So I am going to London again. The 500 stairs are beckoning ;-) I bought my ticket for St Paul's Cathedral last night online (St Paul's Cathedral can process Canadian Credit Cards, but Southern Railways can not !).
Including an online discount, I paid 14.50 pounds.
But first I have to get there again: This time I get the train to London Bridge, which is also much closer to St Paul's. Some pics along the walk there:
|Just in case you too wondered why the ship was called The Golden Hind|
|Just another bridge with the day's destination in the background|
|Up There I shall stand !|
There seem to be a lot of reflective curved metal surfaces in England.
And I can't resist taking self-Hobbit-portraits ;-)
The view is still not overwhelming so I don't linger and start looking for the extra 150 stairs to the Golden Gallery. I've seen people up there from the riverboat and I can't wait to get up there !
Close to the very top the separation of the walls of the passage is so small that I can feel the walls on both sides squeezing both my shoulders. A very weird feeling!.
And then I'm out: The Golden Gallery. The sunshine that was still in abundance when I crossed the Millennium Bridge seems to have been obscured by high-flying fog. So the view is not quite as spectacular as it could/should have been.
|the Eye in the distance|
|Millennium Bridge & Tate Gallery|
The way down the stairs is faster than the way up was ;-) And new things to discover.
After a quick tour of the Crypt I leave St Paul's behind. I liked it. I'm not even tempted to go back to Westminster Abbey with its abundance of dead people and pompous priests, even though I could get another glimpse of Newton for FREE by pretending to worship. I know this might sound strange, but my gut keeps telling me that St Paul's was a good Karma church while Westminster Abbey was not. So I start wandering towards tower bridge.
While London can be horribly expensive, Whetherspoon pubs are quite a deal. Not only does one get free internet (I'm typing this post in the pub ;-) but a 'Mixed Grill' (2 pork cutlets, 2 cow cutlets, 1 sausage + fries and veggies PLUS 1 glass of Chardonnay all for a total of 7.99 Pounds during week lunch hours ! Can't get that in Canada for that price ;-)
|Not too shabby a deal|
|... and it includes a view|
After my lunch at Wetherspoons I walk over to Tower
I pay the 8 pounds to take an elevator up the North Tower, walk through both of
the upper spans, come down an elevator in the South Tower, and then visit some
"engine rooms" with replica or old engines on the South Shore. I’m
not too impressed. What bugged me most
is that they blocked the view in the upper spans with some ‘exhibition’ of
other famous bridges all over the world.
If you have kids along, having their picture taken in front of a Green
Screen, and being able to obtain some postcards later with their visages
superimposed on a
|Stay away from here if you don't like crowds|
On the train ride back to village I realize how exhausted I am because I keep nodding off and then have to use the GPS system on my phone to figure out where I am when I wake up.
to be continued ...?
to be continued ...?