London

One of the things that sets London apart from other major cities is the amount of green space. There are several well-know parks such as Hyde Park as well as a multitude of squares. Walking through London you often come across one of these beautiful tranquil squares within a stones throw of the bustle of the city.

I often cross the river and from the Embankment cut through Lincoln’s Inn and am always amazed at the contrast between the area containing the Inns of Court and the busy roads that intersect it.

Narrow paths and alleys criss cross the area, some still having cobbles to walk on. The architecture is fascinating with many different styles and various decorations that signify the wealth of the companies that built them.

Traversing these walkways you come across many small squares, usually containing some type of garden whether formal or informal and the sound of birdsong is easily heard above the muted roar of the city in the background.

London

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Tall Ships Festival, Greenwich, London

I decided to use the river taxis to travel to Greenwich to see the gathering of tall ships. It turned out to be an unwise choice as the queues of people with the same idea and the infrequency of the boats resulted in a considerable amount of time wasted. It was an enjoyable means of transport though and I was interested in the different perspective it offered.

Lots of people had arrived before me and the area round the pier where I disembarked was very crowded. There was no information about the event so I made my way downriver along the towpath, eventually catching sight of the tall masts of ships in the distance.

Having walked a fair distance I managed to find a place where I could observe the ships passing as they progressed backwards and forwards along the river. It was interesting to see the juxtaposition of old and new with modern motor-propelled craft weaving in and out of the wakes of the older, more graceful sailing vessels.

A Russian Naval Training vessel was moored offshore and groups of people were being ferried across to take part in tours.

It was an interesting outing and the walk along The Thames offered fascinating glimpses of the past with disused and derelict jetties and iron vessels being broken up for scrap. Looking inland at the inevitable development was no less absorbing with the sight of new skyscrapers rising amongst the ruins of old buildings.

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