Ally Pally boating adventure

At the end of the my last blog post, my parents and I were full of food from my birthday picnic. We decided some adventuring was in order, and made our way up to Alexandra Palace for a walk and a jaunt on the boating lake.

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Actually, first we found the bar in Ally Pally and had a few drinks admiring the view!

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“Stand closer together.. no, not that close, you can’t see the view.. no not that far apart either..” – family photos are the best. We took heaps more with us and the view, but the breeze turned my hair into a beehive, so I won’t be sharing them.

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Best parents.

My mama had been suffering from some knee problems (she explained to me what it is, but in Polish, and for the life of me I dunno what it is in English) so when we decided to go boating (pedalo-ing?), my dad and I said we’d pedal and mama would sit in the back and admire the view.

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We hopped into our car-shaped boat, and started pedalling with great gusto… aaaand about 10 seconds later realised how much bloody effort it was.

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The boating lake is small but cute, with an island in the middle for the ducks. When I was a kid, I loved water (I still do!) and ducks – and with my little toddler Geordie accent, would shout at the site of a duck – “dooook!”. Geordie babies, what a hoot.

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The island in the middle is home to all of the ducks, and they’ve made some cracking nests along the side – there are cliffs and floating nests, like a little hippy ducky commune.

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Beautiful afternoon, thank you parents!

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Greenwich and Visions of the Universe

This Sunday, I took a trip out to Greenwich. I’d bought a couple tickets to an exhibition called Visions of the Universe, at the National Maritime Museum, so grabbed a friend and off I went. I’m a big space ‘n’ stars nut, one of my dreams is to use a “proper” telescope and see some amazing sites. In the mean time, to tide me over, we went to the NMM to enjoy what they had on. A beautiful exhibition, taking you to the Moon, the Sun, and through so many different galaxies and nebulae, I saw some of my favourites (the Horsehead Nebula!) and learnt more about the history of space travel. Interestingly, there were also a number of photos by (and of) Commander Chris Hadfield, who was captain of the International Space Station for 6 months and returned to earth recently. I follow him on Twitter and Facebook, he regularly posts incredible photos from space!

I definitely recommend seeing the exhibition – for adults it’s around £8 a pop, and there’s a whole range of different group tickets you can get, if you want to take children. My advice though is to get there early, as it got quite crowded around mid-afternoon and there was a queue – we got there early enough to waltz right in!

Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside the exhibition, but I can share what we did for the rest of the day in lovely Greenwich! We had the now-obligatory Sunday roast in a little pub near the Cutty Sark, then overdosed on ice cream, and got the still exciting  scenic route back into town – the Thames Clipper, one of the passenger boats you can get along the Thames. For about a fiver, you can go between Greenwich (and actually further out, I can’t remember where it starts though) right on through to Embankment and Waterloo – the scenery is always so beautiful, if you give it a whirl grab a window seat!

  

Exploring University of Greenwich buildings

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The water looked like diamonds!

The City always looks so good

Arriving into central London – Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, from the front of the Thames Clipper boat.

Another lovely end to a sweet weekend.