Category Archives: Europe

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC – April 2014

Yet another tour to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium. If not for Fathan, a die-hard Chelsea fan, I’d probably not  re-visit this stadium for the second time! And particularly knowing that I’m not a Chelsea fan.

Fathan couldn’t hide his excitement; his smiling face, sparkling eyes throughout the tour was very obvious. He always wanted to be at forefront in any tour site. I couldn’t help feeling happier to see him.

Hi Mourinho!
Hi Mourinho!
Fathan: True Chelsea's fan
Fathan: True Chelsea’s fan
Faiq
Faiq
Fathan's dream to step on Stamford Bridge come true
Fathan’s dream to step on Stamford Bridge come true
Fathan couldn't hide his happiness
Fathan couldn’t hide his happiness
Smiling Fathan throughout the tour
Smiling Fathan throughout the tour
Fathan inside stadium
Fathan inside stadium
Faiq inside stadium
Faiq inside stadium
Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge
Pitch under maintenance
Pitch under maintenance
My seat is blue
My seat is blue
Another angle inside stadium
Another angle inside stadium
VVIP room. Roman Abramovich watches from here
VVIP room. Roman Abramovich watches from here
Media/reporter sections
Media/reporter sections
New Chelsea player
New Chelsea player
Inside dressing room
Inside dressing room
Inside dressing room
Inside dressing room

Chelsea (9)

Chelsea (7)

Chelsea (6)

Chelsea (8)

Tunnel to the pitch
Tunnel to the pitch
Fathan and his mom on Mourinho's seat
Fathan and his mom on Mourinho’s seat
Sit on Mournho's seat
Sit on Mournho’s seat
Bought at source
Bought at source
Don't see how happy he is?
Don’t see how happy he is?
Officially certified
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Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford – April 2014

Late posting from last year’s trip to Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford. Initially we thought of arranging the tour ourselves and we have meticulously planed all details but then we changed the plan due to time constraints. We then chose Golden Tour (on Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria Station) to cover Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford in one day.

Here what the tour covered:

Windsor Castle
It’s hard to believe that the imposing Windsor Castle is a working residence, but pay a visit to this lavish fortress and you’ll soon discover why it’s still the Queen’s favourite weekend home! Overlooking the Thames and a stone’s throw away from Windsor town, the castle has been a fixture on the landscape for almost 1000 years. During this visit you will be able to peek inside the luxurious State Apartments, where 39 monarchs have lived over the years since the castle was built. Keep your eyes open for priceless artwork on the walls by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt!

You will also see the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a beautiful model royal home that features electricity, running water and working lifts – every young Queen’s dream!

Stonehenge

Spy the mysterious Stonehenge as you approach Salisbury Plain – you’ll be able to get up close to the 5,000 year old monument during this visit to the stones. Sitting strikingly on the landscape, Stonehenge’s origins have puzzled experts for hundreds of years, so make up your own mind and solve the mystery yourself!


Walking Tour of Oxford

Stroll through quaint cobbled streets and get a real feel for the historic city of Oxford during this guided walking tour. Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and gifted alumni include T S Eliot, Hugh Grant and Bill Clinton! You’ll see the famous 17th century Bodleian Library, a huge library packed with research and literature. Continue your history lesson with a wander through the college courtyards – these charming squares can be found dotted throughout the city!

Windsor

First stop. We decided not to go inside the castle and rather took a detour to The Long Walk. Not to be missed is a guard change ceremony.

Windsor Castle from The Long Walk
Windsor Castle from The Long Walk
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Plane flying over Windsor Castle
Plane flying over Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
The Long Walk, miles of straight path that connects Windsor Castle to Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park
The Long Walk, miles of straight path that connects Windsor Castle to Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park
At The Long Walk
At The Long Walk
At The Long Walk with Windsor Castle background
At The Long Walk with Windsor Castle background
Wefie at Windsor Castle
Wefie at Windsor Castle
A restaurant near The Long Walk
A restaurant near The Long Walk
Ancient Well at Windsor Castle
Ancient Well at Windsor Castle
St Albans Close
St Albans Close
A shop close to main street (High Street)
A shop close to main street (High Street)
Guard Changeat Windsor Castle
Guard Change at Windsor Castle
Kate Middleton phone box
Kate Middleton phone box
Windsor Royal Shopping
Windsor Royal Shopping

