After stuffing our faces with our homemade pizza on Friday, we woke up on Saturday morning desperately needing some exercise. After all, all those carbs needed to be burned off. Considering the warmish day with spells of sunshine, we opted against getting the much needed cardio at the gym and instead donned our walking shoes, grabbed our sunglasses, and left the apartment.
Walking has become quite a passion for us. We simply enjoy doing it. Not only is it an easy and free way to get exercise, but it’s also a fantastic way to explore a new place. Somehow, whenever we go for a walk, we always end up walking down a narrow street or alleyway that allows us to discover places that we would otherwise never come across.
Yet, while allowing our legs to determine our route can be a very attractive option, we sometimes like picking a destination, a new place to explore. Saturday’s was Regent’s Park, one of the Royal Parks of London. We had been planning to go there for a few weeks, but never did, mostly because the past weekends have either been busy or threatening to rain – not the best time to go for a walk in the park.
Regent’s Park is about 2.8 miles from our flat. We crossed over Waterloo Bridge and started heading north-west in the general direction of the park. We didn’t look at a map until we got close to the park, wanting instead to find our way and in the process get better acquainted with London.
We made it to Regent’s Park in about an hour and were stunned by how absolutely beautiful and perfectly manicured the park is.
We walked along the lake and stopped to look at the ducks and swans, some of which were diving in the water. Others were just sitting on the banks, making what they probably think were menacing sounds and moving away when we got too close to them.
And we were pleasantly surprised to see a grey heron pretty close by.
Part of the lake was covered in green algae, and there were signs warning people to stay away.
We walked around for a couple of hours, and barely covered half the park. Which means we will need to go back!