Monday, 22 December 2008

Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Fussen and Potsdam, Germany

It's so hard to pick a few out of these photos to put up. I made them a little smaller and the 800x600 versions are found here.

City Hall, Romer brought me into a completely different time zone from the rest of Frankfurt!

I can't remember but I'm thinking it's Munich

Beautiful square in Munich. Love the neo-gothic buildings.

Fussen has such beautiful sceneries. I am so in love!! Read briefly about Fussen here.

View from Neuschwanstein Castle

View from Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Hohenschwangau ("Castle of the High Swan Country") in orange at a distance.

Neuschwanstein Castle by King LugwigII. If you're planning a trip, try reading here.

Berlin's Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall)

The Berlin Dome

Holocaust Memorial Park

Sanssouci in Potsdam

Berlin Wall

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Just Outside Our Cabin, Lauterbrunnen

One of the most beautiful places I have been to is Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. I love all the cottage wooden houses that lined along the roads as it go up the mountains. There are wildflowers growing with warmer temperatures but it's really cold out here. We're surrounded by the giants of the world where many waterfalls can be seen falling from just above us.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Luxembourg City

This was an interesting city because it seemed to have many valleys, making bridges necessary to get from one place to another other than to cross rivers. Also, it was like a two-storey city for there were buildings under these bridges where the land is lower.

You'll find two other photos of Luxembourg City here.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Little Chalet

I can't quite remember if this was in the outskirts Luxembourg or Belgium. All throughout our trip, we either camped in tents or chalets. I remember we had to jam the door with brooms and chairs since the door lock didn't look assuring despite it being locked.

I remember seeing some of the coolest caravans ever in one of the camp sites. They could be extended to make more room and they were beautifully furnished with lovely drapes, couches and television!

Monday, 27 October 2008

The St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

lWe saw this gothic-styled church as we were crossing the road on our way back to either the bus or the camp site. It was kinda hard to keep track since we were mostly on the move with the Kelana Convoy tour. Our stay in each city was quite brief since the journey by coach took up some time. We had a full day or two in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and Paris, France but only a few hours to spare in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg City.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Manneken Pis, Brussels

The statue of a little boy peeing is a very popular landmark in Belgium and you'll find many souveniers of the statue. While this is a nude statue, it changes its attire from time to time, which could be another reason to its fame. :)

The story that was told to me by our guide was this:
"Another story (told often to tourists) tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to the city with his family, had his beloved young son go missing. The merchant hastily started searching with others all corners of the city, until one member of the search party found the boy happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built." - wikipedia

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Grand Place

I simply love the look of gritty, old buildings and the market centre of Brussels have a whole square full of archaic guild houses. I love the grids on the window and the detailed borders as well as the roof. It goes to show how Europeans appreciate the artwork in their buildings. It gives them a sense of vintage grandeur.

Friday, 24 October 2008

The Atomium, Brussels

The Atomium monument is a magnified version of an iron atom. It's been blown up in size 165 billion times!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

National Monument

And, if you're visiting Carlton Hill, you must see this massive piece of Greek-looking architecture. It is built as a memory to those who died during the Napoleonic wars.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Dugald Stewart Monument

If anyone is to visit Edinburgh, I'd be sure to tell them about Carlton Hill's spectacular views and monuments. Overlooking the city is the Dugald Steward Monument, which sits on Carlton Hill.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Flock of Tourists

The number of tourists increases during the summer period of UK while the residents too travel to other nations for holiday-making. The picture below is taken within the grounds of the Edinburgh castle.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

The Thistle of Scotland

Not only is the thistle the national flower of Scotland, it is also Scotland's national emblem. It is said to be a symbol of nobility from the ancient Celtic times.

It has earned its recognition when the Vikings were trying to attack Scotland. But, they cried out upon stepping on the flower, thus alerting the Scottish troops.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Floral Clock

Situated at the entrance of the garden below the Edinburgh Castle, there lies the huge floral clock which is the only one that I've ever seen in my 28 years of living. 0_o

The garden is just right along the main street of Edinburgh. And, with the towering castle above it, it's really quite something which no one can miss.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Gum Fighters

I was taking my mum and sis around London when they came for my graduation ceremony. And, we had just walked out of the Tower of London and was heading towards the nearest Tube station when we saw this! A van with proper equipment to remove (chewing) gum off any surface!