Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lunch at Shezan, Oxford


It's time for lunch after we were done with Christchurch Cathedral. We walked  along the streets nearby trying to find a place that all or most of us could agree on. We saw a Thai restaurant, a couple of Western restaurants, some cafes and others. The winner was this Indian restaurant called Shezan. 

The place was quiet when we were there, there was only another table occupied. The service from the only waiter/manager was great. We ordered our usual orders, samosas, Gobi, some chicken in curry sauce and a couple of different naans. The food was excellent and I'd love to go back there if I ever get the chance. 






Thursday, August 29, 2013

Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford - Part 2



More pictures from around the compound of Christchurch Cathedral. It rained on and off when we were there. The weather was pleasant in general. It was a lovely place to visit.

 









Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Revisiting Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford - part 1


We were here, years ago. It was back when Harry Potter was just out and everyone was eager to see where the movie drew inspirations from and the many scenes were shot in. I guess, people's interest on the location and the significance of the cathedral itself continue to be strong. Many people were seen to visit, including school children from various places in the world.



Admission price was 8.50GBP for this Summer, I read that prices do change and the opening times are amended from time to time.




The Great Hall (below) reportedly was replicated to create Hogwart's Hall in the film studios. The Hall is often closed from 11:40 til 2:40 for lunch and we were fortunate enough to make it before the closing time. We were rushed a bit, but made it around and took some pictures inside.





Saturday, August 24, 2013

Leaving For Oxford ...


The day we decided to go to Oxford was not exactly a bright sunny day, we needed to go that day because we had other things planned on other days. We left in the morning, we walked to Paddington station from our hotel. It rained and it took us about 30 minutes to get there. We bought our two-way train tickets and they cost us £47 for the four of us. I thought it was a good price. The train ride with a couple of stops took around one hour.


It was a cool day, there were not that many people around as we walked towards the center of the city. it's the beginning of our tour around Oxford. We planned to walk around and had lunch later on.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Patara, London, Again...


Patara Restaurant is one of the few places that DH wanted us to dine it in London. He came here with Miss K and we also came here in our previous visit without the kids and we have been to the one in Singapore a few times.  DH likes the one in Maddox St. much more than the one is Singapore. 

We saw a picture of their Lobster Pad Thai on the menu and decided to give it a try. It was not as good as expected, we found Busaba's Pad Thai to be much more delicious.


The four of us also ordered two sets of their set lunch. The appetizers that we selected were Satay and Assorted Dumplings.



The main courses that we had were Cod and Green Curry Chicken, both of which came with steamed rice.



We also tried one of their desserts, I believe it was banana with ice cream. It's not too bad, but it was not too memorable too. Mission accomplished, we did it.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Goodies In Harrods...


Harrods is one of the few favorites places for us to go to when we are in London. There are many interesting stuff to look at and buy there, some of which are over-priced but the selection is wonderful. The food hall is simply the best and it is my favorite. Just looking!! Everything looks so attractive and inviting. There is so much more in the store though and these pictures do not do justice to the real things there.