Dec
2017

Trains, cars, planes, & then some…..

GREENWICH & CLERKENWELL

This month I attended two London Led walks.The walk in Greenwich was a refreshing  5 mile circular walk through all the historic lanes & alleyways;in and around, then through the Royal Park taking in the stunning views of London, followed by christmas dinner at The Cafe Rouge.

Greenwich has always been a tourist destination and rightly so. I feel like I have missed out on so much, mainly due to the fact that I tend to go there on Sundays in the summer when it’s too crowded, and never really take the time to visit some of the museums. My to visit list features the Fan Museum.

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

 A winters stroll through the paths and passageways of medieval and revolutionary Clerkenwell.

The following Friday I met the south bank group at Farringdon Station, the walk was led by Martin Fidler;Artist and walk leader. Martin knows his history and we covered about 700 years of history in our two hour walk,  starting at St Johns Gates, venturing into 3 churches and ending at the library where Karl Marx studied.I will have to go back and visit some places, a it was a bit of a whirlwind tour covering a lot of history; being  a freezing cold day, & fascinating as it all is, the need to keep moving, meant we covered a lot in a short time.

Executions in Farringdon were a regular spectacle in those days.

Back to 2017 & Street Art.

Street art is something I find interesting and have come across a lot of it lately. Anyone that lives in this day & age can’t fail to see the relevance of this Tesco basic brand and it’s reinterpretation of it. I was walking down Brick lane last week and discovered this sprayed on a wall.Penge is a place I visit every now & then. I often walk from Brixton to Penge via Crystal Palace Park.

I’m not too sure who the guy in the Top Hat is meant to be exactly, of course it’s Top Cat America’s favourite wise guy,begging for cash, note the Halifax symbol embedded into his coat.Montcuq at Christmas time

It was great to see this in the window of an apartment in the village. A tribute to the passing of JOHHNY HALLYDAY

I  have a French film on DVD, in which Johnny hallyday plays the part of an ex offender, he’s pretty cool. L’homme Du Train, a real sweet film, available on amazon.

 

MORE ART

Furthermore this was an interesting sight, posted in the window of the corner gallery-a pop art print of the iconic Marylin Monroe next to the iconic image of Jesus and the cruxificion. 

After a heavy bout of flu & being bed bound, I eventually managed to get out to take a couple of short walks to clear the nasals it was lovely to be able to walk & not see anyone!

As I have mentiond in previous posts, this is an area where many pilgrims pass through on their long walks. A family friend  runs this hostel for the pilgrims so if any of you walkers are interested see my Up and Coming Walks Page; throughout the year I will be adding more information about different walking groups.http://icantexplainmyfeet.com/up-and-coming-event/

NEW YEARS’ EVE IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

I’m spending the remaining two days of the year in Sleeperz Hotel  Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. I can’t belive I went to school in Westgate Road and am now staying in a hotel here.

Out of all my visits, this place rocks like no other and I will never abandon my roots. 

From days when shipping and trading were busy on The Tyne.

 

Here’s to the Best city in the World.

 

Cheers to 2018 & Happy New Year