Mary and I spent 3 nights and four days in London last week indulging ourselves. We stayed at a very nice hotel ate well and relaxed. This is our reward for all the time spent away on business. I estimate that I have spent 75 nights away on business over the last year or so. I think that is a fair reward for living out of a suitcase and being way from my wife for this length of time! My record was February this year where I stayed away 17 nights out of a possible 21 weekdays in the month.
Anyway, some time was spent shopping, Mary first in her clothes shops and then me looking at the large number of outdoor stores in the Covent Garden area. I purchased a long sleeve base layer from Rohan and a Power Stretch zip top from Rab ready for winter walking and hopefully camping. I was looking to get a Rab Generator Pull – On, but I found that Rock + Run had some for 25% off on their website, so I have ordered this which arrived the other day. Some reviews on these once I have had chance to use them.
London was founded because this was the first bridgeable point of the Thames, and a river taxi up to Greenwich is a great way to see the city. From the historic sites such as the Tower of London to the endless waterfront apartments in and around Canary Wharf.
We visited the Ansel Adams photography exhibition at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Readers may know Adam’s pioneering photography work. Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist working on mainly black and white photographs of the American West especially in Yosemite National Park, but on display were also some stunning shots of the Tetons and the Cascades. A number of photographs were displayed in large-scale.
Whilst most of his work concentrated on the Western States, there were a number of photographs taken in the Cape Cod area featuring coastal shots. The exhibition has just opened and will run until 28th April 2013 and costs £6 to view. Details on the exhibition can be found here.
You always get a great view looking West from the top of Greenwich park towards the City and we spent some time walking around one of the ‘green lungs’ of London.
For lunch we went to Greenwich market and feasted on street food from all parts of the world. I had delicious Korean vegetarian food and Mary had a Buckwheat crepe, but we could choose from Ethiopian vegetarian food, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Lebanese. We wash our food down with a couple of glasses of refreshing Horchanta, made from ground chufas (Tigernuts) which we haven’t had in years.
Looks like a nice break Mark. Can’t remember the last time I had a weekend in London, but we actually need to go in the not too distant future. Geoff’s daughter has just started her first teaching job there this September, and she and her boyfriend have just set up there in their first proper house, which we’ve not yet visited. She says they’ve plenty of parking for the motorhome, so I don’t reckon we’ll be staying in a nice hotel though!
We did used to have a book about Ansel Adams, but now I’ve started looking I can’t seem to put my hands on it. I thought we had a picture of his too, but I can’t find that either!
It was a good break and I never tire of visiting London. I guess you would have walked some the areas that Adams would have photographed.
It’s great to do a weekend like this occasionally. It surprising how knackered you get just walking round the sites and shops. Enjoyable though, especially getting a few gear shops in as well.
Alan you are right, it can be quite knackering walking around, especially after carrying all my wife’s shopping 🙂
Despite my love of the wild places I quite like a day in London. My favorite was the South Bank walk from Tower Bridge to Westminster. I was also a huge fan of the food market at Borough. When I worked round there I used to take an extended lunch to buy a whole feast of goodies and scoff them in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral. The kids also loved the boat Greenwich and the park, a walk under the Thames tunnel and back through Canary Wharf on the DLR
Andy I really like London so much to do and see, I never tire of it. We took the trip back to Blackfriars on the DLR via Bank after visiting Greenwich.
Great post – 3 days is about my limit in London – energizing and tiring at the same time 🙂
Greenwich market is definitely the place for food and is only a short walk from Greenwich.
The DLR is a great way to see docklands – Canary Wharf is eerily quiet over the weekend.
Thanks for the details on the Ansell Adams exhibition, too.
Stuart sounds like you know this area well. Agree Greenwich market is great for food.
Great stuff. Love walking around London, Mark. I shall put Greenwich market on the list for my next visit – whenever that will be.
Thanks Alen. I enjoyed your post on your trip to London. Greenwich is a great place to visit.
It is years since I last visited London, but I quite like it. Looks like you had a nice and well-earned break! PS. I hope you brought a backpack with you to carry your wife’s shopping in – much more convenient than plastic bags! 🙂
Hi Maria, good to hear from you. Yes you are right I had quite a lot of bags stuffed into my backpack 🙂