Fishing Blog primarily about fly fishing in the UK and USA. The objective is to promote the gentle art of casting the fly and catching beautiful fish. The author although a qualified fly fishing instructor with 40 years experience does not teach commercially but likes teaching and promoting fly fishing as a hobby.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
If you’re not fishing London is the place to be!
My son Daniel’s
business trip to London provided an opportunity for him to meet up with my wife
and I and a couple of his sisters.The
chosen meeting point was the Tate Modern.This is a modern art gallery housed in what was a huge power station on
the bank of the River Thames.Normally
you would not find me in Central London on a Saturday so the crowds as we
walked from London Bridge railway station through Borough Market came as a bit
of a surprise.All along the river
embankment there were crowds of happy people strutting their stuff and even a
group (probably from Wales) singing.
Here is our little
group, yours truly on the left, then my wife Rosalind, then Daniel and finally
Rachel and Lorraine.In the background
you can see the famous Millennium Suspension Foot Bridge.
We met up outside the
gallery where there was live music and various street performers doing their
This anti- gravity man
nearly had us fooled, but we worked out how it was done.
I like creating bubbles
for our youngest grandchildren but this chap has taken it to a whole new level.
The art galleries and
museums in the UK are free although they do charge if you want to visit their
special exhibitions.I must admit to
having a bit of a sceptical response to modern art, some of it is clever, some
even skilful but I think a lot of it is a con, and it reminds me of the
“Emperor’s Clothes” fable.
Daniel said that he was
taught during art lessons that letting the paint run was something to be avoided;
obviously this artist missed that lesson!
If you are going to
visit an art gallery or museum try to join up with a conducted tour given by
someone who knows about the exhibits as that can really enrich the
This video clip was
taken from one of the Tate Modern’s balconies and shows a panorama of the
river.On the extreme right (and not completely shown) is the new
tower block with concaved glazed elevations which during sunny days have
focussed the sun’s rays and melted the plastic on cars and set fire to the
paintwork outside shops.Sadly they
obviously don’t teach basic physics to architects!
ourselves looking at art and the skyline we crossed the Millenium Bridge to walk to the Museum of London.
Another interesting way
to see London is by doing a river tour on a river bus.
The main interest for
us in the Museum of London is the Lord Mayor’s coach; this is because we
understand that Rosalind’s cousin, Fiona Wolfe is going to be made the Lord
Mayor of the City of London in November.She will be the 2nd female Lord Mayor, lady Lord Mayors are a
Then we jumped on the
tube (underground railway) and headed to Covent Garden where there are lots of
good restaurants.As you can see from
the view up the escalator the tubes that the trains run through are a long way
under the surface.During the Second World
War they were a popular place to sleep to avoid the German bombing.
We ended up at Covent
Garden somewhere that all visitors to London should experience. There are street performers and musicians and the place has a real buzz. It is a good place to eat so we enjoyed a busy Mexican restaurant where the food was very good.Then we went to watch the buskers and eat ice
cream.Sadly we all had to part company
and wend our different ways.Fortunately
Rosalind remembered she was coming home with me!