So to say, I woke up quite early to actually taking a bath (I know I’m crazy!) that 5am in the morning. It was a very nice hot bath. Well, to be honest, I can’t really sleep though because of what happened in Paris. So I woke up earlier than the boys. And get ready before wake them up.
We walk to the train station for about 25 mins. Morning freeze is the best for a walk. I love walking in the city that full of history. The alley, the smell, is something very pound to me. We walk and we talk like there is no end will again, we reached the Newcastle train station. Once again, we booked the ticket quite early and it cost us around 6£ to Edinburgh. and it was two-hour train ride. The train is waiting there at 625am. We quickly get in finding our seat as it will leave exactly at 630am. Thought of filling my empty stomach but none of the stalls are open this early. I guess i just have to forget about it and think about something else.
Edinburgh- is pronounce as Edin-bero.
We arrive at Edin around 830am. I Fall in love with Edin as quickly as falling asleep. Since it is quite early, none of the shops has open yet here too. So we took that time to going up the Carlton Hills and manage to see some of the views. Interestingly, I love how they design the city. Even the steps have Lion Statue on it, crave with dignity. I love how every detail counts in design. I could never be happier if Malaysia started this approach tho.
#TravelTips : Proud Lion can be seen at any of the main sculptures in the UK.
Let the picture do the talks here.
#TravelTips: Carlton Hill full of statues and monument, best to hike during sunrise and you can see the reflection through the monument at the picture above.
On our way went down, we noticed the sign located at the main door of this coffee shops called Pep&Fodder.. I love the coffee shops that displayed almost all the item at the counter. Amazingly has no flies and very clean.. we take order for some hot choc, carrot cake, cappuccino and sat by the window. Hot choc is nice but the cake is quite dry though.
However, my breakfast cost me £4.7.
However, I ask the counter, what are the signature meal in Edin that I should try, she said something about Turnips and whiskey sauce. It is quite difficult to understand the accents. Some googling-on-the-spot saying it’s as;
Haggis, neeps and tatties
Scotland is famous for its game and salmon, the national dish is haggis and neeps (innards and offal chopped up lungs, liver and heart) mixed with suet, onions, herbs and spices, all packed into a skin bag traditionally made of a sheep’s stomach. Haggis is often served with mashed potatoes and mashed swede or turnips. And don’t forget to serve with some mouth-watering whisky sauce! Traditionally served on Burns Night suppers as the main deal.
I would love to try it out but since it is a whiskey sauce, which contains some non-editable food that I can manage to eat, I guess I have to find another Scottish Dream food journey.
In the meantime, I decided to stroll back to the town of Edin. And it was a pleasant walk through the market and get ourself a Macaroon and some bakery at the morning market. It was nice to experience where the Scottish lady guiding me into choosing non-alcoholic macaron. I am so delighted and almost take it all. But since we were sharing the Macaron, I spent £1.7 only (Around £6/5pcs).
Few pictures later, we continued our walk, and I saw this harry potter shop that selling all HP stuff but decided to hold back for a while. But then, I am quite mad for not grabbing the batch and all the hp stuff. Harry potter born in Scotland. As for your information. Haha this is the cafe where it’s born.
Scottish people is nice. And they are not quite trendy. HNM, Topshop, Topman are everywhere. I buy some stuff for my nephews n niece and my own lil one at HNM as it has offered 60% off that day. Crazy!!!!! I bought 3 shirts and cap for my niece and nephew for onlt £6. How awesome is that? And how amazing the Mall architecture?
We kept walking till we passed by The University of Edinburgh, and National Museums of Scotland located in front of each other. This is for my opinions, the best city planning! The educational area should be surrounded by an eductaional environment. I grabed all opourtunities to visit the museum, and I love everything on display, including a try out of Scottish costume. I love it here!!!
#TravelTips: All museum in the UK is Free Of Charge. Yes you heard me right!
I love walking towards the Edinburgh Castle. I live in the moment where we were just standing at the wall, and eat our macaron with very pleasant feelings. I love that moment and it was still, clear inside my mind. Warm air breezing through my skin and when I close my eyes, I feel loved and secure.
Few hours is gone and I can’t believe how fast time flies until the reality check that We have to walk down to the city again. I passed by souvenir shops, for some Scottish ButterCookies (A must have), discounted for £1 for 4 box. I was immediately going crazy hay at the shop and spent £5 (with satisfaction) just for cookies and chocholate.
