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