Thursday, February 24, 2011

European Escapade - Covent Garden

On Day 5 of our European Escapade,
B and I entertained the notion of visiting Paris for a day from where we were in London. There were many packages offering great deals on Barcelona accommodation, Madrid accommodation and several other major vacation destinations in Europe but our main interest was Paris.

We had picked up brochures earlier and Eurostar, which is a high-speed passenger train service between London and Paris, sounded promising. It would take us 2.5 hours to reach Paris and we'd be free for an entire day to explore on our own. This means we need not worry about booking Paris apartments or hotels while in Paris as we'd be returning to London on the same day. I for one have never been to the capital city of perfume so I was most enticed by the idea of Paris for a day! rindu

Our main concern however was the time factor and for Paris to be a reality, we would have to forgo our entire Saturday, which was already reserved for several other group activities. We'd be leaving for Manchester early Sunday morning so to squeeze in Paris
to our already-packed itinerary was quite difficult. adus

Anyway, after discussing with the rest of the group (
9 of us on this trip), it was decided that the trip to Paris was simply too taxing to complete in just one day. It would have been awesome to include Paris in this vacation but it was simply not meant to be. So we stuck to our original agenda, which saw B visiting the Emirates Stadium on the morning of Day 5 before the two of us headed for Covent Garden by tube later that afternoon. senyumkenyit

Let's go to Covent Garden

Covent Garden Station

Covent Garden
is a popular shopping and tourist area, which mainly features independent shops and street performers as the main attraction within a district of the usual elegant buildings, department stores, theatres and entertainment facilities one may find in such places. Smiley

Savoy Theatre

It was a cold afternoon in
Covent Garden and I have not eaten the whole day. Food was uppermost on my mind but the surrounding excitement and activities going on that day made me forget my rumbling tummy. ihikhik

Market Hall

B and I took our time to survey the market with a little window-shopping. But it's hard to just window shop and not buy at least one item so we ended up buying more things than anticipated. We had a wonderful time browsing through the many cool gadgets, arts & crafts, souvenirs, knick-knacks and other interesting items to bring back home.
Souvenir shopping

The Jubilee Market @ Covent Garden offers anything and everything under the sun. From household goods and clothing to antiques and collectibles, this market is definitely a point of interest for any tourist visiting London. We bought plenty of souvenirs here before heading to the department stores nearby for more shopping! siul

Jubilee Market Hall

Walk of life

People Walk

Guess what I bought?

After all the walking and shopping, we were too tired to eat a huge meal so we ended up having a jacket potato each. I've described them in detail over at my food blog but you can see the pictures here. And they were delish of course!

B ordering our potatoes

Tuna & Corn

Baked Beans & Cheese

Our visit to Covent Garden would be incomplete without enjoying a little street performance, which I truly found entertaining. I felt very touristy as I watched Mr. Silver did his little act for me before tipping him!


Would you like a picture?


Recycle Man

My favourite .. Mr. GOLD!

Spare me!


Before heading back to our hotel, I stopped at my favourite Lush store. It's a must to pop into any Lush Store I see. Have I told you that it is my dream to own a Lush store one day? I simply can't get enough of their awesome natural handmade bath and body products oozing with delicious scents good enough to eat! Smiley

Lush Moment

Perfume Store

By the time we left Covent Garden it was late evening. We had dinner at Novotel Hotel and settled in for the night rather early. Tomorrow would be another full day with Madam Tussauds first on our list! Smiley

Before I end my post, I'd like to thank my friends and readers who have been so patient with my ultra-slow posting of my European Escapade here. I'm really not sure how to go about posting the many pictures (400+) we snapped in Madam Tussauds wax museum so stay tuned!

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-



LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:25 PM

8-) 8-)

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:30 PM

I love your EE post and will stay tune for more!

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:31 PM

oh too bad cant go to Paris ... that would have been so awesome... never been there before either... oh i so wanna go one day!

Monica,  February 24, 2011 6:31 PM

yay EE post....nice pics sweetie!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:32 PM

shopping... it would have been so difficult for me to just window shop also for sure.. lol!! and if you ever own a lush shop.. i'll be your very first customer!! ehehehhe

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:33 PM

hahha.. love that gold man too.. hahaha

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:33 PM

awesome post as usual dearie.. is this SR or the super duper DPB?

Mariuca,  February 24, 2011 6:35 PM

Ahahahahah this one part of the SD DPB dearie yeeehaw!!! :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

Monica,  February 24, 2011 6:37 PM

hahahha so cute la! :-D :-D :-D

Monica,  February 24, 2011 6:44 PM

i love ur panoramic shots! what did u buy from the jbilee market..i wanna see!! :-P :-P

Monica,  February 24, 2011 6:47 PM

ohh it's nice if can go to paris too kan? :) ;) i got no PBs... :-E :-E :-E

Monica,  February 24, 2011 6:53 PM

looking forward to ur next EE post hehe! :* :* :*

LadyJava,  February 24, 2011 6:59 PM

oh how many post dearie??
eh are you using or to do your post.. if got lots to upload.. maybe can try log in from draft because their uploading like faster and easier like that.. easier to resize also..

