Jason and I have been tempted to visit the UK for what seems like forever but it took Jane inviting us to her wedding to finally make us leave the pets behind and journey across the ocean. We couldn't travel all that distance and not make time to visit our friend Martin in London. So although Jason and I loved everything about Greater Manchester as well as road trips with Jane and Steve, we boarded a South bound train to The Big Smoke.
I still cannot believe we saw so much of London in just two days. Martin gave us an amazing tour of his hometown. He took Jason and I to as many of the cheesy tourist spots any of us could handle. Much of our visit was spent seeing places Martin enjoys spending time. He took us to two beautiful parks, Camden Locks and for a stroll along the River Thames. We walked more than Martin had intended but I just love long urban hikes even if I don't have Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley by my side.
The parks were full of happily romping dogs. In London parks the children play in a securely fenced area while the dogs run joyfully free. Why do American's have this simple thing backwards? It is healthier for dogs and safer for kids.
The Camden Locks seemed so tiny compared to Seattle's large Ballard Locks but the whole neighborhood as lovely. It is in Camden that I met Wilhelm's betrothed. This sweet little dachshund and her family were understandably avoiding the busy Camden Market. While most of the market is dog friendly, it is much too loud and crowded for a dog to be comfortable and safe. I did see a lot of dogs strolling along the River Thames. While also a crowded area, it is partially shady and there is enough space for dogs to enjoy the walk. We even saw some dogs walking along the river beach.