The River Thames goes through the city of London, and though in a different way and in a different scale, it reminded of Portland and its Willamette River. The Thames river goes through this beautiful city, and it’s the longest river in England (we got to see it going through Oxford too, later in our trip.) The Themes River is deep so ships can navigate it.
On our way back from Greenwich, we didn’t get off at the Tower of London (where we had started), but continued on the boat all the way down to Westminster and got to see the city from the water, a beautiful sight.
The city with all the cranes, it reminded me of a story our friends told us about a friend of theirs with a little kid who was watching out the window from their office one day and said “When will the city of London be done?”
The Tate Modern Art Museum. How I wish we could have gone, with the Matisse exhibit right now… Also for next visit.
We thought of going to the London Eye but after learning how much it costs to get up there, we decided we wanted to see other things instead. And seeing it from down here was beautiful and fun enough for me.
The Aquarium. You can see in the walls on the river there are lion faces (greenish color). These have rings in their mouths. Were put there to keep watch in the tides and water level of the Thames River. When the water reaches their mouth, London is at risk of flood. The boat’s guide told us a rhyme that Londoners know to remind them of the saying of the lion’s face and water level:
When the lions drink, London will sink.
When it’s up to their manes, we’ll go down the drains.
When the water is sucked, you can be sure we’re all … in trouble.