Caroline,  February 24, 2011 8:04 PM

:* :* :*

Caroline,  February 24, 2011 8:07 PM

like u said.. steady n slow ma!! =-X =-X =-X i wanna see those pictures u snapped with "celebrities" !! :-P :-P

Caroline,  February 24, 2011 8:07 PM

i wan jacket potato!!! >:o >:o

Caroline,  February 24, 2011 8:13 PM

love shopping!! so u shopped till drop dearie?? :-P :-P

tekkaus,  February 24, 2011 8:57 PM come there are so many "statues" over there? :p

tekkaus,  February 24, 2011 8:59 PM

What's with that plastic man? Hahaha :D Is he the person in charge of collecting garbage in Europe?

tekkaus,  February 24, 2011 9:00 PM

What? At Madam Tussauds alone there are 400++ photos? Haha :D Can't wait to see all of them.

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:31 PM

>:o >:o >:o >:o

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:34 PM

:-P :-P :-P :-P

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:35 PM

;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:41 PM

tuna? correct me if am wrong, u edi featured that in MMM, ayt? =-O =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:43 PM

;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:45 PM

wanting Mr.Gold oso! :*

gagay,  February 24, 2011 10:45 PM

;) ;) ;) ;)

MaxiVelasco,  February 24, 2011 11:28 PM

=-O =-O =-O

MaxiVelasco,  February 24, 2011 11:28 PM

Finally! More posts about your vacay! Lovely! :*

MaxiVelasco,  February 24, 2011 11:29 PM

Those jacket potatoes look yum. I wonder if my taste buds would like it *DONT_KNOW*

MaxiVelasco,  February 24, 2011 11:30 PM

Your Mr. Gold looks nice but I am more curious to see the Recycle Man. :)

Thanks a lot for sharing these pics and your adventure.

I will definitely stay tuned! Hugs!

Incik RestNrilekS,  February 25, 2011 1:02 AM

=-O =-O =-O

Incik RestNrilekS,  February 25, 2011 1:04 AM

gambar-gambar yang menarik tuuu semua. wah, rasa macam melancong ke sana pulak.

Street performers tuu nampak awesome. AGak2 kalau buat kat sini camner.. ahaks tak per, biar rizal mulakan dulu.. duduk depan berjaya anyam rotan sampai pak guard halau baru lari.

Tuu rupanya convent garden, selalu dengar tapi tak pernah pergi. Kraftangan selalu pergi sana.

Tuna ngan baked beans tuu macam boleh makan 3 orang. Kira perut mat salleh kot kat sana : )

Lil,  February 25, 2011 7:50 PM

Hi! Lucky you, wish I'm there now. In a matter of time, after getting back my Streamyx, I will be back to normal visiting you guys daily. Now using the office pc after work! Hope you enjoy yourself to the fullest. Salam to B too. :* :* :* :*

bluedreamer27,  February 25, 2011 11:45 PM

yippeeee.nice to be back here

bluedreamer27,  February 25, 2011 11:46 PM

nice adventure Marzie... love the photos... especially the potatoes...
potato + tuna... never tried this one but it sounds great

bluedreamer27,  February 25, 2011 11:48 PM

nice ... do they have bronze man too haha
so cool

bluedreamer27,  February 25, 2011 11:49 PM

have a great day Marzie and thanks for sharing this European Adventures of yours

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:22 AM

Yeah how come so long only continue with this EE post? :-P

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:23 AM

So looks like you just shop, shop and shop non stop even to the point of ignoring your hunger pangs! :-D

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:24 AM

Visiting Paris for a day? That's definitely too rushed! Better go to Paris on a separate trip, so when u going? This year? ;)

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:26 AM

The baked beans and cheese looks yummy to me! Makes me hungry!!

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:27 AM

Ooh! The street performers look so cute! Bet you are charmed by them! :-D

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:28 AM

Wow! OKB! Want to own a Lush Store? Eh, I thought B oredy secret secret own one shop in Gardens? LOL!!

foongpc,  February 27, 2011 2:30 AM

Wow! 400+ photos shot at Madam Tussauds? I want to see the photos!! So when are you posting about it? ;)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 8:40 AM

8-) 8-) LJ FC1!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 8:41 AM

:* :* Monica FC2!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 8:42 AM

:* :* :* And Caroline FC3!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 8:42 AM

Thanks for the EE chop ladies yay! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 8:44 AM

LOL LJ, this EE post is ur first chop this month! =-O =-O

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:09 AM

Thanks for loving and following my EE posts dearie, hugs! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:10 AM

Thanks LJ and yay to SD DPB ha hah ha! :D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:10 AM

Yeah so charming but I got gold dust all over me after that ha ha!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:11 AM

EE post is finally here Mon and glad u like my pics! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:11 AM

Adorable and friendly but won’t speak of course! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:14 AM

