Saturday, July 12th, 2014
04.07.2014 - 13.07.2014
Today was my last full day in London. I took the underground from Waterloo station to London Bridge station. I walked up Southwark street until I finally reached the Shakespeare Globe Theater and Exhibition.
I bought a student price ticket and did the guided tour at 10:30 AM. The guide was a very enthusiastic and passionate old lady. She took us back in time to when Shakespeare's plays were first performed. This Globe theater is "only" a replica of the theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon, but was still beautiful. It is still used today for various theatrical performances.
When the tour ended, I took the underground from London Bridge station to Charing Cross via Waterloo. In the underground, I saw the strangest woman, who seemed to be coming from another era. She was a young woman with curly long red hair. She was dressed in an all black dress, white gloves and was wearing a strange, flat hat with a black veil covering her face. She looked at the same time creepy and stunning. I have never seen someone dressed like this, unless for a carnival or Halloween. I tried to discretely take a picture but she was staring at me so I did not dare.
I finally arrived to Charing Cross. Thanks to "Yelp," I found a delicious mexican restaurant called Wahaca, located on Chandos plaza. I ordered a Chicken Tinga Burrito, which was memorable. The bursting flavor of chipotle spices with the beans, soft chicken and sweet corn was an outstanding culinary experience. This restaurant, along with Wagamama, have to be my absolute favorites in London.
After finishing my lunch, I went to Trafalgar square where I participated in the 2PM Harry Potter walking tour. Needless to say, I was like a child, grinning widely with stars in my eyes. The tour guide was a young enthusiastic woman who made the tour funny, exciting and informative. Walking through London, we say many of the places that inspired J.K. Rowling and places where the film was made. More specifically, we visited Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley, Honey Duke Shop and the entrance of the Ministry of Magic. The guide interacted a lot with the audience by asking many Harry Potter questions and giving a sticker to anyone who would provide the right answers. I had two stickers by the end of the tour, and I could not be more proud of myself. The tour finished when we visited Honey Duke Shop and bought a 10£ candy pack which had a chocolate frog, wizard wands, Dumbledore's favorite lemon candy, a basilisk gum, Bertie Bott's Beans (some of the flavors are simply disgusting!), and popping candy. There is absolutely no way for me to be mature when talking about Harry Potter!
At the end of the tour, I headed to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square. I walked quickly through it as the paintings were unfortunately not as exciting as the tour I just did. The view on Trafalgar square was amazing because the weather was perfect. It was, indeed, the perfect summer day.
As I craved for ice cream, I "yelped" some advice and ended up going to Muffinski's shop on King Street. I had a raspberry frozen yogurt with dark chocolate chip, which I ate while sitting in the sidewalk.
I was right by the Covent Garden Market, Apple Market and Jubilee Market. I saw a contortionist presenting a show which was apparently very successful. The man really had talent and show business skills, which is why he became so popular. When the show was done, I entered Jubilee Market and saw a group of young violinists performing. They were very good as well.
After the market, I walked on Strand Street, passed by St Clement Danes and saw the Royal Courts of Justice, which looked like a castle. Although it was still early, I felt tired and decided to call it a day. I took bus 341 and headed back to Waterloo.