Many forms of transportation get you from Point A to Point B in London. We know. We travelled all of them: feet, taxis, buses, tube, boat.
Saturday was our final day of exploring, so we started out by taking the bus down to Westminster Bridge, again with intention of taking the Thames water taxi to Greenwich. Unlike yesterday, today the boat actually showed up. Success! Once again, it was a beautiful day. Imagine that: a lovely day in London in November! The “Weather Gods” shone upon us!
I didn’t know what to expect of the sights along the river, but I wasn’t disappointed. Rob had been on the boat cruise before, so he was entertained by my reaction as the historic highlights of London slid past as we motored down the Thames.
Greenwich is a World Heritage Site. Famous landmarks include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, and Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College. We wished we had allowed more time to explore the unique shops, cafes, Street Market, historical landmarks and beautiful parks.
One foot in each hemisphere
Next stop was Tower of London. The number of people touring the site was unbelieveable. We only arrived at 2:30 to discover that the Tower closed at 4:30 – and the ticket line was a least a half-hour long. It was worth the wait. This beautiful fortress drew you back in time as you walked through each tower, reading the stories, learning more about the history of the Monarchy, the Crown Jewels, the Ravens, and the interesting characters associated with the Towers; many of whom came to an untimely and gruesome end. Some of those unfortunate souls had even inscribed their epitaphs in the stone walls of the Tower. Spooky!
Finally our feet couldn’t take it anymore, so off to catch the last boat back to Westminster. As we neared Westminster, the boat began to circle we were informed that a fireworks display would take place at 5 pm over the river. Needless to say, we lucked out one more time and were allowed to watch the fireworks from the boat.
Once again, there were so many people, I have never seen anything like it. All of the bridges and walkways along the Thames were packed with people who had come to watch the fireworks. We knew finding a place to eat would be impossible so we set off down Victoria Street towards Buckingham Place in hopes to finding a feeding place to satisfy our growling tummies. We found a little Pub (Strutton Arms) on a side street not far from Buckingham. Yup….we ate Pub grub and watched Rugby like real Londoners. Ha!
Then off we went strolling back through Hyde Park where we started our first day in London. As usual, we staggered into the hotel unable to walk another step.