Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Up the Thames to the centre of the Earth

A Fokker coming into London City airport on a 6 degree glideslope
Thames Barrier
MV Pocahuntas at Gravesend
Greenwich Park with a doom laden sky in the distance

River Thames ,Gravesend to Greenwich on the Motorvessel Pocahontas ,7 of us.
A grey day with rain forecast the tide running out and a brisk breeze about 18 degrees C.
Departed from the Ferry Pier and set off up the river ,with a very interesting and informative commentary by the skipper.
Lots of industrial buildings along with historical buildings and places of interest.
Under the QE2 Bridge and up to the Thames Barrier.As a couple of us had worked near or on the river at times ,it was interesting to see the developments.
Lots of new riverside dwellings are springing up on the sites of former manufacturing bases.
So much to report ,that the best thing is go and see for yourself.It cost £12-£17 depending on age,and there were facilities and refreshments and a bar on the vessel.
2 of our party stayed on to Tower Bridge,and managed to make it up as far as Westminster bridge.The rest of us walked up the hill at Greenwich to the observatory and arrived at precisely 12.00 to witness the ball dropping on the tower.
Free entry into all areas ,very busy and very informative,the exhibits breathtaking.
On to the Museum section,again free,and just too much to take in at one go.
We were allowed 3 hours before the vessel arrived back ,and we had a quick look down the Greenwich foot tunnel before getting back onboard.
Highly recommended ,and inexpensive,the rain held off,which was a bonus.
Ferry tel no; 01732-353448

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