Stonehenge

Stonehenge
Stonehenge
It's start with a ride from the center to the stones by using visitor shuttle
It’s start with a ride from the center to the stones by using visitor shuttle
Stonehenge Visitor Center
Stonehenge Visitor Center
At Stonehenge
At Stonehenge
Stonehenge from Road A303
Stonehenge from Road A303
Rapeseed or oilseed rape crops
Rapeseed or oilseed rape crops

Oxford

Oxford
Oxford
Z mark on the stone path of Oxford has something to do with Harry Potter
Z mark on the stone path of Oxford has something to do with Harry Potter
A section of Oxford on Beaumont Street/Magdalena close to Ashmolean Museum
A section of Oxford on Beaumont Street/Magdalena close to Ashmolean Museum

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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

London – April 2014

How do you describe London?

.: noise, cosmopolitan, crowded, underground, cold rainy, world leaders, rusting, historic, overpriced, grim,  tourists, extravagance :. the list can go on and on…

In London we spent 4-night 5-day trip to close our four-UK capital tour.

The following pictures summarize (should I you summarise to follow British English? 🙂 ) all those days in London except our stadium tour to Stamford Bridge and a day trip to Oxford, Stonehenge and Windsor.

A hackney or hackney carriage (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) seen past Natural History Museum, London
A hackney or hackney carriage (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) seen past Natural History Museum, London

 

Once we reached London Paddington station we headed to Wisma Siswa Merdeka on 44 Dartmouth Road, Willesden. This is basically an Indonesian Embassy-owned student-managed housing. The two-storey building has four rooms to book with homy feeling, simple breakfast, microwave and kitchen to use and very affordable rate (to say very cheap: 17.5 pounds per person per night).  The closest station is Willesden Green (600m).

London is huge; and even though we have 3 days effective on hand we haven’t covered all must-see places. That said, we managed to visit:

  • Greenwich, Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • The Tower of London
  • London Eye
  • River Thames Cruise
  • Green Park and Buckingham Palace
  • Science Museum, Imperial College of London (unfortunately it was a very long queue in Natural History Museum that we aborted the plan)
  • Harrods, Karak and Chapati
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Trafalgar Square
  • The Elizabeth Tower and surroundings
  • Oxford Street, and Leicester Square shopping area and their surroundings

Enjoy the pictures!

A student-managed Indonesian residence-hotel - Wisma Merdeka - in Willesden, London
A student-managed Indonesian student housing – Wisma Siswa Merdeka – in Willesden, London
Homy breakfast at Wisma Merdeka, Willesden, our base during a 5-day stay in London
Homy breakfast at Wisma Merdeka, Willesden, our base during a 5-day stay in London
Dartmouth Road,  Willesden Green,  London NW2 4EX where Wisma Merdeka is located at
Dartmouth Road,
Willesden Green,
London NW2 4EX where Wisma Merdeka is located at
Willesden Green tube station, the nearest station to Wisma Siswa Merdeka
Willesden Green tube station, the nearest station to Wisma Siswa Merdeka
At Greenwich, meridian line 0deg 0'0"
At Greenwich, meridian line 0deg 0’0″
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Meridan Line, that divides western and eastern hemisphere
Meridan Line, that divides western and eastern hemisphere
Peek-a-boo at Greenwich Park
Peek-a-boo at Greenwich Park
Kids enjoy  the vast green space at Greenwich Park
Kids enjoy the vast green space at Greenwich Park
Walking down the steps from Royal Observatory Greenwich
Walking down the steps from Royal Observatory Greenwich
Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market
Cutty Sark, a British clipper ship
Cutty Sark, a British clipper ship
Canary Wharf, a major business district/financial center
Canary Wharf, a major business district/financial center
Kids prepared coins for fish and chips at The Tower of London
Kids prepared coins for fish and chips at The Tower of London
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Shopping at Cath Kidston, Piccadilly
Shopping at Cath Kidston, Piccadilly
Burberry at its birthplace. Well not really in London but it was in Hampshire.
Burberry at its birthplace. Well not really in London but it was in Hampshire.
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Science Museum
Science Museum
Science Museum
Science Museum
You can do it, Faiq! See you next 3-4 years later? Inshaa Allah
You can do it, Faiq! See you next 3-4 years later? Inshaa Allah
Imperial College London
Imperial College London
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Qatar-owned Harrods
Qatar-owned Harrods
Karak forever!
Karak forever!

