Sunday, 30 July 2017

Boris Bikes and More


A picture post today!  I had the most wonderful day out yesterday.  After Louis' successful end to his lone trip to his grandparents' Essex home I decided to break his return journey by meeting him in London.  My day started at sunrise after catching the 06:20 train.  It denies me one of my little weekend lie ins but means that I can have a good long day in the Big Smoke.  I never tire of the amazing coastal views from the train between Newton Abbot and Exeter.


I think I've just discovered my favourite thing to do in London.  Louis and I met at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and hired 'Boris Bikes'.  Brilliant fun and amazing value.   The initial two quid hire charge gives you as many free journeys around London as you can muster  in twenty four hours so long as they're under 30 minutes each.  You just park up in another cycle terminal between time.  After that it's an extra £2 per half hour.  See the website for details. I think we may have exceeded the time once when we circumvented the Olympic Stadium.  So bike hire for two cost £8.    Our first port of call was the Velodrome.  Now Louis is a teenager he refuses photocalls but I just managed to catch him in the arena's selfie zone.


We ate cupcakes while we watched men with much more ergonomic bikes than own go for a spin. There aren't many other pictures from Olympic park.  We were too busy pedalling ourselves around this open space that's a great outdoor resource for Londoners and visitors alike.


Then what?  Well Louis' been going on about seeing the whale in the Natural History Museum for a few weeks now so we headed on over to the over side of the big smoke.  Just in passing, I'd say that hauling up at one of London's most popular indoor attractions on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the school holiday may not have been the greatest idea.  The queue to get in was enormous.  This sight greeted us as we came through the door of the modern wing of the building.


Ha!  Another sneaky shot of Lou.  It's blurry because we were in the simulator that mimics what is was like in 1995 Kobe earthquake.  The exhibit was recommended by some of our queueing companions.


We then walked through the part of the museum that houses amazing fossils.  Some of Mary Anning's finds are there.  There was also this ichthyosaur found in Street in Somerset.  No sign of dinosaurs there now.  On my last visit I only found bargain ski gear for Lou at the shopping village!


'What's your favourite animal, Mum?'  asked Lou.  I'm not sure that there's one.  Bears, meerkats, dolphins and sea otters are all up there.  And hares.  Here's a beautiful stone carving that I spied on the stone staircase in the main hall.

And here's the massive  skeleton that's replaced the usual dinosaur.  I don't know if the star of the show is the whale or the architecture.


Back to Paddington.  I always try to get there early.  The Mad Bishop and Bear is a gem of a station pub.


I can be a bit of a real ale bore.  So here's the perfect excuse for ending up here!

9 comments:

  1. What a great day. And such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing it

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  2. What amazing energy you have, work all week, up early to catch a train at an ungodly hour, cycling about... It looks like a fabulous day in our great capital city.

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    1. Didn't feel like I had amazing energy yesterday morning. I ached! xx

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  3. Such a wonderful way to see London. So glad you enjoyed your day together.
    Hazel c uk

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  4. I remember you commenting that you were intending to visit. It's great isn't it!
    Arilx

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    1. Excellent we'll be back. And we're looking forward to cycling around some of the other parks. xx

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  5. I love the idea of the bikes. Were there problems getting around in London traffic? JanF

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    1. No - where we went was almost completely car free. We stuck to the park and roads around. xx

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  6. What amazing energy you have, work all week, up early to catch a train at an ungodly hour,


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