#SyiqahTravelTips: IF you fall in love with any souvenirs, just buy it. There is a chance you won’t see it again.
It’s getting late, but we manage to have some late evening lunch and Praying at the mosque. Since again, a very limited choice of halal food, we decided to go along this Arabic restaurant for some rice (For god sake so delicious) and manage to burn £11.6.
I know how time is really haunting us right now, but since every moment counts, We hang ourself out by the Princess Garden near the river and right in front of the Castle. Just to kill time though.
Sitting there, living in the dream knowing that I love this place. I must go here once again. InshaAllah.
The train depart exactly at 10 pm, as per my ticket. I was sitting facing this old English fella whose busy typing something on his laptop. I was wondering if the islamophobia things come to live- to me- that night. Told myself this would be remarkable that nobody minds my business on the train ride.
It was night time journey so basically there is nothing to see by the window. But it was a very pleasant and sufficient Night journey. Told myself numerous time that ‘You-shall-never-fell-asleep-this-is-your-once-in-a-million-year-milestone-every-moment-count’ of thing. I guess without even closing my eyes, I can know where the train stops, who’s the new one on Board and so much more.
At this moment and Time, England is hosting the Rugby World Cup. Basically, You may see all the man cheering and doing everything at every single corner of the streets, and it’s so fun to watch. I can see people boarding and enlighting the train, which causes the train almost empty when it reached Newcastle at 2am.
I was too excited. I know that someone will be my company to Edinburgh at 6am Virgin Train. It was 2 am but the liveliness of the Train station still hanging in my mind. If I am not mistaken, one of the Rugby match was held at the Newcastle stadium. Well, he is is a little bit late in picking me up even though his house is just 10 mins away (by Walking). I’ve got extra nervous waiting at the Newcastle Train Station by myself.
But walking to his house would be very funny jokes. with my stroller bag. It’s super duper autumn cold at night/morning and with drunk English man everywhere plus me wearing my hijab. Although I don’t mind, he calls a cab. So basically we reach his home around 3pm.
Unlike Malaysia, English house is like a town house, with the main door and 3-floor house normally rent with a family. His house at the 3rd floor. Although it was cold and breeze, I need to take a bath. I really do. And there is hot shower (YAY!!!).
It was nice to be served by Salmon Aglio Olio that early morning. I ate few plates with a very pleasant feeling before heading to his bedroom with a gentle reminder to wake up at 530am, although there are just a few hours left.
We say goodbye before heading to bed. I was scared of not waking up the next day. but, well, not just that. a very good gentleman sleeping at the living room and before I know, I was falling into a deep sleep with a wonderful dream.
Ops, no picture this time. Because there is nothing much to see at night.
How to love anymore after the bad nightmare in Paris. I don’t have the courage to smile at all. I borrowed my friend money to top up my expenses in London. Not to mention I missed the Eurostar Train at 11.15am because of the longgggg queue at the Immigration. I was worried but I’ll go whatever this time. I couldn’t think. Thank God is helping us (the leftovers) that Eurostar Train gave us penalty tickets.
Via Eurostar, I have the opportunity to see the countryside of Paris. It was a very simple village. Farms. cows and green field all over. But since last night, I kept thinking of the lost money and my possibility to survive, it is quite difficult to enjoy the whole scenery.
We arrived King Cross around 1445pm and it was pretty late, honestly.
I toured all London attractions and covered most of it. London cab is the cutest. The street is designed for pedestrians. The city is quite clean BUT packed. I mean too packed with tourist. Perhaps because it’s Friday.
Let the picture do the talks now.
I had to breathe in the middle of every human in the train. What’s best about the tube train is it has natural ventilation. It does not rely on the air cond. The trains move so fast that you can feel the wind in your hair.
Londoners are stylish too. Even I still can’t brain wearing heel for 5km between the blocks but, it still stylish. Wish that one day I could reach that level. I only manage to walk with heels from KLCC to Pavilion and honestly that is my best record.
I have train to catch at 10pm to Newcastle before heading to Scotland tomorrow. Pretty excited honestly. We will depart from The King Cross Station. I booked the ticket through a friend, which just cost me £15 (Using his Student Card). My ticket to Edinburgh on the next day cost me only £5. So our total Journey London-Newcastle-Edinburgh is just £20.