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Street vendor
Street vendor
Downing Street, that houses the official residence and office of the prime minister
Downing Street, that houses the official residence and office of the prime minister
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
At Nelson's Column, a monument in Trafalgar Square in central London built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
At Nelson’s Column, a monument in Trafalgar Square in central London built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Green Park
Green Park
Green Park
Green Park
Cavendish Square Gardens,  off Oxford Street
Cavendish Square Gardens, off Oxford Street
London Eye
London Eye
London Eye capsule
London Eye capsule
Jubilee Gardens from London Eye
Jubilee Gardens from London Eye
London Charing Cross Station and Golden Jubilee Bridges
London Charing Cross Station and Golden Jubilee Bridges
River Thames
River Thames
Inside London Eye capsule
Inside London Eye capsule
The Elizabeth Tower and nearby connected government buildings
The Elizabeth Tower and nearby connected government buildings
Jubilee Gardens
Jubilee Gardens
London Waterloo station
London Waterloo station
River Thames cruise
River Thames cruise
a closer look to The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)
a closer look to The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)
London bus lined up London Bridge
London bus lined up London Bridge
Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral as a background
Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral as a background
City Hall
City Hall
HMS Belfast and the Shard
HMS Belfast and the Shard
a closer look to the Shard
a closer look to the Shard
approaching Tower Bridge
approaching Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Tower of London
Underneath London Bridge
Underneath London Bridge
A must background picture while in London
A must background picture while in London
Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster
Tube to tube travel is a must London experience
Tube to tube travel is a must London experience

 

Cardiff – April 2014

 

Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and "Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens" which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and “Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens” which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration

Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital and largest city in Wales. Don’t know yet? How about Gareth Bale or Ryan Giggs?

We arrived at Cardiff Central station after 3hr35m first class train trip from Manchester Piccadilly. We exited the station, walked 2min and here we were at Sleeperz, a budget hotel with awesome location.

We then had a quick check-in, settled, and hit the road. Early morning tomorrow we  have to depart for London. We walked up West Gate street leading to Cardiff Castle, passing by Millennium Stadium. Rather than headed to the castle, we walked around the castle, by traversing Bute Park.

The side walking path of Bute Park leads us to Cardiff Crown Court, Alexandra Gardens and Cardiff University.

We then returned to our hotel after making a good shopping walk in Queen Street & The Hayes area.

Just before sunset, we took a taxi to Cardiff Bay and enjoyed the scenery there prior to making a trip back to central Cardiff for our dinner on Caroline Street which lined with many halal restaurant (about 4% of Cardiff’s population is Muslim).

Cardiff, a land we never imagined to step on,  gave us a short enjoyable visit. Had a long reputation as an industrial city, Cardiff has been gaining popularity as a tourist hot spot. With its concentrated tourist area, easy access, and affordable, no wonder that Cardiff is flourishing in tourism. The only thing that made us puzzled is how they live with that consonant-laden words: gwydr, fyddwch, unrhyw?

 

First class train of First Great Western
First class train of First Great Western

 

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Cardiff Central Station
West Gate St, leading to Cardiff Castle passing Millennium Stadium
West Gate St, leading to Cardiff Castle passing Millennium Stadium
Millennium Stadium, the home of the Wales national rugby union team
Millennium Stadium, the home of the Wales national rugby union team
Westgate St
Westgate St
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
Ice cream treat at Bute Park
Ice cream treat at Bute Park
Wefie at Bute Park. Cardiff Castle on the background
Wefie at Bute Park. Cardiff Castle on the background
Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle, side view
Cardiff Castle, side view
Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Near Cardiff Crown Court
Near Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Alexandra Gardens, opposite Cardiff University
Alexandra Gardens, opposite Cardiff University
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Cardiff University
Cardiff University
National Museum Cardiff
National Museum Cardiff
Qatar-inspired Tulip :)
Qatar-inspired Tulip 🙂
City Hall Lawn
City Hall Lawn
Park Pl street
Park Pl street leading to Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street
Queen Street
This halal noodle restaurant is a treat
This halal noodle restaurant is a treat
Queen Street
Queen Street
Cardiff Castle from Queen Street
Cardiff Castle from Queen Street
St John street
St John street
St Johns Church
St Johns Church
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes, Cardiff (near Duke of Wellington)
The Hayes, Cardiff (near Duke of Wellington)
Cardiff Library and John Lewis
Cardiff Library and John Lewis
Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and "Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens" which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and “Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens” which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Pierhead Building
Pierhead Building
Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay for theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free family fun and behind the scenes tours
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay for theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free family fun and behind the scenes tours
Roald Dahl Plass - Cardiff Bay
Roald Dahl Plass – Cardiff Bay
People Like Us sculpture at Cardiff Bay
People Like Us sculpture at Cardiff Bay
Techniquest (Science Center) at Cardiff Bay
Techniquest (Science Center) at Cardiff Bay

