Thursday, March 03, 2011

European Escapade - Madame Tussauds

If there is one country I would like to visit one fine day, it would be gorgeous Germany! The only blog friend I have in Germany is Martin so perhaps he'll guide me in the right direction for the cheapest Berlin Apartments or other Berlin accommodation when and if that time comes.

Accommodation in any strange country is important to me when travelling. Everything starts with a nice reasonably-priced apartment in Berlin in a strategic situation. Once our Berlin apartment is confirmed, it would be much easier to start planning our itinerary.

In Berlin, there are over 170 museums and galleries welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world each year. How I'd love to fall into that statistic especially since Madame Tussauds is on the list of museums. When we were in
London last year, we visited the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which is a must for any tourist.

I did some research prior to our vacation, which actually got me a little worried. Most of the reviews I read online were not flattering; citing long hours of queuing, overcrowded inside the museum and expensive gift shop items as main concerns. So when we finally visited Madame Tussauds on the 6th day of our European Escapade, I was anticipating a really long wait with plenty of shoving and pushing. We'd also probably end up leaving with just a few pictures since the crowd was supposedly huge every day of the week. Smiley

In the end, we left the museum with more than 400 pictures and though there were duplicates and some were blurry, they were still worth the trip! Anyway, I will break this segment of my European Escapade into several Madame Tussauds posts to accommodate the many pictures we took on that day. So I hope you'll like the photos as much as B and I enjoyed our day out with the Stars! Smiley

Waiting in line, here we go!

Welcome to Madame Tussauds

Sightseeing in London

It was a chilly Saturday and we could see the crowd forming longer and longer just a few minutes after we arrived. To kill time, we took pictures of the surrounding area.

How much longer?

30 minutes and counting

It took us approximately 30 minutes of waiting and picture-taking outside before we finally got inside the building. Even then, there was another 60-minute wait before we actually reached the main museum hall. ketukmeje

Another hour?

Sure or nooooot?

Saturday crowd

Queuing continued inside and as you can see, we weren't the only restless ones.

Crowded house

Along the way to the main entrance of the museum hall, there were several displays for guests to admire and snap pictures of while waiting. So that kept us occupied. By the way, this was B's third time visiting Madame Tussauds and it was my first.

Holding a wax mask!

Wax Anatomy

Pictorial Handbook

David Beckham's foot

We love you Michael! sembah

Kylie Minogue

Wax worker

Guillotine knife - off with your head!


Shirley Bassey

Finally we were in! By that time, we weren't counting the minutes any longer and braced ourselves for the crowd already inside. Everywhere I turned, people were running around with cameras and there was non-stop clicking and flash bursts all around! Smiley

Despite my initial fear of not being able to take photos with my favourite stars due to the massive crowd, B and I managed pretty well. Holding a camera each, we took turns taking pictures of each other and I think we covered almost all of the wax figures!

The first star we 'met' was none other than the ultra hot Zac Efron! Even in wax, he looks good!

Zac Efron

Mariuca & Zac Efron

B was happy to meet Zac Efron again. Remember his interview with Zac Efron during the actor's High School Musical Days? Smiley

B and Zac Efron

Not a Harry Potter fan but what the hey! ihikhik

Patrick Stewart

B meets Captain Jean-Luc Picard

32 photos so far in this post so I will end our museum visit here for now. Next European Escapade will take you through the next hour of us visiting Madam Tussauds, wait for it! Smiley

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


gagay,  March 03, 2011 5:32 AM

first chop! :-P :-P :-P :-P

gagay,  March 03, 2011 5:33 AM

morning GP!

gagay,  March 03, 2011 5:33 AM

ill be mandi first! ;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:02 AM

am back GP! :-P :-P :-P :-P

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:02 AM

done mandi edi! ;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:08 AM

WHAT DA!why so crowded? =-O =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:09 AM

more than an hour waiting toooo? OMG! =-O =-O =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:09 AM

LOL! Patrick Stewart looking like Tito B in the first photo..the one which u'r holding the arms..hahah..i really thought he is!LOL! =-X =-X =-X =-X

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:10 AM

btw,i diden know Martin is from Germany.. :D just thought US..heheh ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:10 AM

great photos here.. ;) ;) ;) ;) u really had d greatest vacay! ;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:12 AM

;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:14 AM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:15 AM

morning..i just woke up!! =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  March 03, 2011 6:17 AM

sure or noooot ur next vacay will be Berlin? :-D :-D :-D :-D

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:32 AM

oh my look at the crowd! :-E :-E :-E

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:34 AM

i want David Beckham's foot hahaha :-P :-P

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:37 AM

lol @ Not a Harry Potter fan... :-D :-D

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:41 AM

love those pics Mariuca! eh only 32 pics? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica,  March 03, 2011 6:42 AM

lol GG! Patrick Stewart looking like Tito B??? =-O =-O =-O

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:48 AM

waaaahh more more!! haha

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:49 AM

wow what a huge crowd

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:51 AM

visiting Madame Tussauds museum is my ultimate dream...honestly

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:53 AM

who is the man in wheelchair??