Fun Fact: Last minute tickets can reach up to £100. So better plan your journey.
#TravelTips : Your Train platform will open up 10 minutes before departure. There is no need to wait like I did. (I waited since 9pm then found out about it after asking the Customer service on Where is my train. Then the guy asked me to go drinks at the Pub while waiting). Your platform will be announced through the screen, so be aware and prepare to runnnn).
While waiting, I took some late night dinner bought at Mark & Spencer Simply Food. (Believe it, M&S food stores here are simply the best!!!! There is plenty of selection of bread, sandwiches, pasta is packed for ready-to-go travellers. I spent around £3 for Marcaroni cheese. What interesting is, they always have some packages which you can choose up to three item special for Lunch (Sandwiches/Pastas etc + Drinks/Carbonate Drink/Mineral Water/Juices +Chips/Chocolate Bar) for only £3!!!!! .There is also Pret and Manger (for coffee and Baguet), Patisserie Valerie (Delicious hand-made cakes, gateaux, and patisseries) also, Starbucks. I do take away Fresh Brew Coffee from Pret & Manger (£4).
One thing you need to understand is, English people eat Sandwich for lunch. They are not like us, we want rice. But I don’t mind at all. Since H favourite food is also something does not require Nasi.
Waiting is terrible. I made myself queue up at Hogwarts Station for a picture before starting to wondering around here and there. Wondering around is one thing, my bag is another thing. However, King Cross is attached to St Pancreas Station. Therefore, just go round and round.
The whole journey is Amazing. Even it was at night. The train isn’t too crowded perhaps because it was a very late night Journey.
My next mission is Edinburgh. Heard that it should be pronounced as edin-bro. But lets stop at Newcastle to visit friends.
*Notes: All photos belong to the Author and Hazie.
I arrived in Paris around midnight after a long drive. first of all, I can’t believe I am finally here. but later, Paris wasn’t even like I expected. All the classy, high class, and stylish Paris portrayed by the media is completely false. The town is dirty and full of scary people. The upper height is very nice but the ground floor.. omg It just nonsense. It smelly, rats everywhere and not even a place you can freely walk at night.
My hotel located quite far (around an hour) from the city and the driver make us turn to the tunnel tragedy of Princess Diana and Dodi Alfayyette incidents. It was a very sad year through all the world. I remember being a teen and how it gives impact to the whole nation who loves the Princess. And I was here at the tunnel, thinking If it was me that night… how tragic can it be.
Our Hotel, Apart’City Paris located nearby the farm house but the facilities is great. It has kitchen and we can cook in here. I love this tiny apartment of us. we take a break here and rest for the whole night before continued our journey the next morning.
Anyway in the morning, I am quite excited with my wool jacket hoping to be stylish but ended up looking like a bear (caused by the Jacket). However, touring Paris is fun and you can see how stylish they are. Where LV and Alexander mc queen is everywhere. The Arabs shops heavenly. I wonder why they are all so rich. I can see many branded bags was carried at both hands.
We stop by Eiffel Tower for some pictures as everyone will do it anyway and Parfume Museum.
I would suggest everyone to visit this museum. There is a lot of information you can have about perfume. Ok, just simple one, Do you know what is the most expensive flower in the world to create a fragrance?
I know but you don’t. If you want to know.. Get your butt over this museum and visit. There are also selling the best price of PARFUME! not Eu De Toilete, but PARFUME. the first ranking of fragrance i a very reasonable price. I love in here.
there goes my 20€ for 15ml Parfume- Midnight …
I am starting to get hungry and we try out this restaurant Chez Edouard, located behind the museum and Édouard VII Square, Paris, France, i think to experience this almost high-class fine dining, it worth every 25€ I have spent.
Lobster Soup + Grilled Salmon + Apple pie together with free flow orange juice.
the original appetizer should be escargot but we can’t have it thanks to Neelofa.
- Long queue at the tower, just don’t waste time going up but take a picture at the Garden instead. it worth much more.
- Souvenir and all can be easily found anywhere in the city. Up to you to compare the prices. There is this person sell 100 Eiffel tower key chain for 8€.
At the evening, we conquered the canal by boat and have this opportunity to take some pictures on the boat. It was sunny and I almost turn to a black bear.
