Our London Pass had been holding us in good stead and we used it again on a river cruise on the Thames.
objective was to make it to Greenwich and see the Naval Museum
and Royal Observatory.
The photos below are what we saw.
explorers, we decided to take an alternate route to the Temple
tube stop. Our area of town, Aldwych, is filled with little
passage ways called "courts" that provide paths between
buildings. We took one of these courts that was usually
locked off at night. We found nice buildings and a well
were in bloom and pointing toward what little sun there was.
court goes through the portico under the building. The
south facing side of the building was on the Thames.
the water shuttle at Westminster and we had a clear view of the
Westminster Bridge from the loading ramp.
pushed-off the dock, we got a clear water-side view of the
were at Westminster, we also got a clear view of Parliament and
less-than-appealing thought, oncoming tug-barge combination
provides an invaluable service to the city -- trash removal.
All of London's refuse leaves town via the river on a barge.
This tug is coming upstream with empty containers. In the
background is the Jubilee Bridge.
mansion at Whitehall used to be the royal palace but "back in
the day" the Thames was an open sewer and the smell was less
than appealing. So, the royals moved inland to Buckingham,
Windsor and Kensington. The building now as government
south bank we could see new apartments being constructed.
not seen this vessel before. It appears to be a
refurbished navy vessel transformed into a bar.
is undergoing a construction boom. In the foreground is
the Millennium pedestrian bridge.
the Southwark Bridge. While the style is classical, the construction
see St. Paul's cathedral from the area near Millennium Bridge.
south bank was awash in new condos and office buildings.
in the chain of comfort for Londoners. This is the trash
loading station. Trash containers are delivered to the
station via truck and then placed on barges and shipped to Essex
further down river.
south bank we passed the HMFIC Belfast.
Belfast served during WWII and now is a floating museum and
docking point for high-dollar cruise ships.
opposite side of the river was White Castle AKA Tower of London.
was going to go under the Tower Bridge.
center of the upper span had a very nice coat of arms.
But, this is not the official royal crest.
that the upper deck of the boat is empty. That is because
it is raining and only someone as crazy as me would be out in
the rain just to get a photo.
downriver side of Tower Bridge we had a great view of central
south we could see City Hall and "The Shard" which is the
tallest structure in Europe.
is an interesting mix of old and new. In the photo above
is a structure that was constructed in 1076 (Tower of London at
the bottom right) and some new buildings that were completed in
the last 5 years. That's over 930 years in one photo!
east end of London in the so-called "docklands" are some old
wharves and factories that have been converted into yuppie
housing. Some of the old cranes have been retained.
These cranes were used to unload sailing ships loaded with cargo
from India and the far east.
Metropolitan Police maintain a large river presence on the
Thames. This is one of their bases.
passed a number of old historical pubs that were on the
water. In the old days, sailors who had been at sea for
months landed and came to places like these to spend their
hard-earned cash on wine, women and song. The yellow sign
on the right warns of a campshed projecting from the wall under
the water. These were used to stabilize barges during
loading and unloading. Now they are just a boating hazard.
was originally called "The Devil's Punchbowl".
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