I love the slow travel life, calling a city a home for a few months, or a year while we explore the neighbouring towns, cities, counties and countries – but sometimes, I find myself remembering the conveniences of our home in London. We live on and off on the banks of the River Thames, in the docklands of Bermondsey, right across from Canary Wharf. As such, we spend much of our time on the river, taking the clipper boat, sitting in riverside pubs and watching the multitude of events that take place throughout the year – whether it be the incredible sight of a cruise ship arriving into London, fireworks over Canary Wharf and the city, the Tower Bridge raising to let ships pass or immense festivals such as the Tall Ships Festival.
The photo above is from the latter – The Tall Ships Festival – and more precisely, the Parade of Sail – which is the grand finale to the fascinating week-long activities of the The Tall Ship Festival, which sees hundreds of impressive ships sail the waters of the Thames each and every year. The ship in the photo is the Dar Młodzieży (“The Gift of Youth”) – a Polish sail training ship designed by Zygmunt Choreń, which launched in November 1981 at the Gdańsk shipyard, Poland. The ship, Dar Młodzieży, was the first Polish-built, ocean-going sailing vessel to circumnavigate the globe (1987–88).
To see the Tall Ships Regatta for yourself then head to the Thames around Greenwich on the finale day of the festival, and click here for more information.
This image from the London Tall Ships Festival is one in a series of travel photos that we will post to highlight the unique, less explored aspects of travel . Click here to see the whole series.