Then we stopped by Galerie Lafayette for some shopping but I wanted more than just a shopping. I want Laduree. I stroll the map from Maps.me application and start searching the shop by myself.
I found Laduree and strolling the city with another two girlfriends but not loving the city at all. I bought the famous Laduree Macaroon 17.5€ and trying out their Croissant as recommended by Fakhitah for 2.8€ each. I am quite happy with Laduree service.
on our back to the Lafayette, I was stopped by the local people who claim their passport was lost and hoping we can help them. I pity him at first but then, he started to said he has own a hotel in Canada and so on, i wonder, If you really have a hotel, you do not need any of my help. So i just quickly said sorry and left them and being quite scared of those things.
I began to worry of my safety as the sun almost down by 740pm.
The most unimaginable things happened to me is the pick pockets where I lost 300£ and 175€. I was shivering knowing a hand in my handbag and quickly grabbed it but i am too late.
I was crying. I have no other money left anywhere. I don’t know what to do.
I’ve got to leave London the next day and this is a nightmare.
Ahhh so stress.
Notes: All photo by courtesy from Hazie Leo and some is mine.
I always wonder, sampai bila kita nak cabar mencabar each other ek?
Travel Notes: Amsterdam City and (Half) Naked women
Fighting jet lagged is the worst. I woke up around 4am local time and find that the others have trouble in sleeping too. Thanks to the WA group. Wondering on the bed was not fun. Someone has sleep soundlessly. It was 9° n the morning and I could just pray to asleep.We stay at NH Zoetemeer so it is quite far from the city centre (40mins via bus). Hotel is good and comfortable. Bath tab is a must for those who wants to feel lovey dowey with the loved ones.
But well, how about stroolling around the city and started running. Yes. Thank God for bringing my running gear. Thanks to someone for remind me.
630am far away from the sunlight I started to walk around the hotel. Its was freezing. But as soon as I got the route everything should be fine.
After almost 2 km i decided to stop. And preparing myself for today’s visit.
Visiting the dutch village is totally an eye opening where life could and should be simpler and away from the chaotic city. Here, its all about the cheese, goats, farms, wooden shoes and plenty more. The windmill is magnificent too.
After few stroop waffles and ice-cream we decided to head back to the city. Amsterdam traffic is not a joke too today. But we manage to arrive after nearly an hour. I was hungry. And there is a plenty of choice of food you could ask for. So no worries. Halal food is easy. And lovely. And only takes you 5-6€ er meal. Don’t convert to RM la darling. If not you will not survive thinking about the cost.
We decide to stroll around using the canals. Its was so so. I preferred to walk and experience myself at the city but now i can imagine people living in the boat. I heard that renting the boat parking to the gov cost you nearly 1 mil euro per month. Wow, must be rich.
Then I’m heading back to the Royal Palace Amsterdam, and De Dam square in front of madam Tussaud. Lovely scene is everywhere. Used to hear a lot about performances and art during the Medieval and Renaissance area and my mind could stop saying Alhamdulillah for every opportunity to witness it by myself today.
What is in the book are now right is at the front of my eyes.
It was fun to just walking around and stop by the souvenir shops where i get myself a snowball and keychain. The cheap one is always easy to be found. Don’t worry travelers, keep walking.
Then we stop by this nuttella shop called Mario after eyeing this wonderful churros by the window. Spend about 5€ for churros and 6€ on the chocolate waffle. There is a free WIFI at every cafe so chill out a little bit. The taste is wonderful and we decided not to waste anymore seconds and keep on walking at the streets.
The bicycle here is insane. They are too fast. It is dangerous to keep crossing by the streets. I can smell the weeds everywhere too.
Found this halal chicken on the streets of Oude Hoogstraat 29C and decided to take 2 piece for 4€ then we walk through the red light district where the sex workers claim to be respected. It is not advisable to take picture here as their guardian will just smack you on the face.
- There is a lot of Halal Food to be found as low as 3€ here so no worries. Just keep walking.
- Respect other people culture.
What funny is there is church behind the area. I really wonder their concept of making sins and go bertaubat later.. but well, every culture has its own story. I am not sure about this one .
We spend walking tour till night where the coldness attack us through the veins. I am too overjoyed looking at the scene. The town is still busy. And I can’t wait to heading to Paris tomorrow.
For now, bye Netherlands.