Dinner at Belgo, London

There are various Belgo branches around London but the one we went to was in Noord in Camden Town. This was the first restaurant we dined in upon arrival to London.

The interior of the place is quite nice, however to get to the dining area, we had to climb a short flight of stairs – which isn’t really that much trouble, although the way was a bit dim.

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I especially love the well-lit (and colourful, haha) bar area. They have a lot of beers on the menu (around 70! They have tons of beers from draught pilsners to  white  and Trappist ales), but since none of us really fancy alcohol, we didn’t order any and stuck to good ol’ water and soda.

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A day in the city of Bath, England

One of the cities that I’ve been really looking forward to visiting during my trip to England would be Bath. A couple of years ago, I’ve stumbled upon photos of it and for a brief period of time, I was enamoured, not only because of its quirky name, but also because of the wonderful architecture and of course, the famed Roman Baths. So, I suppose I am glad to have finally seen Bath with my own two eyes – and even had the chance to go around the city too! ❤

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The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, although it is more commonly known as the Bath Abbey. It used to be a Roman Catholic Church, but like most (if not all!) churches in England, it is now an Anglican parish church.

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Really love this kind of architecture. ❤ We didn’t go inside the Abbey though so no photos of the interior.

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Snapshot: Chester, England

One of the places we’ve visited during our trip to England was the city of Chester, located in Cheshire, England and its located quite close to the border with Wales.

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During our short visit to Chester, the weather was a tad bit gloomy and it was a bit rainy too. On our way to explore the city, we passed by this gate. There used to be a real gatekeeper long ago and he lived up in the gate, along with his family (As far as I recall! Anyway, the gatekeeper lived there as he was the one who has to look out and open/close the gate when morning/night comes).

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This is the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Chester.

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Chester was founded as a Roman fort back in 79 AD during the reign of the Emperor Vaspian. According to our local guide, this was the city’s makeshift Colosseum though not much of it remains. Fun fact: Chester was actually one of the last cities in England that fell to the Normans.

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Staying at Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, UK

During our  2-week trip to the UK, we stayed in a lot of hotels, and yet, one of the hotels that I really liked would have to be Mercure Warwickshire. After spending the whole day touring around Chester and Stratford upon Avon (blogging about that soon!), we headed to Mercure, which is just 8 miles from Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

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The view from our hotel room. It overlooks the parking lot actually, but you can also see Walton Hall from here.

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Madame Tussauds, London

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum that has a lot of other branches in other parts of the world, although, the only other Madame Tussauds I’ve ever been to was the one they have in Hong Kong – but that was ages ago and I could barely remember our visit to be honest. Anyway, Madame Tussauds was included in our itinerary and it’s one of the attractions in London that we visited before we headed off to the airport and back home.

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Fashion Week at Madame Tussauds. There’s also a makeshift runway in this part of the museum where you can have your photos taken. Anyway, a not so good photo of the wax figure of Kendall Jenner. 😀

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Snapshot: A Brief Stop at Hadrian’s Wall, UK

The last stop to end our first full day in the UK before heading to our hotel in Penrith (you can read my review of our hotel, the North Lakes Hotel & Spa here), would be the Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall. Along the way, we got a little lost as the Sat Nav pointed our coach driver onto the wrong direction + the fact that there seemed to be road works when we went.

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On the way to our destination. Rolling hills, the occasional farmhouses, and tons of sheep greeted us to and from Hadrian’s Wall.

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