Hello London: Day 14- London

We booked a half-day Stonehenge tour with Premium Tours, and we needed to be at Victoria Coach Station by 2pm.

After a late night watching Romeo & Juliet, ZE had difficulties waking up in the morning. I had to rush her again, and many times in London, sorry angel.

 

Telephone or solar box?
Solar-powered phone charger

 We came across a green color solar booth, next to London’s traditional red phone booth. It was solar-powered to charge mobile devices. Cool!

Shaun the Sheep exhibition

 We walked to Covent Garden again, to spend a little bit more time at Shaun the Sleep exhibition. We were lucky that our visit  co-incided with the short period of display at Covent Garden, from 24th to 27th September. There were 120 Shaun sculptures altogether, and the purpose of the exhibition was to help raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity.

It was even more crowded than the night before, so it made photography even harder. But visitors were patient and civiliaed. We managed to take photos with some sculptures.

Soo beautiful
Can you feel the heartbeat?

 We were at Covent Garden, also for the 100,000 Illuminated Balloons art installation. Mind-blowing! Read more about this here.

Check out his tie!

Covent Garden was interesting on a Sunday, with many street buskers and also some free performances, in conjunction with Deloitte Ignite : Festival Day. I wanted to register this for ZE, but had to prioritize our Stonehenge tour.

Itsu’s vegetable gyoza

 After Covent Garden, we started looking for lunch. ZE was ecstatic with Itsu … she got herself a vegetarian gyoza with rice and sushi. Dining in was more expensive, than take-away.

 

She is the boss

 ZE took charge with underground route. I just had to tell her our destination station. She was superb, having had experience with Singapore MRT.

Premium Tours

 We arrived at Victoria Coach Station before 2pm, and waited for our coach at gate 21. There were many tour agencies to choose from, such as Evan Evans, Golden Tour, etc. I chose Premium Tours here because they have cheaper price for children. I also opted for ‘Stonehenge Direct Afternoon Tour’, as it gave us one and a half hours a Stonehenge; longer time vs. full day tours. On the latter, I read complaints about short time at Stonehenge.

For the tour, I paid £44, whereas ZE paid £34 for the half-day tour. Traveling with tour agency is cheaper, than independent travel. And the ‘tour’ basically had a driver, not really a guide. So, I enjoyed the freedom of being able to walk around without any hassle.

If you like this type of tour, then I highly recommend Premium Tours. The journey took approximately two hours each way, so altogether around six hours spent. Remember to be punctual: two girls were left behind as they didn’t come back to the coach on time. But …. the next Premium Tours coach will pick them up.

ZH, ZE’s little sis asked “Why do you want to go see some stones?”

Can you spot the difference?

 Good question. I guess it was because of  the ‘unknown reasons’ of the who, what, why and how of the stones.

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

2 thoughts on “Hello London: Day 14- London

  • October 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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    Last photo of Stonehenge is oh-so-beautiful.

    • October 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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      New ‘stones’ created by visitors 🙂

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