This week, in glorious late summer sunshine I took the opportunity to visit some London landmarks. Glad to climb back on a ship, (I was the only sightseer) I climbed abroad the Cutty Sark, the historic sailing vessel that was once considered the fastest ship in the world. The tea clipper regularly made voyages from London to China and the journey took 8 months there and back.
The Cutty Sark a beautiful piece of maritime history, is restored and polished and takes pride of place on the river at Greenwich. A magnificent sight. Her maiden voyage was in 1870 and 10,000 tea chests were loaded on each voyage. In a totally empty London city, visiting the iconic London landmarks with never offer an experience like this again - a chance to get up close and personal without the crowds. Give yourself a treat - you can even sit at the Captain's Table in the wood panelled dining saloon. Exhibits and film shows showing life at sea in those far off days are fascinating and there is even a life like hologram of a young crew member writing a letter to home telling all about his adventures and sea - and the sometimes horrendous weather conditions. When the cruise ships resume sailing, I will remember what life at sea was like before our luxury cruise liners. Roll on my next cruise.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.