Saturday, November 20, 2010

European Escapade - Trafalgar Square

Hotel Novotel in Paddington, we made our way to Leicester Square before proceeding to Trafalgar Square. When we arrived, Leicester Square was jam-packed with people and police security and I wondered what major London events were going on that day. Smiley

Tight security

The crowd got louder as we approached the central square and we realized that we had unknowingly walked into the UK Premiere of Zac Efron's new movie Charlie St. Cloud!

Presenting Zac Efron!
Excitement filled the air and the crowd was wild; loudly chanting for Zac Efron with loyal fans (mostly girls) waving banners and screaming his name every few minutes! Smiley

We want Zac Efron!

I wanted to wait for Zac Efron to make his appearance but that would have set us back by another hour at least so I settled for a picture of me in the crowd instead.

At the Premiere!

B, Zany & Aidid Marcelo

Our visit to Trafalgar Square was memorable in so many ways. As one of the most famous squares in UK and worldwide; there were plenty of things to see, history to soak and of course pictures to take.

Trafalgar Square

Water fountains

The latest addition to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle is a replica of Lord Nelson's ship Victory, designed by artist Yinka Shonibare. I've always loved the collectible ship in a bottle so I was in awe at such a gigantic display of magnificence!

Ship in a Bottle

Mariuca and B

Nelson's Column stands tall in the center of Trafalgar Square. This monument was built at a cost of £47,000 in commemoration of Admiral Nelson who died in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Nelson's Column

Famous for its feral pigeons at one point, Trafalgar Square is now completely void of these birds. Aside from tarnishing the physical appearance of buildings with their droppings, the birds were considered a health hazard and were gradually driven out so there were none around to feed or photograph.

Along the way, we spotted a group of B-Boys getting ready to do their routine. They were friendly and eager to pose for our cameras. While I was busy taking pictures of them; the obvious leader of the group beckoned me to come over for a snapshot, which I willingly obliged of course! senyumkenyit

Want a picture?

Chilling with the B-Boys

It was getting colder and I was starting to feel hungry but vacation memories are important so we continued walking and snapping more pictures for our London album!

National Gallery

Around the base of Nelson's Column sit four lions, each 20 feet long and 22 feet high. Several tourists took the trouble to actually climb up to the lion and sit on the mighty king to pose for photographs. The climb up looked pretty steep and since I was wearing my booties, I did not bother to try. Patting the lion from down below was good enough for me! ihikhik

My Lion

This tourist below however had other plans and we watched her climb up to pose for pictures with her girlfriend who had also climbed up after her. Initially, she seemed happy and excited but when it was time to jump down; she was suddenly crippled with fear! Smiley

Jump, Jump!

Her shrieks had gathered quite a crowd and everyone waited to see her next move. Her friends were laughing so hard, it was contagious! Almost in tears, she did look quite funny and despite the small crowd encouraging her to jump, she was truly and utterly stuck! Smiley

In the end, we friendly Malaysians offered her a helping hand .. or two! Her fear was apparent by how tightly she gripped my hand as she slowly made her way down the steep high monument; all the while shrieking, which made us laugh louder!

To the rescue!

Lion & Us

Leaving Trafalgar Square

It felt like we had walked for miles that evening and I was exhausted. However, I didn't want to miss anything worth viewing so I endured the fatigue; stopping for pictures at Tourism Malaysia.

I Malaysia

Can't remember the name of this building!

Mariuca in London

Our next stop was Big Ben, which is actually not the tower itself but refers to the nickname of the great bell of the clock tower, located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, London.

B and his Fighter plane

Big Ben, Clock Tower

Loving London

London Eye

The rest of the group went ahead with the London Eye ride, scheduled for later that night. B and I were too tired to tag along so we bid the group good night. While the guys continued exploring beautiful London, B and I took a tube back to Leicester Square from Westminster Station. penat

At Leicester Square, we had dinner in a restaurant which serves Malaysian local dishes. I was actually hoping to find a restaurant serving Mexican or Spanish food but the ones we did come across were packed and we were too tired to wait for a table to clear. Perhaps I'll satisfy my craving for authentic Spanish food when vacationing in Spain! I hear holidays to Tenerife are having great promos right now, must check them out when we return home.Anyway, I opted for Spicy Chicken with fried rice while B had the Sweet n Sour Chicken. My dish was a tad too sweet for my liking and as expected, not spicy at all. So thank goodness for the red hot chilli oil you see here, which saved my meal and made it tasty and spicy! Smiley

Super Spicy!

