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My trip to London: Day 1

The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.

Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.

Terry’s Cafe

We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.

 

 

The outside of the Imperial War Museum 

After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms. From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.

It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.


My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.

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Movies galore

I’m the type of girl who tends to not go to the cinema very often, instead I tend to get a thirty day pass from our local movie rental shop and binge watch movies. I decided to talk about some movies that I have loved recently. Not all of them are ones that I got from the rental store though. Most of the movies that I will be talking about will be historical because I adore history and have a great interest in other people’s stories. There is something amazing about it when you watch a movie and go “wow, this person has gone through so much.” Below are some movies that I’ve loved recently.

The Pianist (2002):

  

The Pianist is a war time, non-fictional based story about a man called Wladyslaw Szpilman who survived World War two. Directed by Roman Polanski, this heart wrenching story is unmissable. With three Oscars and two Baftas, this movie follows the memoir of Wladyslaw who is a jewish man trying to survive the Nazis’ prosecution of Jews in Poland. With great acting and an interesting story, I love this movie. It is a very tragic movie which had me in tears for days after watching it. In the movie, it’s very easy to empathize with the characters and get attached to them. I would really recommend this movie and the book itself. Both are brilliant and very sad. I would rate this movie 5/5 gold stars.

Child 44 (2015):

  

This movie is about a  man called Leo Demidov – played by Tom Hardy – who is a disgraced member of the military police as he investigates a series of nasty child murders during the 1950’s in the middle of the Cold war, Stalin era Russia. This is a dark and brooding tale with outstanding performances by actors like Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman etc. This movie really intrigued me and made me think of how life must have been like for the Russians during the cold war.  In school, we learn more about the Americans during this time than we do about the Russians.  This movie is so good that I now plan to read the book. I would give this movie a 4/5 of gold stars due to it being a little bit slow at some parts of the movie.

The Imitation Game (2015):

  

As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan, I’m very biased towards his movies but I love this movie. Starring a brilliant cast with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (duh), Keira Knightly, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode, this movie is based on the true story of Alan Turing who is a mathematician during world war two, who is trying to break the Enigma code with the help of some mathematicians to win the war.  In this movie, I really got a “Sherlock Holmes” vibe off the character since Alan and Sherlock have some personality traits in common.  This story has an easy to follow plot, isn’t too long and is very interesting.  For all of the reasons above, I give this movie 5/5.

Theory of everything:

 

Based on the biography of Jane Wilde Hawking, this movie centers around the lives of Stephen Hawkings and Jane Wilde Hawking as they meet, fall in love and then, deal with his diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig disease as its also called. Starring Eddie Redmayne – starring as Stephen Hawkings – and Felicity Jones – starring as Jane – , this movie shows how Jane sacrifices everything for the man she loves.  Directed by James Marsh, this movie is a great way to be educated of how Stephen Hawking’s earlier life was.  Redmayne performs an outstanding performance and at times, I found myself forgetting that I was watching a movie with actors.  This movie is inspirational and very moving.  I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you for reading, much love

C!