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:56 AM

wow Shirley Bassey at her finest figure...
so Zac id there... where's Vanessa?
♪♪We're all in these together!!
And it shows
When we stand
Hand in hand
Make our dreams come true♫♫ ;) ;) ;)

bluedreamer27,  March 03, 2011 6:58 AM

enjoyed the pics Marzie..

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:11 AM

:* :* :*

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:11 AM

morning dearie! 8-) 8-)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:12 AM

yay! fnally EE post!! woot woot!! =-O =-O

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:13 AM

the guy in the picture with the caption " Welcome to Madame Tussauds" looks like a vampire!! =-X =-X =-X

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:16 AM

ohno! have to queue for so long?! =-O =-O but i guess it doesnt matter as long as with ur B right??? :-D :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:19 AM

so nice!! can meet celebrities!! i also want!! :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  March 03, 2011 9:31 AM

enjoy looking at those pictures dearie! especially Zac and Harry Porter!!! :-P :-P :-P

* Michael *,  March 03, 2011 9:35 AM

Wow, nice post! :* :* :*

* Michael *,  March 03, 2011 9:36 AM

You took so many photos with celebrity. Some are very real but some are not so but you look good in every photo! :) :-P

tekkaus,  March 03, 2011 10:19 AM

So this is the place people are dying to...and be.. :p

tekkaus,  March 03, 2011 10:20 AM

Tak boleh tahan. Had to wait for 60 minutes just to go inside and look at wax? :p

tekkaus,  March 03, 2011 10:20 AM

I can see that the place is really, really damn crowded huh. Like a highway stuffed with cars on a bumper to bumper ride. :p

tekkaus,  March 03, 2011 10:21 AM

On a lighter note, you get to see Zac Efron right? Then again he looked so fake... :/ I think Patrick Steward looked so real. :D

Fida Abbott,  March 04, 2011 1:43 AM

Thank you for sharing those wonderful and adventure photos with us. :)

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:23 PM

:-P :-P :-P :-P GG FC1!

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:24 PM

:* :* :* Monica FC2!

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:24 PM

And BD FC3! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:24 PM

Thanks for the EE chop, happy weekend! :* :*

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:28 PM

LOL Tito B sad u said Patrick Stewart looks like him GG ahahahahahaha!! =-O =-O =-X =-X =-X

Mariuca,  March 05, 2011 4:28 PM

Dat's why la Mon hahahaha! =-O =-O =-O

Life Ramblings,  March 05, 2011 9:04 PM

finally, Madame Tussauds in the house. this is the post i've been waiting for.

Life Ramblings,  March 05, 2011 9:06 PM

wow, i'm so jeles of you. you're so fortunate to be able to take so many photos despite the massive crowd.

Life Ramblings,  March 05, 2011 9:07 PM

i can't imagine being there. i think i would have clicked my camera like a mad panda.

Life Ramblings,  March 05, 2011 9:08 PM

thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences Marzie. will wait for your another series of photos.

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:16 AM

Morning GG!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:16 AM

Mandi at 533AM? Yikes! =-X =-X

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:17 AM

Thanks for coming back GG! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:17 AM

Cold or hot mandi GG? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:18 AM

That's why I was very worried and skeptical before visiting MT GG, reviews did say massive crowd! :-E :-E :-E :-E

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:19 AM

Ha ha what to do GG? If wan to visit stars, must suffer first lol! :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:21 AM

Patrick Stewart looks like Tito B it seems, tsk tsk tsk ha hahaha! =-X =-X =-X

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:23 AM

Yeah Martin is from Germany, he was living here in M'sia for a bit and then went back to Germany last yr I believe... :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:23 AM

Why not GG? I surely won't turn down Berlin if given a chance to visit one day! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:24 AM

Glad u love my photos cutie pie and yeah we did have the most wonderful time last vacay! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:24 AM

:* :* :* :* Thanks GG!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:25 AM

Morning Monica! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:25 AM

:-E :-E :-E Yowzaa right? Every day is crowded it seems Mon!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:29 AM

Happily touching DB's foot it seems ha ha, yay for hensem DB! =-O =-O :-[ :-[ ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:30 AM

Ha ha yeah can do without HP but since he was there too, might as well take pics la LOL! ;) ;) :-P

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:33 AM

32 pics for this post only Mon, got second part of MT... and maybe third? ha ha.. so many pics must break down into few posts... :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:35 AM

Ha ha more coming up BD! ;) ;)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:36 AM

And we arrived quite early too BD, before noon.. and the crowd was already huge! :-P :-P :-E :-E

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:37 AM

Really BD?? Then I hope ur ultimate dream comes true one day, good luck! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:38 AM

Oh no BD, I was hoping nobody would ask me that cause I oso not sure who's the man in wheelchair!!! That's why no caption for that photo LMAO! =-X =-X :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:40 AM

