Monday, January 6, 2014

Water Transport

Today's picture shows water transportation in London at the turn of the last century. I bet it would have been a magnificent ride to be on that boat.

When I visited London my biggest impression was how old everything was. Many, many buildings appeared to be very old, but they had modern features on the inside. It is like they kept many of the original buildings, and simply kept modernizing the inside part.


  1. I imagine that keeping the inside of those historic buildings is responsible for many of them still being there. Few people would want to live as their ancestors did without proper bathrooms and up to date kitchens; not to mention central heat and air. If updating was outlawed to save the "historic purity" of these structures, there would be fewer of them. Most would have been torn down and replaced with a more modern design and London and other historic cities would become just another big city like every other one you could see.

  2. Just wanted to mention that if you want to travel on this kind of old boat, the lake Leman (Switzerland) still offers a fleet called "Belle Epoque". Lots of routes and tours available all year long. More info here:


  3. While my dad had a parish in Chichester, we visited the house - now a museum - where one of Bloody Mary's many victims spent the night before his execution. It did have a proper "loo" and I'm sure the staff kitchens were up to date, but the floors had warped as the ground shifted and it resembled one of the skate board parks, with hills and valleys and banked turns.

    There is a church in Wales which was built on the side of a hill, and as the hill moved, so did the church. The center aisle is ( shaped there's not a square corner in the entire building. The windows are taken out from time to time and reset - glass not being particularly flexible - but other than that, since they can't stop gravity, the congregation just goes with the flow - literally.

    I was showing my godson pictures of the church, and jokingly said, "Do you remember the crooked man who walked a crooked mile? This is where he goes to church." The boy -who was at least 14 at the time - gazed at me in awe. "I didn't know he was still alive."

  4. enjoyed that story, Lady Anne.