This is my 6th foreign country visit.
Fortunately due to some office project work my another dream comes true
to visit England, the country which ruled India more than a Century.
It's an opportunity to see the people & their work culture who
managed to control our country as well some other country too!.
Actually it was good opts to visit UK instead
of sweating in the summer of India. I arrived on 21st May Saturday 2005
at Manchester Airport by Emirates via Dubai. It was first time I landup
into Dubai for short time of 2 & half hour break. I am not counting
Dubai visit as one of the country visit among the 6, I mentioned above.
When I landup at Manchester airport, it was raining. It gave me a feel
of Monsoon in India. My destination was Liverpool. So I traveled to
Liverpool, which is west coast of the England within 1 hr. by taxi
costing 65£. Which was a fare indication of how's the leaving standard
of UK. The taxi driver was Pakistani. That travel time passed away by
chit chatting about the culture & government of this country.
I will keep on adding my experiences henceforth
in this article as & when any new visit/tour date wise.
Liverpool's Pier Head received World Heritage Site status
from UNESCO in 2004. Visitors will pour into Liverpool to explore its
magnificent cultural heritage. Culture and the arts have always been
important to the city: its musical impact on the world has been unique;
its writers, actors and artists have been pre-eminent; its architecture
has been widely imitated; its art collections world-class and its
sporting prowess has been legendary.
For more information on Liverpool's World Heritage Site status visit www.liverpoolworldheritage.com.
24th May 2005
It was the Liverpool's day when Liverpool won the European football Cup
against AC Milan. We were told by our London Office not to go out to
avoid hurricane. since if Liverpool lose they may get wild and disturb
the entire City. We thought of we can handle the crowd in such scenario
as well & stay at the City Center to see the match along with the
crowd who were in complete preparation from racks of Beers / Wine,
music etc. I haven't ever saw such enthusiasm even in the Indian
cricket fans too against its greatest rival Pakistan. After some time
we thought of better to stay home and watch on the TV. We went to our
office members hotel room. Fortunately Liverpool won the match. Entire
Liverpool started lightening all over as the crowd cheers flags etc.
etc. Same thing continued till next day each and every Individual
wished each other to express their happiness. Even I myself
congratulated my Taxi driver by which I traveled to my hotel which was
at Albert Doc (Premier Travel Inn). I opted to take Taxi to avoid the
nasty crowd. I wished everybody while passing through the City crowd
whoever bangs on the Taxi, you must be knowing why????????
Next day entire Liverpool came in the Center to welcome their Lad. It
was great. One doesn't required any further proof to say how football
is famous here in Liverpool.
3rd July 2005
Awesome walls at Liverpool
One of the best wall I ever seen in my
climbing life span. Anyone who enters the Albans Church converted into
indoor climbing wall church definitely would like to climb either any
one of the route. Plenty of routes for practice with various grading
put up on each wall. It's worth spending £6.50 per day. I love to spend
all my weekends for the climbing practice here. The place is very near
from my house just 20min walk. More details about wall, please click here
16th July 2005
World Museum Liverpool
One of free entry museum out of the seven in Liverpool is World Museum.
Five storied heritage building hosting all different types of
collection from the world. Except the aquarium all things are in the
form of exhibits. Worth spending 2-3 hrs.
17th July 2005
Chester: A historic city. One can easily guess
when you are in the City center. Chester Cathedral 1000 yr. old back to
the time of Saxon. Also having a racecourse of olden time.
Chester Zoo: One of the second largest zoo in
UK. It was founded by George Mottershead in 1930. Good collections of
500 species from various part of the world. Plenty of space
to accommodate all animal keeping in their natural habitat(supposed to
be). My nature conservation savvy mind always worried about these
animals. Because at some point of time those animals will loose their
habits since they are kept in such places where hundreds of human being
visit such places might be its a crowded place for animal. The other
side is same people for example had killed major carnivorous animals in
India when India was ruled by Britishers and now they are trying to
save those extinct animals.
Anyway one can definitely opt for the day outing as weekend plan, its
worth spending £14.50 to and fro (Liverpool to Beach) including zoo
entry fee to avoid big weekend queue. This was my 5th zoo visit out of
India. I am very much interested to see how these
28 - 30 May 2005
Our entire team was Vishal, Prabhu, Prem, Uma,
Yoga, Srikanth, Abhijit & me
On 27th May 2005 Friday night we traveled from Liverpool to
Victoria/London by road with National Express Bus service. It took 6
hrs via Birmingham.
It was a sunny day. After refreshing in two
hours we went to London tour using The 'Original Bus' service tour
costing 16£ each. We were 8 all together. Before start of the tour we
spent some time at Bakingham Palace for 2 hrs. Unfortunately we could
not see the Change of Guard ceremony but fortunately we saw something
more than this. There was a practice parade organinsed in view of the
Queens Birthday(4th June). We did lots of photography with those red
colour dressed guards. It's quite different scene altogether for me
watching security guards marching with the rhythm of band. It was a
perfect start though we spend more time out here.
we Visited Trafalgar Square, St. Paul
Cathedral, 330 steps tower Monument(which was build in the memory of
London fire happened in the past), Famous London Bridge, London Eye
build by the British Air force. The London eye is one of modern tourist
attraction. It's a giant wheel with 32 oval shape carrying huts. Each
one can accommodate around 20 people at a time. Two members of our team
left us in the evening since they wanted to go some other place. We had
dinner in the Indian Restaurant. One can find this place is somewhat
homely as compare to other country since so many Indians everywhere.
29th May 05
30th May 05
After Breakfast visited Greenwich by ferryboat took almost 1 hr. &
then 30 minutes walk to the high point where the Greenwich observatory
built up. It took more than half day. Then visited Oxford Street for
window Shopping of Electronics goods like Laptop, Camera, Video Camera
Visited 'West Minister Abbey' & then to
Madam Tussaud. All great people wax model has been created and put up
for the show at this place. I wonder how much efforts the creator has
taken to made such, almost duplicate of those famous people. Add-on to
this the entry fee of £22 each also shows how costly the place to
visit. Anyway we spent most of Camera time to click
Photographs with various famous personalities like Amitabh Bacchan,
Mahatma Gandhi, Aishwarya Rai, Hitler, Bush etc. I found that very few
interested to take photograph with Saddam except our fellow member
Premgopal. Our another fellow member Yoga took only photograph with
In the evening we return
back to home by road with tired legs but rejuvenating memories. The
highway London to Liverpool, I found it similar like Frankfurt to
Interlaken (Swiss) experience. It was my first weekend of UK.
1st Oct 05
For some of my office work, I happened to be landup in the some what
south end of the UK near Brighton a place called Horsham. A very remote
city devloped by the Insurance, IT companies. Nothing is famous about
the place. Out of all my other visits in UK, this place seems to be
very remote like an Village. Once in the Afternoon I was standing in
the house varandha and unique surprise to me a fox ran in front of me
towards the dense tree area near by. This is first time I saw a wild
animal in UK in the open. Thats one of the good experience. Any further
surprise will keep on adding till my visit here in Horsham.