I saw on the news a few days ago that the Tall Ships Festival was taking place at Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal in London, before they set sail on Easter Sunday for a race from Torbay, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Bermuda, Quebec and back to Le Havre... it's a regular event and attracts Tall Ships from all over the world.
I headed for Woolwich Arsenal first, with the opportunity to board some of the ships free (from Greenwich, you have to pay to get a ferry out to one of the ships in the middle of the Thames)
and the ropes hanging tidily
so I had exposure problems!
think I'd prefer a 5 star cruise, personally!
Now I decided to head for Greenwich.. time to catch the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) - I love this train - better than a tube train as it runs overground, and you get great views all through the London docklands where so much regeneration has gone on in the last 20 or so (probably longer, actually) years.
and the huge skyscrapers of London's financial district outside - I must go and mooch around outside again one day
and in dry dock - used to love going on board here as a kid - but no time today!
I am guessing this is a ship's wheel in progress!
Statue of Sir Walter Raleigh one time favourite of Elizabeth I
I sat and had lunch in the food court... was warm now and I took my coat off for a bit...
I got a bit carried away...
Decided to head back tothe DLR station via Greenwich market....
I did go in ( a long snaking queuing system should have warned me off...)
I guess it is Easter bank holiday weekend after all, and the start of tourist time
(although it's always tourist time in London really)
not sure I've ever noticed the elephant before
didn't partake of a glass of Prosecco at £7.50 a glass thanks very much!
just what I needed to get me home
Hope you enjoyed today - see you tomorrow for Kew!!