places in the UK, I was coming to the conclusion that, most places, be it town or city in UK, is about the same. Same architecture, same house designs, same same same. That however, cannot be said to Cambridge. It is by far, the most traditional English place I've seen to date. Even the houses along the road looks very, different. They had a lovely, relaxing sort of look from them. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of them, due to time constraint.
In Cambridge, there's nothing much to do, except for a few must-do's. First, is to go punting, a traditional boat, named a punt, thus the verb punting, on the canal. It isn't the best adventure out there, but I think its worth going into the punt, and travel along the canal and have a look at the beautiful lush greens, with the ancient fascinating architecture of the century old colleges of Cambridge University.
I personally went before to grand places where, in my opinion, photography always fail to capture the grandness of the place itself, because, it simply isn't photogenic. However, in Cambridge, I feel each and every colleges look so grand, and yet so ancient, and when a photo is taken, it still feels very grand inside it. Amazing. Some examples of the colleges are Trinity, St John, King's and Queen's Colleges.
St John's College
Cambridge also gives me a feel of a world where the modern society meets the ancient architecture. You can have anything in Cambridge (except Asian stores, its rare!) ranging from bakeries, patisseries, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (the best burger restaurant in UK!), McDonald's, but then, all of them are inside the olden days buildings. Even the famous UK pharmacy change their usual pendarflour lit blue signage to a stone carving signage. Amazing!
In the end, I think Cambridge is worth visiting. A place full of history, beautiful architecture, big lush greens, lovely canal, and plenty of bridges, each, with their very own history.