Adventures of a Wanderess – Day 17

Distance travelled: 6.75 miles
Salmon sandwich trip tally: 15

When I finally went to bed last night, I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do on Day Seventeen. There was rain forecasted so I considered visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum since I never have, but when I woke up, the weather app showed that the rain would be moving out around 10am. So I decided to stick with my other plan of wandering east along the Thames starting at Embankment Station, something I had attempted to do on my last day in London last year but was foiled by wind and rain. Today I only encountered mild wind and very brief sprinkles so it was a much more successful excursion. 

I walked along the embankment until I reached the Millennium Bridge – spanning the Thames between St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe – which I crossed and then crossed again so I could continue along the north river walk. 

After having my pic of the Shard photobombed by a pigeon…

…I eventually reached the Tower of London and while I didn’t visit it this time (I have twice before), I sat and had lunch at the neighbouring Pret. 

After lunch, I headed up to Tower Bridge to enjoy the view and the sunshine, but a back/shoulder ache from carrying a purse that I don’t know how to not fill with too many things and the beginnings of a headache led to the decision to catch a ferry at Tower Millennium Pier back to Westminster (since Oyster Cards are valid) and then the Tube back to Paddington. 

After a stop at Sainsbury’s for groceries, I made my way back to the flat for some caffeine and headache meds.

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