An unexpected delight

Walking around London on a searingly hot day might not seem everybody’s idea of fun, but I would highly recommend walking the Thames Path. We met up with a couple of friends at Monument (which Andy and Tom decided to climb). It is a monument in the memory of the Great Fire of London. We then joined the Thames Path heading eatswards past the Tower of London and the hideous mascots from the Olympics (Mandeville and Wenlock) I lived in London for about 6 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how much the skyline changes. I came to terms with ‘The Shard’ and revisited St Katharine’s Dock where you can find so many old boats. We continued on to Wapping, a place I had never been to before and it was here that you really got a sense of what London used to be like. Traitor’s gate at the Tower always makes me shudder, but the wharfs and warehouses give you a real idea of how much trade went on. They are now beautifully converted into flats. We stopped for lunch in the oldest pub by the river ‘The Prospect of Whitby’ where Samuel Pepys and the hanging judge used to drink. Here, you can actually hear the waves as the tide comes in. There is also a gibbet hanging out over the Thames in honour of the hanging judge. Our journey ended with a trip through the Greenwich tunnel. I told Alex that when we went down in the lift and the doors opened, the river would flood in and we would have to swim through the tunnel. He seemed to be looking foward to the challenge. We could have spent a day just at Greenwich, with the Cutty Sark reclaimed from the ashes and the observatory. Tired and very happy, we caught the river bus back to Bank, resolved to do another part of the Thames Path soon.

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~ by envisioningutopia on September 16, 2012.

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