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London, My First Europe Vacation

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A May 2006 trip to London by MailaDai

Kathmandu Inn Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: I always wanted to visit Europe and finally last May we planned a 9 day trip to London . We had a fabulous time.

London, My First Europe Vacation

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British flags Photo, London, England
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I have never been to Europe before and I am glad that I did this trip to London. We got there on Saturday morning 05/27/2006 after an overnight flight from New York. I did not really sleep in the plane and the next day was terrible. Firstly, it was raining all day long and secondly I was jet lagged. I just stayed home all afternoon making plans for coming days.London is the largest metropolitan city in Europe. The main highlight of our trip was the London tour in the Original London Sightseeing Tour bus. We visited pretty much all the major landmarks of London like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, River Thames, London Eye, St. Paul Cathedral, The Great Fire Monument, Tate Museum,...Read More

Kathmandu Inn

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Restaurant | "Dining at Kathmandu Inn"

Kathmandu Inn Photo, London, England
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After a long tiring day of touring London, we decided to go to Kathmandu Inn Restaurant. Located at the heart of Central London, Kathmandu Inn, a Nepalese tandoori restaurant is just a couple of stops from Baker Street when you take a Hammersmith & City line underground train. You can get off at Goldhawk Road station and take a 5- to 7-minute walk west of Goldhawk Road. It is right at the corner of Paddenswick Road and Goldhawk Road.It just took us 20 minutes to get there from the Baker Street station. The place was simply beautiful and cozy with soothing traditional Nepali instrumental music playing in the background that relieved our exhausted minds and ailing feet. The interior w...Read More

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Kathmandu Inn
6-7 Seven Stars Corner
London, England W12 8ET
+44 20-8743 7192

Stonehenge

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Attraction | "Trip to Historic Stonehenge"

Stonehenge Photo, Salisbury, England
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By 7 am the next morning we were all pumped up and excited to make our most memorable trip to Stonehenge. That was also one of the main reasons for us to plan our vacation to London. A couple of weeks before our vacation, I was watching a documentary on National Geographic channel on the historic Stonehenge. Different scientific and mythological assumptions made by scientists and journalists about this one of a kind landmark in Salisbury fascinated me.We got our rental car from the London Heathrow airport. I was so excited that I didn’t even bother to think about how left hand driving experience would be. For a while I was nervous but a while later it didn’t really matter much. I was driving a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Stonehenge
2 miles west of Amesbury
Salisbury, England
01980 624 715

The Roman Baths

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Attraction | "The Roman Baths and Pumps"

Pulteney Bridge Photo, Bath, England
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Our next destination was Bath. We had heard about it a little bit and it is supposed to be of historic value. To take advantage of our rental car, we decided to make our way to Bath, a small town 40 miles north west of Stonehenge. We were on our way on A36 (a local road) in minutes.The drive to Bath was interesting but scary. A one lane, two-way, narrow, and extremely curvy road had a speed limit of 50 miles per hour. All sorts of vehicles—trucks, 18-wheelers, tour buses—were running at relatively high speed. Besides that, driving up and down the hills was fun. The route was scenic. Once in a while, when you approach small towns, you will also find some vehicles parked right on the pavements...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2006

The Roman Baths
Abbey Church Yard
Bath, England BA1 1LZ
+44 1225 477785

Original London Sightseeing Tour

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Attraction | "The Original London Sightseeing Tour"

London Eye and County Hall Photo, London, England
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The best thing we did to get around in London was to take The Original London Sightseeing tour bus. It was bright and sunny day, we got to the Baker Street station to meet one of our cousins. We met near a huge statue of Sherlock Holmes, right outside the station. Right next to it was a small booth that runs these tour buses. We had a nice and filling breakfast at Café Uno near by on a cross street and headed straight to the booth. We bought our tickets for £17, which is usually good for 24 hours. This also included a free boat tour at the Thames River.We got on the top of the bus and hooked our headphones provided by the bus into the receiver. The first thing was the Madame Tussauds that wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2006

Original London Sightseeing Tour
Jews Row
London, England SW18 1TB
+44 (20) 8877 1722

The Monument to Great Fire of London

Attraction | "The Monument, tribute to the Great Fire of London"

The Monument to Great Fire of London Photo, London, England
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One of the most memorable adventures we had was to climb 311 steps of The Monument. It was built between 1671 and 1677 by Christopher Waren to pay tribute to the Great Fire of London in 1666.It cost you 2 pounds per person and the experience is thrilling. You don’t need to stand in a line for hours like you do to get on the London Eye. Narrow steps go round and round the tower. There are windows like spots in every maybe 20 feet where you can sit and relax whenever you are tired. It might get dizzy for those who fear height. But once you get to the top, you will not believe what you just concurred. The view form the top of the tower is just magnificent. You can see Tower Bridge, Thames...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

The Monument to Great Fire of London
Monument Street and Fish Street Hill
London, England EC3R 8AH
(020) 7626-2717