 

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Pierhead Building - Cardiff Bay
Pierhead Building – Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
St Mary Street Cardiff
St Mary Street Cardiff
Fathan at Pierhead Clock
Fathan at Pierhead Clock
Pierhead Clock at St Marry Street
Pierhead Clock at St Marry Street
One of the halal eateries on Caroline Street
One of the halal eateries on Caroline Street
Walking down Caroline St (The Hayes area off St Mary Street, opposite Philharmonic Hall) where many halal outlets are available
Walking down Caroline St (The Hayes area off St Mary Street, opposite Philharmonic Hall) where many halal outlets are available
One of the most consonant-based languages  I've ever seen. 7 consonants in one word?
One of the most consonant-based languages I’ve ever seen. 7 consonants in one word?
Cardiff Central Station
Cardiff Central Station

 

Liverpool & Manchester – April 2014

Late post from our trip to UK in April 2014. Whoao that’s almost one year ago!

We landed at Liverpool’s John Lennon International Airport , from Belfast, leaving behind the birthplace of Titanic to the city that never enjoyed the sight of the Titanic steaming up the Mersey although it was designed here.

One prominent landmark at John Lennon International Airport is “Yellow Submarine” inspired by a song written by the Beatles in 1966. Remember the song?

We actually just transited in Liverpool before continuing to Manchester and staying there for two days. Liverpool had our 6-hour visit this time though (I’ve been here in 2012 for the first time).

So here how it were. Took a taxi to Lime Street Station, dropped our luggage to Left Luggage, took another taxi to Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium, then headed to The Wheel of Liverpool at Albert Dock. We spent a good time in Albert Dock including its Liverpool Museum before returning to Lime Street Station through Liverpool One with a stop at Cavern Quarter for the Beatles. We had our lunch at one of the halal restaurants close to the station before embarking a 50-min trip to Manchester.

Manchester

It’s the same Manchester as one I visited in 2012: multicultural, creative hive, football prowess, music history (Oasis, anyone?)

Manchester Piccadilly station welcomed us that evening with its comforting cold weather. Walking about 400m from the station we arrived at SACO Apartment, centrally located in the heart of Manchester, few minutes walk  from Piccadilly Garden and Central Manchester.

During this 2-night stay in Manchester we covered: Market Street (shopping area), Manchester Cathedral, National Football Museum, Hard Rock Cafe (a must!), Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium (tour), and Museum of Science and Industry (should I say a must again?)

Check our pictures from these two cities.

