Archive for March 30th, 2011

I got some extra time off on Monday afternoon and of course made my way into Central London (where else would I go?) 🙂

Unlike other trips where my intention is to just go #walkabout, this time I had a particular destination in mind: the Monument, just over London Bridge from Southwark.

the monument london

the Monument, built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666

I am doing an article for the online travel site GotSaga, and have been gathering photos on various venues for the post.

After climbing the 311 steps to the top, taking my fill of the fabulous views from there across London and taking hundreds of photos (ok well maybe dozens!)

view of Tower Bridge in the distance from the viewing platform of the Monument

I returned to terra-firma via the incredibly dizzying spiral staircase, at which point I decided to go walkabout anyway 🙂

Let me say this right now……if you ever come to London….be absolutely sure that you go walkabout in The City of London.  It is fascinating.  I had noticed a fab clock on the side of the St Magnus-the-Martyr church just down the way from the Monument, so made my way there first.  whoo hoo!!! You will never believe what I discovered there, tucked away in an unobstrusive corner!

check this out!!!!

the remains of a Roman Wharf dated AD75 🙂

and yes I got to touch it. 🙂 I even took a photo of my hand touching the wood!! (don’t even say it, ok!) 😉

I will write more about this fantastic monument later.

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