There are many ways to see London - by foot, rail, bus, boat, cable car or even the humble bicycle. Now commonly referred to by Londoners as the Boris Bikes, after the name of the floppy-haired London mayor who introduced the scheme in 2010, the city now has bikes for hire dotted everywhere, which offer a perfect way to see the sights at ground level. Pick a nice day and they are a great way to see some of London’s top attractions, or simply cruise through one of the many royal parks. You just need a credit or debit card and you’re away! You can even re-dock your bike whilst you wander off to have lunch or visit a museum, and then pick it up again and carry on with your journey. Our main advice would be to plan your route a little to avoid the main roads, and make sure you carefully read the time limits and prices to ensure you make it a cheap day out. Oh, and to watch this video, of course!
The best travel experience I ever had was sailing with seven others from the coast of Colombia to Panama via the most picturesque Caribbean Islands on earth. The ship was captained by a fifty year old German and his twenty one year old Italian girlfriend, along with their uncharismatic but doted-upon Labrador, Neptune. The trip was bizarre and involved a lot of bickering between our hosts as well as our captain who, every night, enjoyed sharing his metaphorical analogies on life sitting on deck under a starry sky. The islands were paradise and the experience I wouldn’t change for anything.
The next travel experience I would like to have would perhaps be a simple one. I would like to take my bike and cycle through France camping along the way; eating French stick sandwiches made at the roadside and drinking cheap wine whilst stoking the fire at sundown. Otherwise, I’d swim in French lakes and challenge an old French man to a six hour boule contest in the midday sun.
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