學英文後,該出國走走了|我的英國之旅

Time to Go Away after My English Learning

My  UK  Trip,  a precious experience, Hsu


晚上大概 8:30,我們到達了活動地點,現場已經塞了很多人了,我們跟著超長的排隊人群通過安全檢查。愈往裡面走,人又更擁擠,光想擠進藍色區域,我們就覺得快沒體力。人們看起來很開心很興奮,臉上掛著大大的笑容,舉著啤酒瓶或者飲料,跟著他們的友人交談著。隨著跨年到數的時間越來越近,人們越來越嗨。

 

但這晚會跟我們的想像中的有點不同,因為我在電視上看到的幾次台北 101 跨年節目裡,會有許多著名的歌手被邀請到現場演唱,慶祝這年度最熱門的活動,我感覺 101 不只是跨年,而且還是個盛大的演唱會!但在倫敦煙火活動,並沒有歌手唱歌,我們只是站著聽著 DJ 在活動開始前播放的歌曲,所以在等待的時間裡,我們有點無聊。
 


We arrived at the event place about 8:30 P.M. We followed long, long queues through the checkpoint. There had been full of people around there. And as we got closer to the place, it got more and more crowded. It really exhausted us to walk through the crowed. The people looked so happy and excited. They held beer bottles or drinks and talked to their friends with big smiles. The people were getting higher and higher when the time was getting close.

 

However, it was a bit different to our imagination while we were waiting for the event. I’d seen the New Year’s Eve show in Taipei 101 on TV several times. There were many famous singers who were invited to sing popular songs to celebrate the hottest event in the year. It was not just an event, but also a big music concert! But at London Fireworks, there was no singer singing. We just stood and listened to the songs which DJ played until the event started. So it was a bit boring for us in the waiting time.
 

旅遊景點


倫敦跨年煙火是世界聞名的,也是我們選擇來英國的主要原因。我們對這個盛大的慶祝感到非常興奮,而且這肯定是個盛大而瘋狂的跨年晚會和非常美好的夜晚。倫敦煙火一開放預訂,我們在台灣就很快就訂了入場票,而且我們特別選擇了藍色區域,因為它被認為是觀賞煙火的最佳位置。
 

Tourist attraction

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks are known to the world. And they were the main reason we chose to visit UK. We were rather excited about this biggest event and we thought it was going be to an awesome night and it would be a big, crazy party. We booked the tickets of London Fireworks very quickly when they were allowed to be booked. And we especially chose the blue area because it was said to be the best position to watch the Fireworks.

London Eye Fireworks- Blue Area 藍區現場

When the countdown started, everyone was more and more excited. We followed the DJ to countdown and all of the people held their cell phones high as they could take the best moment of Fireworks. Then the lights of London Eye were staring to shine. The most fabulous moment was coming! Spectacular fireworks began to bloom. The sky was full of the fireworks in front of us, the lights of London Eye were changing and the bell of Big Ben was ringing. That was an incredible visual festival. It was truly wroth coming here to see!

London Eye Fireworks 2017  xo  現場煙火綻放

當倒數計時開始時,每個人越來越興奮。我們跟著 DJ 倒數計時,所有的人都舉高了手機,捕捉著這絢麗的煙火。倫敦眼閃耀著光,這絢麗的時刻要來了!壯觀的煙花開始綻放~~  我們眼前的天空充滿了美麗的煙花、變化不同顏色的倫敦眼摩天輪,英國大笨鐘傳來敲鐘聲......。這真是一場令人難以置信的視覺盛會。真的值得來此一遊!

London Eye Fireworks 2017  xo  跨年煙火倒數計時 影片

We were very interested in European architecture because of its amazing structure, especially Gothic architecture. Besides enjoying the beautiful buildings on the streets, we also visited two historic places, Westminster Abbey, a 700-year-old Gothic building, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Baroque style building. These two cathedrals were just gorgeous. The architecture styles were totally different! Solemn atmosphere, incredible mural paintings and marvelous stained glass, I had no words to tell you how I felt when I was walking inside. The silence filled the whole area, we only could hear the priest speaking at the ceremony. You could see the strong belief on the believers’ faces. We didn’t believe the same religion though, we still could feel their pious power.

