The London Eye over the River Thames

The London Eye over the River Thames as viewed from the Westminster Bridge.

It’s easy to appreciate anything that’s 30 million years old, isn’t it? The River Thames falls into this category, although it’s flow pattern changed 10 thousand years ago during our last Great Ice Age, and more recently, about 3000 years ago. But still, you have to think it’s a pretty old river!

The River Thames flows entirely in England, running for 215 miles through rural and urban areas. It’s the only river in Europe to have a trail follow its entire length.

My first acquaintance with the River Thames was in stories my grandfather told, since he didn’t come to Canada until he was 18 years old. He spoke of playing on its banks as a child, then fishing as he grew older, since the Thames flows right through the ancient core of the city of London.

Modern London, which consists of the 2.9 square km center core of the ancient city, along with the metropolis that grew up around the core, is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and the largest city in the European Union.

The Thames, like other European rivers, was once the depository for the city’s sewer–the smell grew so bad that in 1858 parliament was suspended to figure out a way to clean it up!

Today, the river is popular for cruise boats and personally owned pleasure boats.

Cruise ships on the River Thames.

Cruise ships on the River Thames.

And me, while I didn’t hop on one of the cruise ships, I spent a great deal of time on the banks of the River Thames while enjoying the core city of London. Here are some photos.

London Millennium Foot Bridge

The London Millennium Foot Bridge over the River Thames.


The Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge over the River Thames. Built in 1894. Photo from the top of the double decker hop-on-hop-off bus.


Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings built on the banks of the River Thames in London. The bridge is Westminster Bridge. Photo taken from the top of the London Eye.


If you can’t visit London and see the River Thames yourself, this is a great YouTube video from the Travel Channel.


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