Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oxford Day Trip

This is probably the place I frequented most after I moved into Aylesbury roughly 8 months ago. It is a value for money day out as the bus fare is only 5.50 return and the journey a little over an hour.

Oxford is the home to the oldest English speaking University that is now over 800 years old. Imagine the amount of scholars or graduates that has walked through the cities as students and then went on to the change the world or achieve greater heights. Click here for a list of famous Oxonians.

I decided to be a tourist today and here are some of the snap shots I took of the attractions in Oxford.

Carfax Tower
Carfax Tower- The centre of Oxford City

Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library

University Museum of Natural History
University Museum Of Natural History - My Favourite!

The Museum Of Natural History was my favourite as it houses a large collection of Dinosaur bones. Anything with Dinosaurs are sure winners!

University Museum of Natural History

University Museum of Natural History

Radcliffe Camera
Radcliffe Camera - It houses the Radcliffe Science Library.

Museum Of Oxford
Museum Of Oxford

There are several operators that run hourly buses/luxury coach between Oxford and London such as OxfordTube.

Visit the official tourist site to download a printable map or discover more details before your trip!

I was also sad to find out that one of my favourite Oxford attraction, The Oxford Story has closed down in 2007. It was an animated ride that tells you the rich history of Oxford. Apparently, it was too expensive to refurbished. Sad...

Oh well, I am once again glad that I took a day out exploring as it would have been a great waste as the weather was near perfection.

Till my next day trip... take care!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Birmingham Day Trip

Today, I decided to reward myself with a day trip up to Birmingham from Aylesbury. (Chiltern Railways operate trains from London Marylebone, From Aylesbury, you have to switch in Princes Risborough) I took the train and although the journey took two hours each way. I figured I could catch up with my reading on board the train which I
have indeed. Built to last by Jim Collins completed during the trip. I read Good To Great last time as the organisation that I use to work for almost used it as a bible.

Well, I arrived at Moor Street station and begin my adventure at the Bull Ring shopping center. This is where the tourist center is located at. Equiped with the map I got from here, I started roaming freely.

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Birmingham Cathedral

I headed first to the cathedral and then followed by Victoria Square. The open space was grand. As the sun was up, there were crowds of people lazing around and soaking up the rays.

Victoria Square

Just a stone throw away is the library, museum and art gallery. All free to enter. The museum and gallery had a pretty impressive collection. This are two of my favourite sculptures I discovered. See the contrasts?

St Lucifer

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Well, after the museum, I took a stroll to the markets. It is basically a combination of open air and a few huge airplane hangars with a variety of stalls selling almost everything.

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Birmingham Market

Also nearby is the chinese quarters, the local chinatown.

Chinese Quarters

Birmingham as a city has a lot to offer. I wouldn't mind living here.

I did not visit the jewellery quarters or the canals. I plan to cover those upon my return here to visit Cadbury World.

For more information and maps, visit their official tourism website.

Well, that's all for now. Till my next post. Take care.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hell Fire Caves High Wycombe

A day trip to High Wycombe by train to visit Hell Fire Caves. I was told about this location by a colleague when I first arrived to Aylesbury as a nearby tourist attraction.

The man made chalk caves were indeed unique and have loads of tales and myths. It is a collection of interconnected caves and chambers.

Hell Fire Cave
The Entrance


The tourist attraction was made famous by the recordings of two ghost hunting shows as there are two resident ghosts here. The most famous one is Suki, the female bride ghost. Benjamin Franklin was also believed to have come here when he was a child.

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After the caves, we took a hike up the hill where the Church Of St Lawrence and The Dashwood Mausoleum (pic above) was. Due to its hill top location, it was visible during my train ride here.

I would recommend this as a good day out but make sure you have other activities planned such as a visit to the town center or this trip can be quickly over. I visited using the 2 for 1 voucher from Network Rail which reduced the entry price to 2.50 per person.

For more information, visit their official website.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New VelocitySpark.net Website

VelocitySpark.net Logo
The site is finally up and in a presentable state. Took me two weekends because I wanted to make sure the site is running on Wordpress. I experimented on Joomla a while ago but I am more familiar with Wordpress. Visit the page now at http://www.velocityspark.net and let me know what you think. I still have bigger plans for the site but it will need to be parked aside until I complete the revamp of my other pages including my personal blog. I will be off to Dublin in the next two days. Till next post, take care guys.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Number One Enemy - Daisy Dares

Alice in wonderland inspired video clip. Quite a catchy pop tune... Enjoy your weekend peeps!