Thursday, October 30, 2008
This is the Giant Causeway. I can't explain how amazing it was to be there and you have to be here to experience it yourself.
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, the wind was blowing very strongly when you are crossing it. The journey up to the bridge was about 1 KM and well worth the walk.
A photo stop at Dunluce Castle.
Walking around the historic walls of Derry. This was our last stop before we head back to Belfast City.
The weather throughout the day was very wet but manageable. I was not drench and it was clear enough to take pictures.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As part of my trip in Ireland, we decided to see one of the most scenic part which was the Cliffs of Moher and unique rock formations at The Burren. We followed the locally operated tour called Paddywagon Tours which also operates a few youth hostels.
They picked us up from the Tourist center and our journey began. It took us a couple of hours to get there from Dublin.
Here are some photos courtesy of my dearest Song Yia's camera.
The Main Entrance Cleverly Form Part of a Hill
The wind was very strong yet refreshing.
No hair gel was strong enough as my hair looked like it was blow dried.
The Burren are a landscape of uniquely formed rocks believed to have been as a result of the Ice Age ending. Well, it was definately a sight to see and worth a visit if you are in Dublin!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Was here way back in August as a trip to celebrate Song Yia's birthday. We stayed near the Eifel Tower in the most romantic city in the world. We kicked off our trip with a free walking tour with New Paris Tours. This are a bunch of students which work solely on tips and I was fortunate to have joined the pioneering walk in Berlin where this group began. They now cover a few major cities in Europe and the quality of service is a good as any paid guides.
To top it all off, we got the Paris Pass which covers our entry to most paid attractions and the opportunity to cut queues.
Here are the locations I was privilleged to visit during my stay in Paris.
The ever iconic Eifel Tower
Notre Dame - We went on top but spend about an hour queueing in the morning.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Musee Grevin - The Wax Museum which was a part of the Paris Pass
The Crypt below the Notre Dame
Arc De Triomphe
The Opera House - An inspiration on how to decorate my living room. Fit for Royalty!
Musee Du Lourve - Following Dan Brown's Da Vinci Trails..
Napoleans Tomb - A bit of a self worshipper as well like me!
Moulin Rouge - Can Can!
Mona Lisa - Almost an insult not to visit her while you are in Paris
There other places in France that I would like to visit such a Lille and Nice. I have to disagree that the french are unfriendly as I was lucky not to experience anything unpleasant. Will revisit France again when I have the chance.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Dinner time last night was good with KL colleagues in the UK. Am very happy and glad to see fellow Malaysians flying the flag high abroad. And yar, I got my residence permit for Germany on my passport. Took a while but finally got there. Clap clap clap!
I have showered and all dressed up for today's outing. Will need to spend about 8 hours carrying my heavy laptop bag I brought with me as I stayed over after entering the London office. Was wearing jeans as I thought it was dressed down Friday but the policy has changed. Well, apologizing is much easier I guess.
Might be heading to Brussels the upcoming week with Switzerland to follow next. Very much looking forward to it and will somehow try to squeeze in more sights if possible (eg. Luxembourg which is about 3 hours away by train from Brussels).
Better start heading off to avoid my buddy having to wait for me. Will do a random post when I retire back to Southampton in the evening.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I came across it during a draft presentation preparation for Senior Management to introduce the Global IT Organization. It is funny and me being fortunate to work in IT can see the funny side of things and it does somehow represent how some consumers are these days.
Have a nice weekend ahead!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Belfast City was about 2-3 hours ride by train from Dublin if I recall correctly. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. Belfast saw the worst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and since their start in 1969, news of violence and disruption marred the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s image as a tourist destination. Since the 1997 cease-fire and the Good Friday agreement, however, Belfast is making up for lost time.
You can see the vast difference between two capitals in Ireland and it can stretch to the both extremes depending on where you are. This are some of the popular spots that I managed to take snap shots of.
The City Hall
Custom House - I can't exactly recall which building this is but guess it is Custom House.