LOL love dis comment BD, and only Zac was in the house ha ha no Vanessa that day!! :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:40 AM

Yay, happy u enjoyed the pics BD, thanks so much for checking oout my EE post! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:41 AM

:* :* :* Caroline!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:42 AM

Morning sweetie! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:43 AM

Woot once a week EE post it seems ha ha! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:44 AM

Ha ha yeah he does, basically he just sits there to usher the guests and to keep us entertained while waiting, u scared of this vampire small girl? Ha ha ha aha.... :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:44 AM

Yeah, had to suffer and queue cause really wanted to see what the hype is all about kan? :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:45 AM

Yeah that was the best part Caroline, can take pics with celebs yay! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:45 AM

Oh u a Harry Potter fan, Caroline? Yay glad u loved the pics too, thanks for coming by my EE post sweetie! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:46 AM

Michael, thanks so much! I haven't been dropping EC or bloghopping much lately Michael huhuhuhuhu :'( :'( :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:48 AM

Agree some of the wax figures are really great and real, others not so much and thanks Michael, glad u too enjoyed my pics! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:49 AM

Ha ha this is it Tekkaus! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:51 AM

Yeah but actually not so bad la Tekkaus cause got things to admire and see while waiting so the wait was quite tolerable, esp if u have a friend with you to keep u company... :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:52 AM

Yes, very crowded outside and inside! So u really have to jaga ur stuff so tak hilang and u gotta be tough and hold ur stand to make sure u don't get pushed around.. he he... :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:54 AM

I have to say Zac doesn't look so real but he was of course a must-take picture ha ha! And there was a long queue too to take his pic! Yeah, Patrick Stewart looks great! 8-) 8-) :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:55 AM

Hi Fida, thanks so much for visiting my EE post and happy to share the pics with you too, yay! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:55 AM

LOL so cute LR ha ha ah, more Madame Tussauds pics later LR! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:57 AM

I was so happy we managed to take all the pics LR hahahahaha before that I was really worried thinking abt the massive crowd and all the pushing, but it turned out great and we came home happy with all our pics YAY! :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:59 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha I'm sure you too would have been clicking away like a mad panda LR, u and ur big-ass cam hahaha, u must go one day sweetie!! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 2:59 AM

Youo're so welcome LR and thank YOU for coming by my EE post, hugs! :* :* :*

LadyJava,  March 06, 2011 10:57 AM

what they hey.. close to 1.5hrs waiting? no joke eh? A wont have patience for that for sure!

LadyJava,  March 06, 2011 10:58 AM

but am sure once inside.. all that wait is forgotten right?

LadyJava,  March 06, 2011 10:58 AM

on no I see HP!!!!

LadyJava,  March 06, 2011 10:58 AM

awesome post dearie... kaching!!!

LadyJava,  March 06, 2011 11:00 AM

eh so scary lah that Guillotine picture.. off with your head!!

Bill,  March 06, 2011 11:26 AM

Wow such a long wait but it looks like you took a lot of great pics . I like the one of Patrick Stewart. Great post mi amiga thanks for sharing :*

Scotty's Princess,  March 06, 2011 11:41 AM

Lovely pics, Sweetie! You and B sure had a blast. It showed up in all your smiles :-)

BTW, Sweetie. I have a favor to ask. Since two of my blogs are in Wordpress, I want to see your beautiful face everytime you leave a comment ;-) I was going over my commenter's list and I've noticed you don't have a gravatar like the one you have at JS Kit. May I ask if it's possible for you to register yourself at Gravatar with an image that is tied in with the usual email address that you always use when leaving comments at Blogs. Please hurry over to with any image of your choice that measures 80 x 80 px to be uploaded at Gravatar's website for universal registration of your personal Gravatar. I will appreciate it very much, Sweetie.

Thanks so much!

Have a lovely Sunday!

talrasha2007,  March 08, 2011 5:46 AM

Morning, panjang giler oppss bijak sana kena beratur. Ramai betul orang. Hehe. Best tu, Yang Rizal pernah pergi kat Hong Kong, tapi pergi masa tu tak ramai orang. So apalagas.. abaden laaa pergi ambil gambar semua. Snap snap snap habis habisan. Hahaha

talrasha2007,  March 08, 2011 5:50 AM

Guilotine pic? How come gambar B tak dak? B sempat lari yer sebelum kena chop of. Hehe :-D :-D

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:48 PM

Wow! So long queue!!!

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:50 PM

Must queue for more than one hour? =-O

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:50 PM

I hate queues!!!

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:52 PM

I wonder which Mdm Tussauds no need to queue so long? Must go that one! Haha!!

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:53 PM

Eh, those wax figures follow the real height of the stars right? All so tall!

foongpc,  March 08, 2011 3:54 PM

Looking forward to your next post on Madame Tussauds!!

ayie,  March 15, 2011 2:20 PM

what a fun day!

ayie,  March 15, 2011 2:21 PM

i wonder when can we go to europe too!

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