Londoners, you failed me. So many of you told me how lovely Greenwich was and that I absolutely must visit – but none of you told me how much awesomer (yes, that’s a technical term) it is if you take the Thames Clipper on your way back to town.
The Clipper only costs £4.50 one way if you have your Oyster Card on you and the city looks completely different from the water. Stay towards the open back of the boat so you feel that fresh, watery air on your face. You won’t be sure which way to turn your head because there is so much to look at on both banks. You’ll start to piece together landmarks that you didn’t imagine to be so close to/far away from each other. Those famous curves in the Thames you see on all the London maps start to make a little more sense. And it is just lovely.
For more information on how to take the Thames Clipper to/from Greenwich, read up here and plan to board or get off at the Greenwich/Cutty Sark stop. It is very popular during the summer months and you cannot book ahead on weekends, so plan ahead and make time to wait in line for tickets. It is worth it.
I am on holiday. Blessed, blessed holiday.
We took the train down to Cornwall for two-much-too-short-but-oh-so-sunny days (Instagram evidence can be found here). And now we are relaxing with a pending forecast of relentless downpours in Wiltshire.
But that does not mean I have been slacking in my internet browsing. Here are some of my recent favorite internet finds:
A must-read before experiencing a proper English afternoon tea
73 questions with Sarah Jessica Parker
I have been travel-drooling over all of the Montgomery’s posts on Morocco but this one of Chefchaouen may be my favorite.
This exhibition at Versailles.
“Dear Kitten” – (Emma, this is still funny weeks later…thank you).
*Photo taken from St James’s Park in London looking towards Horse Guard’s Parade.
100 years ago, London’s buses were sent to the Western Front as part of the World War I effort. Today, June 22, Londoners were treated to over 200 years of historic buses lining Regent’s Street. And this makes two transport-related posts in a row.
Regent’s Street is hosting car-free Sundays throughout the month of July, with little chairs and tables set up near flower planters. One could almost forget how crowded it is on a normal weekend shopping day…
The first buses were horse-drawn – the model on show dated back from the 1820s – and continued to run until 1914 when the horses were needed for the war effort (I should mention this was also the point where my camera ran out of battery just at the end…because I am an exceptional planner…)
Moving forward in time and backwards up Regent’s Street, we came to beautifully painted, very small buses complete with curtained windows and velvet interiors. Followed by an age of spectacular advertising and curvy staircases. And then colorful call buttons, cloth interiors and mini light bulbs. Right up to today’s sleek, glass filled electric buses. It was a lovely little jaunt through history on a sunny London morning - so iconic and representative of a nation’s history. I’m adding the London Transport Museum to the must-see list. (Side bar for the Belgian readers – if you have not been to Autoworld yet at the Cinquantenaire – GO! Very similar and equally interesting experience.)