Views from the Thames

One of the things I really wanted to do on this visit to London was  a trip on the Thames. There are a number of ways you can do this, but if you have the London Pass the hop on/hop off City Cruise is included in the pass. This enables you to get a 24 hour ticket and you can jump on and off all day long. We did use this service one day, but mainly to get from one side of the Thames down back towards the Tower. While we enjoyed the informative commentary that was offered we did not enjoy the school groups that were also on this trip (god only knows where the adults were!), it made for a rather unenjoyable experience and meant that we did not use the service again.

A much better service we thought were the Thames Clipper commuter boats. As they are shipping commuters around there is no commentary (there is an app however to give sightseeing info), but we didn’t really need this. The advantage with these boats is that the seats are better (upholstered, whereas the City Cruises had wooden seats), no school groups (as no commentary), and better schedules. The fare can be paid using your Oyster card and there are plenty of different routes available up and down the Thames.

So here are some more photos taken from the mighty River Thames.

The Shard with the Tower Bridge in the background

Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral

The Walkie-Talkie, Gherkin and Cheesegrater Buildings

HMS Belfast

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More London evening shots

Here are some more shots from our last night in London last week. Low light photography is not really one of my strong subjects, but I think these turned out ok.

Houses of Parliament

On Westminster Bridge

London Eye detail

St Paul’s Cathedral

Tower Bridge

The Tower of London with the Shard in the background

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London – What a week it’s been

I have been back 5 days now and while normal life has resumed, the memories from London are still very fresh.

Our daughter and I spent 7 nights exploring this exciting city. I love London with its quirky sights and sounds, its busy roads, tubes and pavements, its tourist attractions which are almost always busy, and its hidden gems. This was not our first visit, but the first time we spent longer than 3 days in the city.

A lot of our days were spent walking; walking to attractions, walking the streets of London, walking down the steps to a tube station and then back up again at the other end (I had forgotten the amount of stairs the tube has!!), walking inside the attractions, walking to get food and drink and then finally walking back to our rented apartment.

Thanks to a book called “Walking London” by Andrew Duncan we managed to explore quite a lot of the city. I think our daughter had had quite enough by Day 4, especially as according to her fitness tracker we had walked a record 27,000 steps a few days prior to Day 4. It is a miracle that our feet did not drop off by the end of the week.

Whenever I am in London I always wish that I was a natural street photographer to capture some of the really unique people that call London Town home. Alas, I am not that brave, so will just have to make do with the more traditional style of photographing the city (although I did manage to sneak some photos of a group of young Japanese girls in their traditional dress – more of that later).

On our last night in London we took a water bus down to Westminster and were rewarded with some stunning night sights of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye; below is one of my favourite shots from our last night.

I hope to be able to write and share more of our week in London in upcoming posts in an attempt to revive my blog a little, as I have been rather neglecting this over the past months.

The London Eye at night

 

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Palm Trees – that’s all…

It’s been a week of rain and some snow (short lived thankfully!) for us, so I am looking through my photos of our recent tropical vacation and found this palm tree gem.

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We call him Harry

Meet Harry, we met him on holiday recently (and his friends). He is friendly and doesn’t need much looking after (just as well, as the beach was taking up most of our time).

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Sunsets are amazing

Another shot from our recent Caribbean vacation, this time a sunset shot. Sunsets, and sunrises, are amazing, no matter where in the world you are! They are always worth sticking around for.

Sunset in Punta Cana

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Sunrise return

It’s been a while since I last posted, which is mainly due to considering if I should continue with my blog.

Is blogging really still relevant in this day of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, where posts swish by, constantly vying for likes and comments? I have asked myself this question for some time and I am sure I am not the only blogger to do so. My blog is only small and has just over 320 followers, most of which don’t engage at all, and I suspect the majority of them no longer use this platform. That being said, people do still read blogs, otherwise platforms like this would no longer exist. I don’t like to bow to defeat, so have decided to continue this blog. I might change things around a bit in the next little while to freshen things up, but I do like sharing my photos and creations even if only a small number of people read the posts and engage with me (I am not going to let that defeat me!).

So, here is a beautiful sunrise my husband and I got up early to see on our recent vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Sunrise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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More streets

This street offers a view of the St Nicolai church in Hameln, Germany. A you can see, this was taken last autumn, and I think the yellow leaves really set of the old brickwork of the church very well.

View to the St Nicolai Church in Hameln, Germany

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Street Theme continued

I seem to be occupied with streets of late; little pretty streets. This one is in my hometown of Hannover, Germany at the Ballhofplatz, which is a plaza in the heart of Hannover’s old town.

Ballhofplatz, Hannover, Germany

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Small streets

Throw back to Hameln in Germany from last year.

At the time I was disappointed with the weather that day, it was gloomy and rained heavy throughout the day. However, looking at the photos I am glad it wasn’t a sunny day, so much more athmospheric with the gloom!

Small streets of Hameln, Germany

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