By the time we finally reached Hotel Novotel in Paddington, it was late night; marking the end of another splendid day in London. Next up, Day 5 in Covent Garden! Smiley



Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:14 AM

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Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:15 AM

morning Mariuca! hahaha finally ur EE post is out! :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 20, 2010 11:15 AM

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Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 20, 2010 11:20 AM

whoaa Trafalgar Square!! last time i studied bout it back in college time! wish to step there one day! :-D :-D

Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:21 AM

wow so many pics!! 8-) 8-) lol @ that tourist! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 20, 2010 11:22 AM

waaaa Zac Efron la!! but didnt noe he got new movie. tsk tsk!! >:o

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 20, 2010 11:23 AM

whoaaa nice la, u have big lion at there! when wanna bring back to msia?? :-P :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 20, 2010 11:25 AM

omg!!! =-O =-O is dat chili flakes?! damn spicy la wei!!!

Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:26 AM

love all the pics sweetie...esp the one u and B hugging each other woot!! ;) :)

Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:32 AM

wahh ur fried rice looked super spicy! :-D :-D

Monica,  November 20, 2010 11:34 AM

ahahahah so funny la Caroline!! bring big lion back to msia? :-D :-D :-D :-D

Bella Enveeus,  November 20, 2010 11:36 AM

woohoo gorgeous la the place.. bila la i wana go there for a trip.. sigh.. love all the photos... n the b-boyz look pretty cool.. never seen a live show before.. always saw videos je..

Bella Enveeus,  November 20, 2010 11:37 AM

the photo u two hugging each other bumping cheeks tu so cute la! hehe.. :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 20, 2010 1:00 PM

:* :* :* Monica FC1!

Mariuca,  November 20, 2010 1:00 PM

:* :* Caroline FC2!

Mariuca,  November 20, 2010 1:00 PM

Thanks for the EE chop ladies, happy weekend! :-D :-D

Jackie Hooper,  November 20, 2010 7:08 PM

Love the picture of you with B-The to finish dropping before I have to go in to town....I couldn't do drops for 2 days..hugs!! :* :* :* :* :* :* :*

LadyJava,  November 20, 2010 7:14 PM

hahhaha... i also laugh at your story of that i can just imagine her shrieking and laughing..hahah

LadyJava,  November 20, 2010 7:14 PM

Wah feeling sicky lah me.. i have my sweater on and just had hot tea with panadol

LadyJava,  November 20, 2010 7:15 PM

am loving the pictures and the stories here sweetie.. hai.. bila i nak gi london ni? lol!

LadyJava,  November 20, 2010 7:16 PM

lol.. never believe if they say spicy.. i tell you must always bring our own chili flakes to be on the safe side...ahahah

David Funk,  November 20, 2010 11:07 PM

Hi Mariuca! :* :* :*

Wow, I so want to go to London now after seeing these pics. What beautiful pics that were so much better because YOU are in them! :) :) :)

Enjoy the weekend, sweetie! :* :* :*

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:05 AM

Huh? No Zac Efron pics but you as substitute? LOL!!

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:05 AM

Hey that guy Aidid Marcelo! have I seen him somewhere before?

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:07 AM

Wah!! Posing with the B-Boys! At first I thought Backstreet Boys!! Haha!!

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:07 AM

Ooh!! I love the lion!!

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:08 AM

Haha!! so funny lah the tourist climbed up the lion but don't dare to get down! LOL!! So it's friendly Malaysians to the rescue? I am so proud! Haha!!

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:10 AM

Hey!! I like that small "Mariuca In London" photo! Looks like an ad for a thriller movie or something! Haha

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:10 AM

Wah!! So lovey dovey in front of Big Ben! ;)

foongpc,  November 21, 2010 2:12 AM

Wow! Your spicy chicken rice looks super spicy!

