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Going away is fun but disruptive to journalling
It always seems to take several days to get back into my normal routine after going away and this time was no different. We don't normally go away in January, but G had received an email from the apartments where we've stayed a few times offering a half price special offer during January and February. As the weather is usually slightly better in London than here in North Wales, we decided to go for it.

When I tell local friends and acquaintances that we've been away to London, they ask things like, "Did you see any shows?" "Did you visit any galleries or exhibitions?" The answer is: No, we spent most of the time walking round obscure bits of the city.

Actually, if G is going to a conference, I do often visit a gallery or exhibition on the day(s) he's doing his thing, but when we're together, we walk.

Day 1: we walked along a disused railway line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace. The railway line is now a very long thin nature reserve.

Layers of transport routes. The view is taken from what was originally a railway, now a walking trail. Below is a road and below that another railway.

Road & rail

Most people think graffiti is an eyesore, but if well done it can add colour to an otherwise drab site.


At this point the old platforms are clear to see.

Old railway walking trail

More graffiti.

Cafe sign & graffiti

The view from the furthest point on the walk.

Alexandra Palace

The mast is the Alexandra Palace transmitter. The trail did go a little further, but this was where we turned back and retraced our steps as far as the main road where we caught a very noisy, badly vibrating bus back to London Bridge station which, after what seems like years of work, is almost completely finished and quite impressive. On emerging from the station, we discovered that we were at the base of The Shard!

The Shard

By this time we were hungry so we had a burger and chunky fries in the Gourmet Burger restaurant in Clink Street before heading back to the apartment.
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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: February 8th, 2018 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your explorations of the obscure bits of London!

I wish I could get up to London. Although I find the galleries and museums too busy, there are a few areas I would love to photograph...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 8th, 2018 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've only been to a couple of important exhibitions that I've paid to go in. One was the Celts at the British Museum and another was an exhibition of American artist at the Royal Academy. I coped OK, though they were both very crowded and they were only admitting people in batches in timed slots. It's not something I'd do often though.

We've gone right off the science and natural history museums as they are always swarming with kids. Also the science museum seems to have too much stuff that isn't actually real. The British Museum is OK as long as you avoid the Egyptian galleries (swarming with kids) and stick to more obscure -- and more interesting -- galleries of things like Buddhist art.
owlfish From: owlfish Date: February 9th, 2018 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
That looks like a very satisfying walk.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 11th, 2018 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was. I suspect many people would think we were bonkers to go on holiday to a city and wander around canals and old railway trails when we have such wonderful scenery at home, but in bad weather, walking in the city is still possible whereas here it just becomes a cold slog through mud.
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