我們對歐洲建築很感興趣,它結構真的很令人著迷,特別是歌德式建築。除了享受英國街道上美麗的建築,我們還參觀了兩個歷史悠久的地方:


「威斯敏斯特修道院」700年歷史的歌德式建築
「聖保羅大教堂」巴洛克式建築

這兩座大教堂非常華麗,建築風格完全不同!神聖的氣氛、令人稱奇的壁畫和精緻作工的玻璃......,走在裡面時,我真的沒有辦法告訴你那是什麼感覺了!整個教堂內的一片寂靜,配上牧師在儀式上的說話聲,你可以看到信徒們臉上那股堅定信念。我們不是那個宗教,卻仍然可以感受到那股虔誠的力量。

Westminster Abbey

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Westminster Abbey

St. Paul’s Cathedral

我們特地去逛了倫敦的二個熱鬧的市場:

柯芬花園 和 波羅市場

 

我們抵達科芬花園時下雨,雖然天氣不好,卻仍然滿滿的遊客。我們站在室內廣場看街頭秀,表演者很認真的表演著,引起人們的歡呼,當下的氣氛真的很棒。然後,我們在人群中擠進蘋果市場,買一些要送家人和朋友的紀念品,可以看到攤位桌上隨意擺放著特殊的手工飾品和家居裝飾品。當我們逛到每個攤位,這些很酷的小販會抬頭看看我們,但沒說什麼,又低頭繼續專心做他們的手工藝。

 

波羅市場是個新鮮食品市場,有來自英國各地的新鮮水果、蔬菜、乳酪和麵包等。小販們會告訴消費者他們的理念、以及製作食物的方式,你會清楚知道你吃下肚的東西是什麼。我和我妹在每個攤位慢慢逛著,看他們的生鮮產品。一切都看起來很好吃!各式各樣的食物圍繞我們,確實讓我們感到頭暈,特別是乳酪。如果你喜歡乳酪,這你可不能錯過!

My sister and I especially planned to visit Covent Garden and Borough Market because they were two lively markets in London. We arrived at Covent Garden on a rainy day. Although the weather was bad, it was still filled with tourists. We stood in the indoor plaza to watch the street shows. The performers were quite serious to present themselves to cheer people up. It was easy to be touched by the atmosphere. And then we walked through a crowd at Apple Market to pick up some souvenirs for our family and friends. There were some special hand-made accessories and home decorations which were placed on the tables randomly. When we came to some vendors’ tables, they looked up at us, but they didn’t say anything and then they kept focusing on their work. The vendors were quite cool. Borough Market was a fresh food market. Producers brought their fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese or bread, etc., from different places in the UK to the market. The stall owners would tell the shoppers about their ideas and how they produced it, and you would know what you ate. My sister and I strolled over every stall and looked at their produces. Everything looked so delicious! So many different foods around us and they really made us feel dizzy, especially cheese. If you loved cheese, you couldn’t miss it.

Edinburgh  愛丁堡

Everywhere is traces of history in Edinburgh, no matter in Old Town or New Town. We didn’t do too many activities on purpose because the city itself was the biggest attraction. Edinburgh Castle stood on the great rock, medieval buildings and uneven flagstones were in the streets, all made us feel we were in the Middle Ages. As we were in Edinburgh, we were the part of its history. So we just strolled in streets and experienced the life in Edinburgh.

I like to go jogging or to the gym, but I rarely did outdoor activities before. However, I wanted to do something differently, I planned to go hiking in Arthur’s Seat. That was a new try for me. Firstly, we had light footsteps to the entrance of Arthur’s Seat. We chose one of the paths to the top, and we found we made a mistake afterward. It was the most difficult path to the top…… My sister and I climbed the mountain with our hands and legs! But the scenery on the top was incredible! You could see the whole Edinburgh city views. No wonder people love to climb it. It was very worth doing it. But there was a shame, my sister and I both fell down while we were going down the mountain. We both got muddy red clay with our new clothes, and it really made us mad! In spite of the dirty clothes, it was the most special memory in UK for us.

Edinburgh  愛丁堡

愛丁堡:不論新城或舊城,在在都充滿了歷史味道

我們在愛丁堡沒有做什麼活動,因為這個城市本身就是最大的吸引力。愛丁堡城堡佇立在壯觀的岩石上、街道是中世紀的建築和各式各樣的石碑.........  在在都讓我們感到自己就處在中世紀,當我們走在愛丁堡,我們就成為了它歷史的一部分,我們只想在街上走著,體驗在愛丁堡的一切。

平常我喜歡慢跑或去健身房,但卻很少做戶外運動。不過,這次我想做一些不同的事情,我打算到亞瑟座 (位於愛丁堡荷里路德公園的山峰) 去遠足,這對我可真是個新嘗試。首先,我們先走到亞瑟座的入口處,並選擇一條登頂的路線,後來才發現我們選到的是最困難的路線......因為到上面要用爬的!
 

但在山頂上.可以俯覽整個愛丁堡城市的景色,真是不可思議!難怪人們喜歡去爬,真的非常值得!

 

唯一遺憾的是,我們下山時都滑倒了,我們穿的新衣服都沾到泥濘的紅土,這真讓我們抓狂!儘管弄髒了衣服,卻是我們在英國最特別的記憶。

Edinburgh  愛丁堡 亞瑟座

Edinburgh  愛丁堡 亞瑟座 湖景

Edinburgh  愛丁堡市

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