*Michael,  November 21, 2010 2:37 PM

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*Michael,  November 21, 2010 2:38 PM

I have climbed the lion statue long time ago too :)

*Michael,  November 21, 2010 2:38 PM

But I managed to jump down by myself as even I asked no one will probably come to my rescue :-P

*Michael,  November 21, 2010 2:39 PM

Thanks for bring back my London memory :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 22, 2010 1:43 AM

Well I can't just drop and run...have to stop and say hi! :) :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 22, 2010 1:44 AM

see you later..It's cloudy and dreary here today and I am soooooo lazy!! I am going to try to visit Bill again. I keep trying and trying but I can't get his comment box to load for me!! Hugs!! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:39 AM

Morning Monica! Yeah finally my EE post is out, ooopsie! :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:40 AM

I told ya this one was gonna have many pics but still not as many as my HRC post lol! He he crazy funny that tourist! =-X =-X :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:41 AM

Yay thanks sweetie, I do love that pic too! :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:43 AM

Trust me Mon, the fried rice and spicy chicken weren't spicy at all but the chilli oil was super spicy! =-X =-X =-X :-P :-P :-P :-P

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:46 AM

History class is it Caroline? Oh I do hope u get to visit London and TS too one day! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:47 AM

I also didn't know that time Caroline so it was a pleasant surprise ha ha! Zac Efron is cute, I ♥ Zac Efron! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:48 AM

4 big lions Caroline and LOL.. bring him home??? RAWR!! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:48 AM

LOL too! Caroline made me laugh! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:49 AM

That is chilli oil Caroline and yes, super spicy but nice to eat with the so-called spicy chicken fried rice cause fried rice langsung tak pedas! >:o >:o ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:51 AM

Hi Bella, thanks for coming by! Yeah mmg gorgeous the place and you must sampai here one day, don't forget that honeymoon coming up hopefully soon he he... :* :* :*

Oh me too never seen a live B-B performance, impressed it seems ha ha! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:52 AM

Thanks sweetie, i love that huggy-wuggy pic of us too, YAY! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:53 AM

Hey Jackie, thanks for viewing the pics, love the B-Boys too, cool! And don't stress out too much with dropping kay? :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 7:54 AM

YAY, u oso LOL LJ? Ha ha ha mmg kelakar la dat time, some more Aidid can ask her to jump down and he'll sambut her it seems, lagi la she screamed louder hahahaah! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:20 AM

Oh no poor thing LJ sickish? Get well soon dearie! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:21 AM

Thanks for always loving my EE stories dearie, you're da best! Ha nak pi London ke Amsterdam dulu ni? lol... ;) ;) :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:22 AM

Of course I was skeptical when I saw spicy chicken on the menu LJ hahhahahah but anyway da chilli oil was spicy, dat one yes! But if don have the chilli oil, sure no appetite one! :-D :-D =-X =-X :) :)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:24 AM

Yay! I enticed you with my pics David, awesome! Thanks and I did have a good weekend, Happy Monday! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:25 AM

LOL not me as substitute but me in the Zac Efron crowd already good enough mah.. ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:26 AM

I think so Foong, Aidid used to be Remaja Host on TV3 and currently host for Soccer Kids! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:27 AM

Sure la have to pose with B-Boyz right? Abaden! Wait to pose for one here in M'sia? Muahahahahhaha! =-X =-X :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:27 AM

The lion was indeed majestic and kinda scary too up close cause it's huge! =-O =-O ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:29 AM

Ha ha so funny right? We had to laugh along cause she was so entertaining ha ha! Yeah we were the first to step up and help, abaden we all peramah and friendly right? Malaysia boleh! :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:30 AM

OMG dat's eerily true, cause I was the only one in the Mariuca in London shot and that's a panoramic shot too so got full view of surrounding area, yowzaaaa! =-O =-O =-X =-X ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:32 AM

LOL @ lovey dovey in front of Big Ben! Just feeling da moment Foong hehehehehehe! :-[ :-[ :-[ :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:34 AM

Not spicy at all Foong, serious-merious! But the chilli oil was spicy!! Super spicy, i like! =-X =-X =-X 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:35 AM

:* :* :* Hi Michael!