The famous fish sculpture at the waterfront
Leaving my mark on the Peace Wall
One of the many Murals at Shankill Road
It is a shame that I was not that knowledgeable of the historical background of the differences that caused the conflict to split Ireland into two but thanks to this visit have a greater appreciation of the history that shaped what Ireland is today.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I woke up with a gut feel this morning that I will receive a call from the German Embassy sharing the good news that my work permit is ready and guess what! I did receive a call at about noon informing me of the good news. That is just a little over 3 weeks since I submitted my application.
There are now tons of other things I want to complete before leaving the UK for life in Germany such as terminating my flat agreement and cleaning up my apartment. Hopefully, I will be able to squeeze in a visit or two here and there.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Dublin was the first stop of my recent one week getaway from work. It was in conjunction with my birthday. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and it is certainly highly recommended a visit. The city has a population of just over half a million and like many capitals has their own river called Liffey flowing through its center.
Here are some tourist spot I managed to check out during my voyage here:
Trinity College dates back to 1592, and most of the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s historical figures studied here at one time. The Old Library holds 200,000 historical volumes. The famous Book of Kells and other treasures are shown in the Long Room.
The Book of Kells - It is a shame that you can't take picture of it. It is an amazing sight to look at the level of details this ancient book holds.
Temple Bar - The ever popular spot where the night life centers around. We stayed just next to this iconic bar.
Molly Malone Statue - I finally seen a statue of her. We stayed at a Irish pub cum hotel in Siem Reap named after this lady.
Dublin Castle - You are seeing just a bit of it.
Guiness Storehouse - The most visited place in Dublin. This is the Gravity bar where you are seeing Song Yia and me enjoying a pint of Guiness that we draught ourselves. We even got a certificate to proof it!
St Patricks Cathedral - A visit to dublin is never complete without visiting it's patron saint!
Christ Church - This is probably the oldest building as it was built in 1038.
The General Post Office - The site of the Easter Uprising
The Irish definately lived up to their reputation of being the friendliest as we were approached a countless of times by locals offering to take pictures of both of us while we were taking snap shots of each other.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The well networked transportation system can be grasped easily like many other well established cities. It is served via a mixed of tramps, busses and underground network.
Tourist Attractions that I managed to visit before calling it a day was as follow:
St Stephens Cathedral
St Peters Church
SchÃƒÂ¶nbrunn Palace - I would say the most visited place in Vienna.
Rathaus Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The City Hall
Church of St Charles Borromeo
Imperial Court Theatre
Vienna State Opera
I am sure that this will not be my last trip to Vienna and will most certainly make a trip back to this amazing and beautiful city.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I started my day on top of Castle Hill which is a listed Unesco Heritage site. I took a combination of the metro and bus to reach the top of the hill. You can take a walk from the chain bridge up to the hill top but I would only recommend it if you are really fit and have loads of time to spare unlike my schedule of squeezing a day city tour over half a day.
Here are some other places that I managed to take a snapshot of:
Holy Trinity Column Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Standing at the highest point of castle hill, this 14 meter tall monument was erected in the early 18th century as an effort to ward off plague.
Buda Castle Labyrinth Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This 1200 meter long system of caves and cellars attracts visitors with historic walls and mysterious attractions. This is also a part of the Unesco World Heritage site.
Buda Castle Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The palace contains several museums including the National Gallery, Budapest Palace Museum and Ludwig Museum of Modern Art.
Chain Bridge Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This is one of the many bridges connecting both parts of the city together.
Parliament House Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This century old government headquarters stores HungaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s greatest treasure which is the crown of St. Stephen, the first Magyar king.
St. StephenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Basilica
Hungarian State Opera House Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The beautiful state opera although covered here by banners of the latest show running was completed in 1884.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Square of Heroes
The view by night is amazing with all the main historical sites lit up. It reminded me of Paris and Rome at night with the river Danube flowing across the heart of the city separating Buda and Pest.