On Thursday B and I went out into London. We had a purpose, but more of that later!
Rather than just go into town for one reason alone we decided to make an afternoon of it and went on a walk through London. Here are some of the pictures we took:
We started off with a pinic lunch on the riverside in front of City Hall. It always feels very exciting when we get to see Tower Bridge being raised. When we arrived we had a feeling that it might happen because the Olympic rings were folded up. When they are suspended there isn’t enough room to raise the bridge, so they have a mechanism to raise them and rotate them to a horizontal postition under the gantry.
We weren’t sure what they are going to use the rings on the barge for. When we went up to that part of the river last Friday that barge and those rings weren’t there.
We walked along the South Bank past HMS Belfast until we got to London Bridge. As well as the statue of Mandeville, the official mascot for the Paralympic Games and the lovely fountain, there are many other interesting sculptures along this stretch of the river and we enjoyed looking at the pointed motifes on the pavement representing the Olympic Sports.
We crossed the river at London Bridge and spent the next part of the walk walking along the river for short stretches in between having to cut back around the streets before re-joining the river. I love the veiws of the different sights you see along the river and it was a beautiful day.
This part of the river is quite quiet and we enjoyed walking along looking at the flags and the shadows they made on the pavement.
We also spotted this in the Pavement. Apparently there are 99 of them around London. This was number 2. They give instructions about little games you play. It’s quite a simple and nice little idea and I’ve never seen them before. In fact I’ve just looked up to find out more and its a new project for this Summer called 99 Tiny Games . Click on the link to find out more.
As we rounded the bend in the river the London Eye came into view. I love this picture. You can just about see the sun glinting on the pods as they turn.
Our walk then took us along Victoria Embankment where the infamous ‘Olympic Lanes’ are in operation. B enjoyed spotting all the official olympic cars and buses etc. There was also lots of evidence of people putting out temporary tourist information signs and numerous gamesmakers were strolling the streets. The one thing we haden’t realised was that where the Olympic Lanes are in operation they have also restricted the points at which pedestrians can cross the roads.
The next spot on our growing list of sights were the Sphinx and Cleopatra’s Needle.
This nearly bought us to the end of our walk, well it should have done, but I didn’t manage to turn off the Embankment at the right point, so we ended up walking all the way up to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Which, although received a little moan from B, wasn’t really a problem, it was just another sight to add to our collection for the day. I don’t have a picture though, as the angle was all wrong and there were too many people, so we took a detour up Whitehall, past Trafalgar Square, where I took the last sightseeing picture.
This took us up to about 4.pm, so we had a lovely afternoon strolling round London spotting the sights, all for the cost of a bought sandwich from M&S, and if I’d been more organised we could have made the sandwiches and taken our own picnic.
However, the cheap day out wasn’t to last as the reason we went into London was to visit Covent Garden to make a much longed for purchase:
After spending a little bit more of our hard earned cash on fruit products we set off home, only to score our final sight of the day. We just happened to be at Trafalgar Square as the Olympic flame went by, so I got my second glimpse. B saw it for the first time as he had been at his Grandma’s when it passed through our area on Monday. We didn’t manage any pics this time as it was so crowded, but it was a nice end to a lovely day.
B is now very busy whilst I play the part of the sulky child stamping my feet because ‘I want a go’.
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