Trying Out Another Daily Deal

There was a 50% off Brit Movie Tours on kgbdeals so I gave it a shot. I figured why not see where movies were shot and explore London even more than we already do.

We started at the Temple tube station and across the river you can see the building from Last Chance Harvey where Emma Thompson takes her classes. Sorry I didn’t get a pic.

Next stop was Somerset House where a million movies were filmed such as The Duchess and Sherlock Holmes.

This is Stand Station which isn’t a working tube station anymore.  It’s mostly used for shooting films such as Atonement.

Harry Potter was filmed inside the Australia House.  It was closed so we couldn’t go in but it’s Gringotts Bank.

Next stop is an all time favorite movie of mine and I’m sure you guys love it also….Bridge Jones!

It’s actually the Royal Courts of Justice. Then she runs into a bodega to get ciggs….

A couple other highlights from the tour:

Do you recognize this scene?  It’s from the Da Vinci Code at Temple Church in London.

Jude Law’s apartment from Closer.  If you watch the movie again you will notice the 4 bricks to the right of the apartment door.

Overall the tour was cute.  We walked for 3 hours and saw a lot of different areas of London that we hadn’t gone to before.  The tour guide was also great because she gave us some history of the buildings along the way.  They offer a lot of different tours so check out their website.

Climbing The Rock

You can read about our first day in Gibraltar here.

The best way to see all of the Rock of Gibraltar is to take the cable car up to the top and then explore it on foot.  At the base of the rock there are a ton of “tour guides/taxi drivers” trying to persuade you to take their tour for £70 but we did it all for £17.50 and was able to go at our own pace.

We took the cable car up the rock.

The view from the top was breath-taking.  You could see Gibraltar, La Linea, Algeciras and a bit of Morocco.

When we got off the cable car we were warned about the monkeys but we also read  this ahead of time:

Barbary Macaques (Apes)

Tourists should be aware that the Barbary macaques are wild animals and do bite. It is advisable not to feed the Barbary macaque, despite encouragement from irresponsible taxi drivers. It is illegal (hefty fines are in force) and bad for their health. Never try to pick up a baby Barbary macaque – its mother will not be happy, and neither will you. If you are bitten by a Barbary macaque, you will require hospital treatment, whilst the Barbary macaques are rabies-free they can infect you with hepatitis, they are most aggressive on the top of the rock, as the most successful animals claim the uppermost reaches of the rock, their less successful fellows being shoved down the rock and the social pecking order.

(source)

Clearly these Americans didn’t read the same article.

Other things to do on the rock are:

St. Michael’s Cave

Climbing stairs and walking miles:

Great Siege Tunnels:

The Moorish Castle:

Eventually you make it down the rock and are so tired you just sit in the square and devour chips with cheese, cheesy garlic bread and beer. Yummmm!

A great second day in Gibraltar! 

Paris On Purpose – Being A Tourist

First Post: Eiffel Tower at night

Second Post: Palace of Versailles

I came up with the perfect walking route through Paris to see most of the major sites and I want to share it with you incase you are heading there soon!

Start at the Eiffel Tower.

Climb to the top.

Cross the river. Climb up a lot of steps where the Palais de Tokyo is on your right. Walk up Avenue d’lena until you come to the Arc de Triomphe.

Walk down the Champs Elysees.

Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and hope there are actual tulips there.

Go to the Louvre.

After the Louvre walk along the river to see Notre Dame.

Then loop around to visit the Pompidou Museum.

That’s only the first day.  I’ve got another great route for the second day.

Total miles walked: 4.36 miles.  Way to go!!

Exploring London

Wendy is a fellow expat living in Notting Hill and when I first moved here I emailed her about 53892058920352 questions and she was so helpful with every single one.  She really knew London and I trusted her recommendations.

It’s quite fitting that she has just started her own company called…….

London In A Day

It’s a private tour guide company that will show you London in 6 hours or less without getting lost, using  map or getting stressed.

Check out her blog as well as her company!

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