This will be the last in my London series as I will soon by flying to Auckland (WOOP WOOP).
As I explained in earlier posts I downloaded a great App called WALKSTER and have been trying out free walking routes around London. This one was slightly different as I went to an area of London I know from Chelsea visiting mini ‘parks’ down to Battersea Park.
I am going to concentrate on Battersea Park with Spring around the corner. In one word ‘go’. Its the strangest place with a stunning park in the middle of central London and if you look up too high the city is all around. However with its scenic route down the Thames, the Buddhist monument, the giant climbing frame (I am a big kid) and the beautiful flora its a welcome escape from the busy urban elements of the city.
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In an earlier post I spoke about relearning my love of London. As I discussed I discovered a great app called Walkster that has suggested walking tours. Today’s tour Richmond.
So armed with my oyster card (i’m still retro) and hat off I went to Richmond. How to describe Richmond? In the background I hear clay pigeon shooting( I hope) and dogs barking. I stand at the top of a hill and see the mighty river thames, rowers and parks blooming all around me. I smell fresh air away from the hustle of central London, and I know I am in a very Conservative Borough.
All in all Richmond was a much needed escape from central London for the day and if I ever come back to London will be a welcome regular escape. For those picture lovers see a few here https://www.instagram.com/quittingmylife/
“To watch the sunset after a cold winter’s day, the hued colours of pale in subtle purple grays, bushing peach and pinks, to paint light brush strokes on the February sunset watch” -Sunset Watch
If you live/ are visiting London then more than likely you will travel around using the underground ‘the tube’. Its a marvelous piece of engineering that connects in essence a bunch of towns to create one of the most amazing cities in the world.
However stop and think about using the slow lane a.k.a. the great London bus. Above this article is a collection of photos I took today on the bus. I am a little obsessed with different types of architecture at the moment and this gives a flavour of what you can see on a London bus.
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Over the last few weeks I have had a number of people recommend great Apps for traveling, so I wanted to share.
Walkster… one I have talked about in previous posts. If you are in London on a budget it gives you walking routes around this amazing city with some key facts and history. I loved the Belgrave Mews tour.
Osprey packsizer…for people who understand nothing about finding the right backpack (me) this is one for you. I personally went for an Osprey but you can use the App then try and find a cheaper model. Just remember if you are traveling for a while a good backpack is a must.
Hoppa…recommended by Carissa my lovely travel advisor. Great App for getting your transfers booked.
Sky Scanner… want to find the best priced flight? then use this App. Really easy to use and I got some great deals.
Travelers please recommend your favourite Apps, I will need all the help I can get. Today I will leave you with a technology inspired quote.
“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.”-Arthur M. Schlesinger
In an earlier post I spoke about relearning my love of London. As I discussed I discovered a great app called Walkster that has suggested walking tours. Today’s tour Belgrave Mews.
So armed with my coat, hat, gloves and contactless card of to Sloane Square I went. What did I discover? my love of architecture. In a very small area there are stunningly different styles of buildings from art deco churches to converted mews. A must walk for those visiting London. For those picture lovers see a few here https://www.instagram.com/quittingmylife/
In other exciting news I got a great credit card for traveling called the Halifax clarity. For those planning a long trip abroad a must have. As always I will leave you with a quote that struck a chord:
“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” -Frank Wright
So as I tell more people about quitting my job and flat in London I am continually asked ‘what are you going to do? ‘ My standard response is whatever the hell I want…. Its amazing to be able to say it and truly mean it (key Cheshire Cat grin).
So what next…
Well so far I have 46 ideas(see pic) and they get added to do daily. Why? Because as people there is so much diversity, and its super exciting. At the moment I am leaning towards solo traveling around the world, but who knows.
I would love to hear about your passions, jobs and experiences that make life that extra bit colourful.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore
So like a lot of people (not all) who have lived in London for a while you get set in a routine and miss what this amazing city has to offer. Hands up I have become the number one culprit.
Now I have a ticking time bomb when I leave London its time to rediscover the child like joy I had when I first moved here. Today, despite the weather I went on a walking tour (WALKSTER my new app discovery) and loved it. London has some truly unique sights, people and sounds. I have put a few pics for those interested https://www.instagram.com/quittingmylife/?hl=en
I will leave you with a quote I can’t get out of head
“The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour” -Mehmet Murat ildan