Thanks for noticing my panoramic shots Mon, I love them too cause can see full view! :D I bought a nice long black cardigan here and lotsa souvenirs. Also got the lollipops something like ur brother gave u last time, here! Ha ha ha ah…. :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:16 AM

I know!! Pusing punya pusing plan but still can’t fit in Paris.. then had to wake up really early the next day if wan to catch our train to Manchester so we couldn’t risk coming back late …. Next time… Paris here I come! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:17 AM

Awwww thanks so much dearie for saying you’ll be my first customer ha ha, I would love to own a Lush store… sure every day go there just to sniff the scent-sational scent of Lush oh my.. heavenly! :D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:18 AM

It would have been ohsem to visit Paris Monica… ahhhh there’s always next time… :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:19 AM

Thanks sweetie, I will def post another EE post soon yay! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:20 AM

Ohhh I’ve never tried LJ.. .what is that????? And yeah EE posts selalunya lots to upload…. Lemme check out the site nanti, thanks dearie! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:24 AM

Which one u want Caroline? Baked beans or Tuna? :D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:26 AM

Thanks sweetie, slow n steady wins the EE race hahaahah, yeah lotsa celeb pics coming! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:32 AM

Everywhere we turned there will be something to buy Caroline, so yeah.. it was one awesome day of shopping among many other things we did that day ha ha! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:36 AM

:* :* :* Hi Caroline!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:37 AM

Ha ha ha yeah 400 + Tekkaus cause used 2 different cameras but of course there are plenty of blurry ones! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:37 AM

There was quite a few ‘statues’ actually Tekkaus but I’m not sure how many exactly…..

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:39 AM

LOL I was too tired edi to tip plastic dude after spending time with Mr. Silver and Mr. Gold he he….

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:40 AM

>:o >:o >:o GG!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:40 AM

Hola GG! Lambat but it’s okay cause leading edi with the chops! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:41 AM


Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:42 AM

Yes GG, I mentioned here that I’ve already posted the potatoes at MMM.. :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:45 AM

Want Mr. Gold to shower u with riches right GG? He he…. :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:46 AM

=-O =-O =-O Hey Maxi!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:47 AM

LOL @ finally, thanks for reading my EE posts sweetie! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:48 AM

They were totally delish Maxi and I am sure you would enjoy them too YUM! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:55 AM

You’re welcome Maxi, I’m glad u enjoyed my EE post and the pics too, hugs! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:56 AM

=-O =-O =-O Hi Rizal!

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 11:59 AM

Yay berjaya bawak Rizal melancong ke sana sekali, thanks for visiting my EE post!
LOL kalau street performer kat sini sure not as happening… hahahah anyam rotan di tepi jalan mmg comel! Yup, this is Covent Garden.. B has been here before but this was my first time and I truly enjoyed my day here. Banyak nak lihat, banyak nak shopping and banyak nak makan pun! He he he.. I tak habis my potato, B also actually.. should have shared but seperti biasa nak different2 flava.. so beli satu sorang ha ha! :D:D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:05 PM

Hey Lil, I hope u get to visit London one day too, truly a time to remember… dah okay ke screamyx?? Past two days my internet has been acting up also, hope better speed today! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:06 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by BD and I’m glad u enjoyed the post and pics. The tuna and corn was interesting! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:06 PM

Cool street performers… I enjoyed their antics! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:06 PM

Welcome back BD and happy Sunday! :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:09 PM

You’re welcome BD and it was my pleasure, thanks! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:10 PM

How come so long?? Hahaha lazy mah!!! :D:D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:11 PM

And also want to follow u.. one yr to finish vakasi posts ahaahahhhaha! :D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:12 PM

I was Foong, smiling happily when I first spotted the street performers ha ha ha! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:13 PM

Yay that was my potato and yeah it was yummy! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:16 PM

When on shopping frenzy, it is hard to stop and eat but of course we had to eat cause B hungry edi dat time ha ha! :D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:16 PM

Definitely posting Madam Tussauds next week Foong, wait for it! :D:D

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:17 PM

LOL @ visiting Paris this year… I wish!!! I didn’t mind visiting Paris for a day actually, enough to cover the basics which was all I really wanted but yeah.. wait for next EE.. whenever that will be… :)

Mariuca,  February 27, 2011 12:19 PM

LOL! Yeah it’s my dream to own a Lush store Foong! My fave store in the whole wide world hahahaha! And I remember B’s secret shop hehehehe! :D:D

Life Ramblings,  March 02, 2011 9:23 PM

the mime artists look so cute, but the recycle man looks even more intriguing.

Life Ramblings,  March 02, 2011 9:25 PM

thanks for posting this. i haven't been to Madame tussaud museum so i'll look forward to your another series of adventure.

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 3:22 AM

Welcome sweetie and glad u enjoyed my Madame Tussaud post as well, more coming ur way yay!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 3:22 AM

Ha ha really? U like the recycle man eh? All were interesting to me LR lol! :D

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