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February 16, 2015

England: London, Battersea Power Station


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The Battersea Power Station viewed from the Thames.

An iconic part of the Thames scene is the Battersea Power Station. This Art Deco-style structure dates from the 1930’s. It is the largest brick building in Europe. With its expansive cathedral-style design and 338 ft high smokestacks, Battersea Station commands the view from the Thames. (more…)

January 1, 2015

England: London, the Tower Bridge from the Water


Tower Bridge from below

Tower Bridge from below

Judging by the number of tourists with cameras in hand, the Tower Bridge is one of London’s most photographed landmarks. I admit that I too find this distinctive bridge over the Thames to be irresistibly photogenic. With all of the pictures taken, this is undoubtedly a bridge that needs no more photographs. Nevertheless, I’ll add a few more pictures of London’s famous bridge to Internet mix. In my defense, these pictures are taken from an unusual angle. They were snapped from the deck of our barge Wanderlust as we headed down the Thames on the way to a mooring nearby. (more…)

December 16, 2014

England: London, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel


The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Did you know it is possible to walk under the River Thames in London? There are two tunnels, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and the Woolrich Foot Tunnel, that pass under the Thames. These two tunnels are on the east side of London about 4 miles apart. (more…)

December 12, 2014

England: The Swan Upping in Abingdon

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Swan Uppers rowing hard in Abingdon to reach their finish line

Swan Uppers rowing hard in Abingdon to reach their finish line

On the way from Oxford we passed through Abingdon just in time to see the finish of the Swan Upping. The Swan Upping is a curious English ritual where colorfully dressed men in a skiff paddle up the Thames marking the young swans along the way. There’s a 900-year history behind the Upping. By tradition, the British Monarch retains the right to ownership of all unmarked (more…)

December 8, 2014

England: Runnymede Meadow


The ABA's Magna Carta Memorial

Gigi plays ball at the ABA’s Magna Carta Memorial.  She doesn’t seem to appreciate the importance of the site.

Runnymede Meadow is a most unassuming historical site. This modest grassy water meadow alongside the River Thames, several miles downstream of Windsor Castle, is the location of the signing of the Magna Carta. When King John penned his name to the Magna Carta in 1215 it signified the beginning of the limitation of powers of the English monarchy and set the stage for our modern laws and government.

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