let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London……

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well….along the Thames, and from a birds eye point of view!.

On friday i took the young lady i’ve cared for for many years on a sightseeing day out. we decided to go on a boat trip, and since i’ve come down the river from Hampton Court several times, i decided to go out to the Thames Barrier. She also really wanted to go on the London Eye, which i also wanted to do as i haven’t before. but i said we’d see what the wait time was before committing to that. luckily for us from entering the ticket hall to boarding the eye was 40mins, which i was ok with!. if we’d been told the wait was 2hrs, i’d have said no!!.

so here is a few pics of the day….

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above :: Big Ben showing the time we set off in the morning.

Below :: the monument to the Great Fire of London

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the old and new of London, to the left the sky scrapers of the City of London, and to the right the Tower of London

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gliding under Tower Bridge

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according to our guide, this is the oldest riverside pub in London, with parts of the building dating back to the 15th century.

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some swanking riverside living. you can see how high the river rises on a high tide!. and notice the bright pink outside furniture!.

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the restored Cutty Sark at Greenwich. She was destroyed by fire a few years ago and has been completed restored.

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the Naval colleges, Queens House and Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

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the Emirates skyway across the Thames. again according to the guide, it runs at about 10% capacity.

 

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some hardy souls walking over the O2 Arena

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the Thames Barrier, with one the barriers up. these lie on the river bed until they are needed to be raised. apparently since the reign of Elizabeth 1st, London has sunk by 8ft, which is why we need this barrier!.

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the iconic Barrier shot!.

 

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the closest i’ve got yet to Olympic Park in Stratford!. this is the stadium and the large art work – the red circular thing!.

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another riverside home

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the Shard from Greenwich.

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Tower Bridge

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the replica of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre

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then it was time for this!….

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Alexandra Palace on the hill in the background. Nowadays this is my local area, i worked for 3 yrs in its shadow. i also went there the next day to the stamp and scrapbooking show – more of that in a post to come!.

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Buckingham Palace

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the green roof in the centre is the British Museum

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am empty pod at the top of the eye!. oh to have been in that one, instead of the crowded one i was in!.

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Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and looking up Victoria Street towards Victoria Station.

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St Paul’s Cathedral

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Waterloo Station on the south side of the river.

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it was a good day, with loads to see – i took over 300 photos!.

we rounded our day off with ice cream at the Haargen Dazs parlour in Leicester Square before heading home 2 tired out humans!.

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