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I'm still walking to Mordor
As usual, we covered a lot of miles while in London and as I had finally finished Merry's journey with the Rohirrim to Minas Tirith last weekend, Monday was the first leg of the journey to Mount Doom...

6 July -- Journey down and first evening

We drove to Machynlleth and because we are starting to feel guilty about leaving the vehicle in the car park for several days and taking up a space for all that time, we paid to leave the Daihatsu in the car park of the storage facility just by the station. Work is continuing on the new footbridge, so as before, all trains were leaving from Platform 2.

The journey was good and we arrived at Euston, walked the short distance to Euston Square tube and from there travelled to Aldgate, the nearest tube station to our hotel. G always does the hotel booking and this time he had excelled himself. The hotel had a view! A very splendid view indeed from our room on the 15th floor.

After settling in and exploring the hotel room (the tea making facilities and some of the light switches were cunningly hidden and took some finding!), we walked via Tower Bridge to our favourite pizza restaurant on the South Bank. Everywhere was, as usual, teeming with tourists. I noticed more parties of foreign students (many of them American) than we normally see, though perhaps it's because we were there earlier in the summer this time and schools and colleges hadn't yet finished for the summer break?

Thames & skyscrapers

Walking beside the river Thames

Once we'd eaten, we walked on along the South Bank, past the skateboarders in their undercroft and thence across the bridge to Embankment Tube station where we caught the tube back to our hotel.

This walk formed part of my Eowyn challenge journey. I am currently following Frodo and Sam's journey to Mordor and Mount Doom.

Miles travelled since last update: 15 (3 of them today)
Miles travelled so far: 3 (2246 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 467

Percentage complete: 1%

Point reached on journey:

Frodo had decided to go on alone to Mordor, but Sam has guessed his plan and reaches the lake as Frodo is leaving. Together they paddle past the south end of Tol Brandir and later hide the boat. They head into the hills and find a sheer, high, impassible cliff overlooking the marshland.

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khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: July 11th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a nice sunny day! I like that curved building in the first photo...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 13th, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one on the left? That's the infamous Walkie Talkie (it got its nickname from the shape). It's infamous because it has been known to melt the plastic trim on cars by focusing the sun's rays and now it's in trouble for causing severe gusts of wind down at street level.

My favourite is the Gherkin (the, um, gherkin shaped building on the right, partly hidden by other buildings), though I do have a soft spot for The Shard, even though it does look like the citadel of an Evil Overlord and only lacks an All Seeing Eye at its pointy top. (see photo in next post)
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