Yellow Submarine at John Lennon International Airport
Yellow Submarine at John Lennon International Airport
Liverpool's Lime Street Station
Liverpool’s Lime Street Station
Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium
Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium
Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium
Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium
Albert Dock
Albert Dock
The Wheel of Liverpool
The Wheel of Liverpool
The Wheel of Liverpool
The Wheel of Liverpool
Liverpool from The Wheel of Liverpool
Liverpool from The Wheel of Liverpool
Echo Arena Liverpool
Echo Arena Liverpool
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral from The Wheel of Liverpool
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral from The Wheel of Liverpool
Albert Dock from The Wheel of Liverpool
Albert Dock from The Wheel of Liverpool
Liverpool
Liverpool
Albert Dock
Albert Dock
Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
Inside Museum of Liverpool
Inside Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
Who is he?
Who is he?
Shopping anyone? At Liverpool ONE
Shopping anyone? At Liverpool ONE
St John's Garden and St George Hall
St John’s Garden and St George Hall
North Western Hall next to Lime Street Station
North Western Hall next to Lime Street Station
SACO Apartment Manchester
SACO Apartment Manchester
Tram ply Manchester
Tram ply Manchester
Piccadilly Garden
Piccadilly Garden – Manchester
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester at the Printworks
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester at the Printworks
National Football Museum - Manchester
National Football Museum – Manchester
National Football Museum - Manchester
National Football Museum – Manchester
National Football Museum - Manchester
National Football Museum – Manchester
View towards Manchester Cathedral
View towards Manchester Cathedral
Street performer at Market Street
Street performer at Market Street
Next stop: Old Trafford
Next stop: Old Trafford
MU's Old Trafford Stadium
MU’s Old Trafford Stadium
A Chelsea fan, Fathan blocked 'Chelsea' for MU defeated Chelsea poster
A Chelsea fan, Fathan blocked ‘Chelsea’ for MU defeated Chelsea poster
Sir Matt Busby Way - Old Trafford
Sir Matt Busby Way – Old Trafford
Old Trafford Stadium from distance
Old Trafford Stadium from distance
Deansgate-Castlefield on the way to Museum of Science and Industry
Deansgate-Castlefield on the way to Museum of Science and Industry
Fathan at Museum of Science and Industry
Fathan at Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
At Museum of Science and Industry
At Museum of Science and Industry
One of the first computers at MOSI
One of the first computers at MOSI
Loco at MOSI
Loco at MOSI
Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium
ManCity Museum
ManCity Museum
Etihad Stadium - Board Room Seats
Etihad Stadium – Board Room Seats
Aguerooooo....At 93:20 minute Aguero scored a winning goal that made ManCity won the premier league ever since 44 years
Aguerooooo….At 93:20 minute Aguero scored a winning goal that made ManCity won the premier league ever since 44 years
ManCity Dressing Room
ManCity Dressing Room
ManCity Press Room
ManCity Press Room
Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium seats
Etihad Stadium seats
Panoramic view of the Etihad stadium
Panoramic view of the Etihad stadium
City Store
City Store
Manchester Piccadilly Station
Manchester Piccadilly Station
Manchester Piccadilly Station - ready to go to Cardiff
Manchester Piccadilly Station – ready to go to Cardiff
Bye Manchester...
Bye Manchester…

Belfast, Northern Ireland – April 2014

Edinburgh to Belfast
Edinburgh to Belfast

From Edinburgh we flew easyjet to Belfast International Airport, an almost one-hour flying with a ticket as low as 30 GBP one-way.  The airport is located about 30km northwest of Belfast from which we took a taxi to Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter.  The strategic location of the hotel means that we are basically within walking distances to many of the Belfast point of interests such as Belfast City Hall, Albert Memorial Clock, The Big Fish, Cathedral Quarter and Victoria Square Shopping Centre. Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour starting point is also located within 300m from the hotel.

Although we checked-in quite early (around 9am), the hotel could accommodate us hence we could start early exploring Belfast. Within minutes we’re already onboard the sightseeing bus. The first stop is Titanic Belfast located at Titanic Quarter. Home to Titanic Museum, Titanic Belfast is also sited very close to launching site of Titanic, back in 1912.

As time is limited, we did not opt to visit the museum but instead checking surroundings, and then heading to Titanic’s Dock and Pump-house, passing Samson and Goliath Cranes and Titanic Drawing Offices. A visit to bottom of Titanic’s Dock gave us dramatic impressions on sheer size of Titanic when it was built and last sat on dry ground.

Continuing on the bus tour, guided by a humorous yet knowledgeable guide, we visited or passed through many areas of Belfast, from Parliament Buildings,  George Best Belfast City Airport, conflict areas (between Nationalist and Unionist), troubled past scenes, the one-and-only bullet proof CCTV, universities, touristic areas to Belfast City Hall.

After quick nap in our hotel, we continued exploring the city by walking around the hotel, starting from Cathedral Quarter, Albert Memorial Clock, to the Big Fish and finishing at Victoria Square. That afternoon/evening walk concluded our short visit to Belfast, a city we had never imagined we would step on it.

This capital city of Northern Ireland, the birthplace of Titanic, keeps the scars of Belfast’s troubled past (1969 – 1997), while starts celebrating awakening moment as an intriguing destination. The friendly people we met also adds easy justification why a visit to Belfat might be a rewarding one.

