London: day 3 || Travelling

London: day 3 || Travelling

Hi guys

Here my quick fly-over of my third – and sadly last – day in London. I’m processing a more profound and in detail post of my trip to London, which will come up really soon. But anyway, here is my resume:

In the morning, we went for a walk on Southbank, Southwark, from Waterloo station up to the Tower Bridge. Southbank is the best spot for a nice view over the Thames, the City and the modern architecture (think Shard) on Southbank itself.

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In the afternoon, we decided to go back to Covent Garden. We grabbed a bite and then spent our last 2 or what hours shopping and wandering around in James Street and Covent Garden Market. It was a fun afternoon, yet again in the sunlight most of the time.

Then, back to the hotel, collecting our bags and off to St Pancras to catch the train.

xx

Charlotte

 

London: day 2 || Travelling

London: day 2 || Travelling

Hi everyone

Totally worn and chilled out by the long London roads and cold air, here is a resume of day two!

The first thing to do in the morning was to visit St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a splendid church with beautiful art and especially the gallery of whispers drew my attention; the physics behind the sound-carrying really intrege me.


St Paul’s Dome is also the perfect spot to take some amazing photos of London!


We are lucky so far to have been able to explore London in the broad and warm sunlight, which was perfect to visit The Globe Theatre. We crossed the Thames on the Millennium Bridge and there was the Globe right next to the river! (More about that in a later post.)


Then in the afternoon we set sail to Piccadilly Circus where we had booked a native speaker as guide. Again, more about that later.


Tomorrow is sadly our last day in these streets of London and I am sure already I will miss them terribly. But, still about 28 hours to enjoy this lively city. ๐Ÿ™‚

Xx

Charlotte

London: day 1 || Travelling

London: day 1 || Travelling

Hi everyone!

First day in London was from the start so splendid! Sun shine on top, all the marvelous buildings and the as marvelous language… I feel at home.ย 

I’m going to keep it short, since I’m writing this from my hotel room.

First, we arrived at St Pancras and stalled our luggage in the luggage room of the hotel. Then, quickly o the underground to Green Park. I love the openess. We walked towards Buckingham Palace, where the guards were about to change.


Then to Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament, all bathing in the warm sunlight… The colours were splendid!


Then to Trafalgar Square.


Xx

Charlotte

Next post: Christ stopped at Eboli

Next post: Christ stopped at Eboli

Hey guys!

I know I’m a silent one and it must be so annoying that I don’t post that often, which I’ll try to improve (I’ve got some travelling coming up, so I’m going to make it up to you). But before that, I’d like to discuss a book with you.

I have been reading Christ stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi (Cristo si รจ fermato a Eboli / Christus kwam niet verder dan Eboli) and it has left me heartbroken and shivering. In his book, Levi describes the lives of the people in the region Basilicata, Italy, where he is banned to by the fascist Mussolini-regime. He finds himself in a region of huge poverty, malaria and earthly people. They seem to have passed every ideology which crossed the region; the Greeks, the Romans, the Middle Ages, the fascism… They don’t bother, because no one is trying to improve THEIR situation and in a way, they seem to have accepted their fate.

In his descriptions, Carlo Levi has brought me to another Italy than I knew. After reading his book, Basilicata is certainly on the to visit-list.

I’m using the book in an art assignment in school, and I’ll save the rest of what I want so say about Christ stopped at Eboli until I can post it all together.

(feature image: Aliano, Basilicata, Italy)

XX

Charlotte

Wanderlust: London & Copenhagen || Travelling

Wanderlust: London & Copenhagen || Travelling

Hi everyone

In this Easter holiday (we get two weeks) I have been rather wanderlusty (if that is even a word ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and really… how do you call it… It’s the feeling in which you just want to throw your essentials in a carry-on suitcase, drive to the airport and pick a flight. That. You know what I mean? By the way: that is actually on my bucket list.ย 

Plane

We’re travelling to London the end of April with school. I’m really excited, since I have always wanted to visit London – and Britain in general – but I haven’t got further than Canterbury. The three days we’ll be staying there, we’ll be visiting hell of a lot (from Chinatown to Buckingham Palace I presume) and I really look forward to spending three days surrounded by English! It is my favourite language and here in Belgium I sometimes miss speaking and hearing it. The Flemish may be known for their knowledge of languages, but I think less when it comes down to accent. But anyway, if you’re from London or have been in London, what should I really visit or do?

London

After London, I’ve got exactly one week to recover from my British adventure to get ready for the next one: Copenhagen! For a long time I have wanted to travel up north, to Scandinavia, because -so has been told – that people live differently there then e.g. West Europeans do, like Scandinavians live with a different philosophy. And also because of the thrillers those Swedish / Scandinavian writers get on paper (like Millennium Trilogy by Siegfried Larsson, Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason) I wanted to check it out! Iย  think too that a lot more of nature has been preserved there than in Western Europe.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is apparently ‘in’ these days, so I guess we’ll be among a lot of other tourists. I have been learning Danish (not that the learning process is going very well) but I’d love to understand and speak some words. Danish sounds a bit like my native dialect, West Flemish, but then with a twist. It’s so special to find out that so many miles from your home, people’s language sounds the same way yours does.

So, if you have any advice for me or thoughts/opinions you want to share, leave a comment! It would be really nice to get through this boundary of internet anonimity and to know what you, who are reading this post, think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a nice day!

xx

Charlotte

*The map on the featured image is in Dutch. Any idea how the names on it are pronounced?

**On the featured image, I had written ‘Copenhague’ on my post-it, but that must be ‘Copenhagen’, of course! Sorry O:)