Falling in love with London and Paris

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


LONDON is such a beautiful city with a rich history, which made me enjoyed it very much. As a history buff I have dreamt of visiting this city.

I have been a fan of the English Royal Family ever since I read a story about Henry VIII. Touring this city is a dream come true. My first stop with my aunts is the Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It was surreal to actually be there and see the balcony where the Royals wave to the crowds. Right in front of it was the Victoria Memorial. On the way to the Tower Bridge I saw a red phone booth, one of the most photographed features in the city. The tower bridge is beside the tower of London where Anne Boleyn was beheaded.

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On my second day in London, I met up with Aliza Donesa, a former colleague at the Provincial Capitol. Aliza was so happy to be speaking to an Ilonggo again. Since she hasn’t been to Windsor Castle, she was so excited as well to tour it with me.

We had to meet up early because it is a two-hour trip by bus from central London and it’s too big that we have to have enough time to finish touring it.

Windsor Castle is another residence of Her Majesty. We explored the majestic castle and was awed by its history. We were so amazed with the Doll House of Queen Mary, this most magical of residences is a perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home.

When we got back from Windsor it was already 7 p.m. but the sun was still up so we decided to walk around Hyde Park and have some photos.

On my third day I met up with Jhez Bermudez, my former English teacher at St. Scholastica’s Academy, who is now a teacher in the UK. We bonded and toured Picadilly Circle and enjoyed Chinese food in the heart of London. After that we toured West End where Miss Saigon (with Rachel Ann Go) is playing.

Our next trip was to Paris, the city of love and a must-visit city when in Europe. One of the most iconic structures there is the Eiffel Tower. I first wanted to just use the stairs going up but then I backed out because my feet were already aching from all the walking around the city.

My next stop the next day was the Palace of Versailles. When King Louis XIV moved there it was the center of power in France. It would make you feel like you were in the olden days, imagining Marie Antoinette roaming in the gardens. The hall of mirrors served as venue for family and court functions at the time.

We also visited the Louvre Museum, the world's largest museum and a historical monument.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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