 

Flying easyjet, our favorite to Belfast
Flying easyjet, our favorite to Belfast

 

Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour

 

Bridges over River Lagan that connect Belfast to Titanic Quarter
Bridges over River Lagan that connect Belfast to Titanic Quarter

 

Titanic Belfast which houses Titanic Museum
Titanic Belfast which houses Titanic Museum

 

SS Nomadic, a steamship of the White Star Lane, which was used to ferry passengers from/to Titanic
SS Nomadic, a steamship of the White Star Lane, which was used to ferry passengers from/to Titanic

 

Titanic
Titanic

 

The launch site of Titanic, behind Titanic Belfast (Museum)
The launch site of Titanic, behind Titanic Belfast (Museum)

 

A closer look to Titanic Launch Site
A closer look to Titanic Launch Site

 

Samson and Goliath Cranes - landmarks of Belfast
Samson and Goliath Cranes – landmarks of Belfast

 

Let's visit a place where Titanic was built and last sat on dry ground
Let’s visit a place where Titanic was built and last sat on dry ground

 

Ready for self-guided Titanic's Dock and Pump-House Tour
Ready for self-guided Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House Tour

 

The dock (left) and Pump-house (right)
The dock (left) and Pump-house (right)

 

Inside Titanic's Pump-house
Inside Titanic’s Pump-house

 

Used to be a control panel for the pumps
Used to be a control panel for the pumps

 

Inside the dock, 44 feet under
Inside the dock, 44 feet under. Feeling the size of Titanic when it was built here

 

Bird eye view of the 900-foot dock
Bird eye view of the 900-foot dock

 

Titanic: Built by Irishmen, Sunk by an Englishman
Titanic: Built by Irishmen, Sunk by an Englishman

 

Belfast's Parliament Buildings or Stormont
Belfast’s Parliament Buildings or Stormont

 

Crumlin Road Courth House, opposite the Gaol
Crumlin Road Courth House, opposite the Gaol

 

The scars from long rivalry between Nationalist and Unionist is obvious here
The scars from long rivalry between Nationalist and Unionist is obvious here

 

At International Peace Wall Belfast
At International Peace Wall Belfast

 

At International Peace Walls Belfast
At International Peace Walls Belfast

 

At International Peace Walls Belfast
At International Peace Walls Belfast

 

Another scene at Crumlin Road area
Another scene at Crumlin Road area

 

Chichester Street on the way to Belfast City Hall
Chichester Street on the way to Belfast City Hall

 

At Belfast City Hall
At Belfast City Hall

 

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

 

In front of Belfast City Hall with Centra Donegal Square background
In front of Belfast City Hall with Centra Donegal Square background

 

Like father like son ;)
Like father like son 😉

 

Belfast City Hall from Donegall Place
Belfast City Hall from Donegall Place

 

At Writer's Square -  Cathedral Quarter
At Writer’s Square – Cathedral Quarter

 

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast
St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

 

"I think we should go this way", Fathan
“I think we should go this way”, Fathan

 

Art installation at Cathedral Quarter
Art installation at Cathedral Quarter

 

Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast
Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast

 

Albert Memorial Clock
Albert Memorial Clock

 

Pedestrian Underpass on the way to Big Fish
Pedestrian Underpass on the way to Big Fish

 

Big Fish, Belfast
Big Fish, Belfast

 

Fathan and The Big Fish, with Samson and Goliath Cranes and River Lagan (backgrounds)
Fathan and The Big Fish, with Samson and Goliath Cranes and River Lagan (backgrounds)

 

Somewhere near Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Somewhere near Victoria Square Shopping Centre

 

Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre

 

Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast
Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast

 

Inside Victoria Square Shopping Centre go to the top under the dome for view of Belfast
Inside Victoria Square Shopping Centre go to the top under the dome for view of Belfast

 

View from the dome, Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast
View from the dome, Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast

 

Under the Dome of Victoria Square Shopping Centre Belfast
Under the Dome of Victoria Square Shopping Centre Belfast

 

Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre

 

Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Near Victoria Square Shopping Centre

 

Castle Court Shopping Centre Belfast
Castle Court Shopping Centre Belfast

Edinburgh & Glasgow – April 2014

 

Late post from our all-four UK capitals-trip back in April 2014. First, Edinburgh and Glasgow. As usual, a crash tour was employed 🙂

We flew British Airways, promo tickets from Doha to London then Edinburgh with transit in Bahrain. It costs us (3 adults 1 children) nearly 10K QR for this leg plus London – Doha on the way back.

