There is an awful lot of building work going on at the moment. I hope they get it all finished before the Olympics. Actually, perhaps that's why there is so much frantic activity?
Anyway we wandered along at far as the Thames Barrier, part of which was raised for some reason. Here was out first disappointment. Despite having a sign on the door indicating that it ought to be open, the cafe and exhibition centre was closed. We therefore contined onwards to Woolwich Ferry, where we observed the Earnest Bevin transporting a goodly collection of cars and lorries across to the other side. However, a sign to the Foot Tunnel caught our eye. We have previously walked through the Greenwhich foot tunnel, but even G (who is rather fond of tunnels) hadn't heard of this one. The entrance proved somewhat elusive, but during the search, we did find some public toilets, which was good! Eventually, after speaking with a young man who was also searching for it because he had heard on the news that it reopened today after refurbishment, with the guidance of a couple of people who seemed to belong to the ferry terminal, we found the entrance lurking behind a lot of boards.
Unfortunately, the LiveJournal Scrapbook is not working for me tonight and the new Flickr doesn't like my browser, so I can't embed the photo and therefore can only provide a link to the picture of the tunnel.
Unfortunately, we now found ourselves in a rather unprepossessing area with no way of walking back along the river on the north side. After briefly contemplating going back across the river on the ferry (LOL!), we decided to take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) back into the central touristy part of the city. As this took us through a totally new area (to us) past the City of London Airport, it was quite interesting and gave me a chance to rest my feet.
From here we wandered about a bit, crossed the river intending to visit HMS Belfast (only to find it closed), crossed back over Tower Bridge before eventually getting the Tube back to Euston and after having something to eat, we retired to our accommodation.
And now my feet are tired. :(
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