A start of an adventure.
Writing this post from a train leaving for Milan, I have a lot of time to contemplate about this Europe journey. And what better way to remember than to write all about it? So, here’s the story of a young boy losing himself in the wonders of London:
After barely surviving a sixteen hour flight, I finally reached the city I’ve dreamed about. And what else would it be, if not London, a city that has so many to offer. From the plentiful landmarks to the general vibe of it, there is – to me – no flaw in this city. Except maybe for the weather, it was dreadful!
Trying the famous Beef Wellington.
The first thing I did was, of course, eat. My dad has booked a seat in a restaurant called, Riding Horse Cafe. It is a restaurant that has a somewhat a hipster vibe to it. It also serves amazing food! Why this particular restaurant though? Well, I’ve always wanted to try Beef Wellington and apparently this was the place to be!
A funny thing happened here though. So, we booked for lunch at 12.45, but because we were so hungry, we decided to come to the restaurant an hour earlier. What we didn’t know however, was that they served a breakfast menu until 12. Luckily, the waitress was kind enough to let us wait until it was lunch time. 😉
And I agreed 101%! The beef was perfectly cooked, the pastry was nice and crunchy, and the truffle oil completed the dish. The only complaint I had was the small serving. It was literally two tiny slice of beef. 🙁
First stop : Piccadilly
After that, we went to Piccadilly Circus using the tube. I have to say the train was a bit less modern that I thought. There was no LED screen or something like that. Maybe it was because the fact that the tube is the oldest underground system in the whole world. The spaces between seats across are also very narrow. My knee was almost touching to the person sitting in front!
What surprises me the most was that most people riding the tube was not on their phones like in South Korea or Singapore, instead they mostly read newspapers or good ol’ fashion books. People around the world should follow this habit, seriously!
Back to Piccadilly! Well, it is most certainly the Times Square of London. There were many shops and restaurants I wished I had time to visit. The one I decided to was a popular souvenir shop called Cool Britannia. There, I bought a keyring and a post card.
A bigger Harrods
After that, we toured Piccadilly Circus a bit more before departing to Harrods. Harrods was a lot bigger than I had imagined. It was so big that it could be a neighborhood of its own. And no, I’m not exaggerating. It was so hard to traverse the building! A reminder for you wishing to shop here : It is first and foremost a luxury department store, so adjust your budget wisely!
However, because we were jet lagged, we only stayed for a couple of minutes. But an interesting occurrence happened on our way to the hotel. Audrey, my sister, was too slow to enter the train. As a result, she got left behind in a foreign country… Fortunately, we managed to found her just as she was about to enter the train. Talk about a lucky break!
So, that’s it for my first day in London. A lot more interesting thing happened on the day following though. So, be sure to not miss a post! Now, if you”ll excuse me… Milan is waiting for me.
Your Runaway Panda.