Friday, 7 August 2009

The River Thames, London

I went on a boat trip on the River Thames yesterday with my friend Eve and these are some of the sights we saw.

This is the Houses of Parliament and St Stephens Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben. Which actually is the name of the bell inside the tower, and Westminster Bridge, taken from the opposite bank just before we went on a river cruise.

Canary Wharf in Docklands, now the financial district of London and where my eldest son works, although exactly where I haven't a clue!

The Maritime Museum at Greenwich, you can just make out the Observatory on the hill, where the Greenwich Meridian is and where time is measured.

The O2 building, formerly the Millennium dome, now making money as a concert venue. Michael Jackson should have played there.

The Thames Barrier, these domes have connecting underwater barriers that can be lifted to stop very high tides going up the Thames to so prevent flooding.

On last on the way back when the sun had gone for the day, the Tower Bridge. The very top is now reopened as a walkway as it's now being glassed in. It had to be closed to the public for years as it was such a suicide venue.

More words tomorrow, as I've had a magical time, but got up at 4am and now need a nap.


Gin said...

Beautiful pics. I would say a nap is in order! Enjoy!

Merry ME said...

Thanks for this virtual tour. So much beauty and history in one place.

Sweet dreams.

Paula said...

Oh, that brings back so many great memories. Thanks, hope you enjoy your nap

Angela Recada said...

I've read your last two posts, as well, and am now all caught up again.
Thanks for sharing the lovely pics. London is another place I'd love to visit someday.

I hope you enjoyed your nap. What a treat that is!

Pam said...

Sounds like you are having a great time! Thanks for the pics. When I was a toddler I would dream of sailing under the Tower Bridge. I kept telling my parents "I dreamt about the bridge again" - they had no idea what I was talking about.Of course it was much later that I recognized it. Spooky!!

Mel said...

Ohhhhh himself and I went there--did that. And it was a lovely adventure.
Thank you--truly.
That made my evening.
I think I'll go locate photos and daydream a bit now.

Lucky youse guys!

Angela said...

I wish you a beautiful time! Looks like you have it! Only a month till you come here, Mandy. And what a change it will be!

karen said...

Lovely photos - I do love the sights of London! Hope you caught up on some well deserved sleep x

lakeviewer said...

Yes, you have earned a rest. Thanks for a different view of London.

nitebyrd said...

Thank you so much for sharing those pictures! I just love to see places I want to visit and you always give your "cybertours" such a personal touch.

Greenwich pedant said...

Nice photos... But that's the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, not the National Maritime museum...