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.