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Monday, 18 August 2008

An easy day - yeah right!!

I said we would have an easy day today, yeah right. So what did we do we walked miles.

We set off this morning by tube to find the Speights Ale House, which was transported from NZ by sea to Temple Place to give the Kiwis a little bit of home. Where was it now - we couldn't find it. This is were we started walking. Seems it has been relocated to a pub nearby and is now called The Southerner. This was closed up tight so no pint of Speights for Robin.

As we walked along the Strand and Fleet Street the bells from St Paul's were pealing. What a lovely sound on a Sunday morning.

Side View of St Paul's

Next to see on our list for the morning was the Monument. to this we also walked. The Monument was designed by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of 1666, which started in nearby Pudding Lane. Another disappointment, as it was under repair and covered in scaffolding.

A walk back along the Thames and over the Millennium Bridge, built just for pedestrians, led us to the Globe Theatre. Plays were in progress, but having no tickets we contented ourselves with a quick look around. Wandering back along the riverside we came across an outdoor market where we stopped for lunch. Pancakes filled with apples, raisins and cinnamon eaten al fresco in the warm London sunshine, what a pleasant lunch. Then it was a walk to Waterloo Station to catch the Tube back to our hotel.

Millennium Bridge

As tonight is our last evening in London, we are going to the local, The Albert, for a farewell London dinner. It has division bells in the upstairs dining room so that parliamentarians eating there while the House is sitting can rush back to vote.

Tomorrow morning we travel by train to meet up with our friends Dot and Derek and travel over the Lllangollen Canal during the next week in their narrow boat Gypsy Rover.

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