Published: August 7th 2010August 7th 2010
The last two days in San Lupo were spent with a famous Opera Singer singing in our Piazza, but I left that and spend the night drinking :) and the following night was a small festa again for the foreigners with food, drinks and dancing.
Got to Napoli Capo'dacchino Aiport early morning and flew Easyjet to London. Easyjet has a first in first serve policy, so travelling by myself I was lucky enough to get a window seat and 2 hours later arrived into London Gatwick Airport. This airport is southwest of London, so to get to Earlsfield I only had to catch 2 trains and Sanaz was there to meet me at Clapham Junction so I wouldnt get lost! It was great seeing Sanaz as I didn't get to say goodbye to her back in Sydney so I'm lucky enough to spend a few days with her until she's left to face London on her own for 2 years.... Within a few blocks from the train station to the house, I got to meet Sanaz's friends and new flatmates and spent the rest of the afternoon cooking, eating and catching up. At night we decided to get out for a
bit, so after getting lost on which train to use we made our way to Waterloo and then caught the tube to the city and ended up at Piccadilly Circus. For a Monday night there was such a buzz and soooo many people out drinking, clubbing etc it was unbelieveable! We walked around and ended up at Leichester Square and Trafalgar Square and then sat for a coffee to soak up the atmosphere. We got back pretty late and missed the last train connection to Earlsfield, so we got off at Clapham Junction and caught a taxi which was a waste of money as the buggar took us the long way, yet love the taxis, sooo much space!
The next day we planned to wake up early but it didn't happen and we didn't get out until 12! Our first stop was to see the London Eye and it was sooo big, looked exactly like Docklands in Melbourne, but of cause this one is much bigger! The line was out of this world, so we bought a front of the line pass combined with Madam Toussads, so rather then wait for over an hour, we were in our little dome
within 20 mins catching a glimpse of all of London. We then walked over the bridge to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and then made our way over to Buckingham Palace. Took us 20mins to get to but was worth it and was so big, each gate to the Palace was representing her Commonwealth, with Australia there of cause and she was home of cause since the British Flag was upright, but we left her drinking her tea and got lost trying to find a tube to get us to Kensington as Sanaz had an interview to get to. While Sanaz was interviewing, I went shopping and then we met up to shop at Zaras, Top Shop and eat lunch at 5pm at Wagamamas. Sanaz and I heard the funniest thing, an English couple next to us asked the waitress where Wagamama cames from, whether its a place or not. The waitress said it's just the name of the place, but this couple were convinced that Wagamama is a city in Australia!!! It was too funny and ridiculous, that we had to butt in and explain to them that even though Wagamama Restaurants are in Australia there is no such
place! Stupid people! After that we wanted to check out Harrods, so even though I bought souvenirs I was dying over how grand it is in there, seeing labels I have never even heard of but costs a bomb like Bellstaff and the amount of Saudi Arabs and there wives spending big!
Our second day of exploring was a little better in terms of timing when we left the house and went straight to the Tower of London, the day started off gorgeous but then all of a sudden it started to pour down in true London fashion. Wearing "flip flops" and light jackets we froze so the best thing I could find was a Chelsea Football Team scarf and a "london" umbrella and it helped until it got warm again lol so unpredictable! The tower of London was interesting as it dated back to centuries ago but to wait to see the Crown Jewels was ridiculous, 1 hour later and 4 annoying italian girls who were singing and talking about us until I told them to shhh as I could understand every word they were saying. After checking out her Magesty's Crown we left and made our way
to St Paul's Cathedral. So annoying we had to pay to see a religious place and all I saw was the crypt really, we then left for Camden Town a funky alternate town North of London, very similar to Newtown. Had a quick look around at the markets, walked the streets and ate Moroccan food before leaving to meet up with Sanaz's friend Nazim at Leichester Square for a drink at Yates and then a Japanese dinner at Inamo, where you order on your table as your table is a computer...pretty cool!
We left for Amsterdam for a few days but on return into London we went to Madam Toussads for a few ours before chilling at home all night - bit lame for a Saturday night but we are exhausted from walking around for the last couple of days and the fact that we need to wake up tomorrow morning early for our flight to Rome
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