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:36 AM

Wahhhhh so brave la Michael u climbed da lion! Quite high and steep!!! =-O =-O ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:39 AM

Ha ha ha ha Michael! You are courageous Michael, can easily jump down, if I were the girl too, I think I'd have trouble jumping down so thank goodness I didn't climb up ha ha ha! =-X =-X =-X :-[ :-[ :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:39 AM

I'm happy I brought back London memories for u Michael, YAY! :* :*

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:40 AM

Thanks so much Jackie and hi back at cha! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 22, 2010 8:41 AM

Did u manage to visit Bill? I think he's using ID now at his sites so it could take some time to load some days. Have a terrific Monday Jackie! :* :* 8-) 8-)

Rosidah Abidin,  November 22, 2010 6:46 PM

That looks like a fantastic holiday to me, even without seeing Zac Efron 8-)

sound proud international,  November 23, 2010 1:37 AM

i enjoyed reading your post, thanks for sharing it to us.

Life Ramblings,  November 23, 2010 2:29 PM

glad you had such memorable moments in london. nice captures but i particularly love the shot of you with the b-boys. i like how they strike a funky pose with you, how cool. ;)

Life Ramblings,  November 23, 2010 2:31 PM

too bad you didn't manage to catch Zac Efron in action. :(

Life Ramblings,  November 23, 2010 2:34 PM

it's funny how the girl managed to climb up the lion but scared to come down on her own. glad you people were able to rescue her.

Life Ramblings,  November 23, 2010 2:36 PM

it's my off day today, working from home. hope you have a wonderful week.

Scotty's Princess,  November 23, 2010 2:44 PM

WOW! Lovely pics, Sweetie. Thanks for sharing them. Nice shot of u and B ;-) I am soooo late here as always, haha. When can I ever come back to blogging in full swing? Sigh.

May you enjoy the rest of the week, Sweetie. Mwah! :* :* :*

Bingkee,  November 23, 2010 3:26 PM

I wish I could go to those places you've gone....hehehe

Jackie Hooper,  November 24, 2010 5:31 AM

Dropping and stopping to say hi!! :) :) :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 24, 2010 5:32 AM

Still running wicked slow on my just special visits today!! :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 24, 2010 5:33 AM

Awwww...and I just realized I missed your birthday..and Eid!! :'(

Jackie Hooper,  November 24, 2010 5:33 AM

Hapy Belated Birthday and also Happy belated Raya too!! Love and hugs for you dearie!! :* :* :* :* :* :* :*

Bill,  November 24, 2010 12:06 PM

It looks like you had a wonderful time my friend. :)

ayie,  November 25, 2010 1:32 AM

hi marzie! I am here! but my connection is sucky...darn! >:o >:o

ayie,  November 25, 2010 1:34 AM

oh dear I'm really lagging..I'll be back! :( :(

Ayie,  November 25, 2010 6:20 AM

i am back sweetie, I think it's hubs unit which was lappie works just fine!

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:13 PM

hey marzie!

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:13 PM

wow! i enjoyed reading your day in trafalgar. i wish i could go there someday. hehehe

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:15 PM

oh i was quite expecting you'd pose like one of the B-boys. hehehe. like hands on the floor and feet up in the air. hahahahaha. hmmm.

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:16 PM

too bad you didnt see zac. hehehe.

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:16 PM

but that lady in the lion is sure a good laugh.

elai,  November 25, 2010 12:17 PM

and you were great being a good samaritan right there

Emila Yusof,  November 25, 2010 8:13 PM

wah bestnya!!!!! i must visit this square one day!

poor prince,  November 27, 2010 10:42 PM

great views well what else to expect in Europe

poor prince,  November 27, 2010 10:42 PM

gheeeh i really love to be there soon

poor prince,  November 27, 2010 10:42 PM

i love that famous big ben tower its so great nice nice nice

poor prince,  November 27, 2010 10:43 PM

its been a while since the last time i visited blogs its just that i've been sick this past few days
happy to be back in action again
have a great day

Jackie Hooper,  November 28, 2010 1:16 AM

:) :) :) :) :) :)

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