From Edinburgh Airport, we took Airlink bus to Waverley Station. The bus terminates at Waverley Bridge. From here, our hotel, Destiny Scotland – St. Andrews Square Apartments, is only 200m away, walking back the street and crossing Princes St. to St. Andrews Street.

Once we arrived at Waverley, the crash program started. Soon after we loaded our luggage in our room, we’re back to Waverley Station, ready to depart to Glasgow, an hour train ride.

Once in Glasgow, we managed to have a quick 3-hour walking tour around the city center before returning to Edinburgh.

The following day was Edinburgh day. Amid cold rain (down to 2 C), we visited Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, Princes Garden and Princes Street, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Mosque, and The Royal Mile.

We checked out early morning to take Airlink bus to Edinburgh Airport that saw us flying to the second UK capital to visit: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

Edinburgh from above. Edinburgh Castle is dominating the view here
Edinburgh from above. Edinburgh Castle is dominating the view here

 

At Edinburgh Airport
At Edinburgh Airport

 

Airlink Bus on the way to Waverley Station
Airlink Bus on the way to Waverley Station

 

 

 

At Waverley Station, waiting for the train to Glasgow
At Waverley Station, waiting for the train to Glasgow

 

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George Square, Glasgow

 

George Square, Glasgow
George Square, Glasgow

 

People enjoying sunshine at Glasgow Square
People enjoying sunshine at George Square

 

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

 

People Make Glasgow
People Make Glasgow

 

On one of the streets in Glasgow
On one of the streets in Glasgow

 

A building on Ingram Street, Glasgow
A building on Ingram Street, Glasgow

 

Merchant City, Glasgow
Merchant City, Glasgow

 

Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Cathedral Square, Glasgow

 

Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Necropolis

 

Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Necropolis

 

Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral

 

Cathedral Street
Cathedral Street

 

University of Strathclyde
University of Strathclyde

 

Hard Rock Café Glasgow
Hard Rock Café Glasgow

 

Buchanan Street
Buchanan Street

 

Glasgow Queen Street Station
Glasgow Queen Street Station

 

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At Princes Street with Scott Monument in the background
At Princes Street with Scott Monument in the background

 

Scott Monument, Princes Garden and Waverley Station
Scott Monument, Princes Garden and Edinburgh Castle

 

Waverley Station
Waverley Station

 

At Princes Garden, Edinburgh
At Princes Garden, Edinburgh

 

At Princes Garden with National Galleries of Scotland background
At Princes Garden with Scottish National Gallery background

 

On the way to Edinburgh Castle
On the way to Edinburgh Castle

 

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

 

Bagpipes, one of the unique souvenirs from Edinburgh
Bagpipes, one of the unique souvenirs from Edinburgh

 

At Kilt Factory, Edinburgh (it's actually located at basement of souvenir shop near Edinburgh Castle)
At Kilt Factory, Edinburgh (it’s actually located at basement of souvenir shop near Edinburgh Castle)

 

At Camera Obscura, Edinburgh
At Camera Obscura, Edinburgh

 

From Camera Obscura
From Camera Obscura

 

At Camera Obscura
At Camera Obscura

 

At Camera Obscura
At Camera Obscura

 

Royal Mile Street from Camera Obscura
Royal Mile Street from Camera Obscura

 

At National Museum of Scotland
At National Museum of Scotland

 

At University of Edinburgh
At University of Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh Central Mosque
Edinburgh Central Mosque

 

On one of the streets in Edinburgh
On one of the streets in Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh Tram on testing while we were there in April 2014
Edinburgh Tram on testing while we were there in April 2014
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

 

At Princes Street shopping lane
At Princes Street shopping lane

 

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street
Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

 

The house in the corner was the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone), born 3rd March 1847. 16 South Charlotte St
The house in the corner was the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone), born 3rd March 1847. 16 South Charlotte St

 

Waiting for Mom Shopping
Waiting for Mom Shopping

 

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