Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Friday, 17 October 2014

Excuse me, Mr. Wordsworth - today it's Albert Bridge.

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I do love bridges oh so much - and when I am in London I have the chance to really indulge myself. And always - always! - I walk over this bridge. Of course that means a lot of walking - but who will complain on a day like this?

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Will you join me? You are welcome! And don't be a coward when you see this sign: all that walking has kept us fit and slim.

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And the beautiful painted bridge pillars look quite solid to me.

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But of course I must ask you to put your sneakers on, as so many of you want to march across my absolute favourite bridge. Ah, and please remember: break step!

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 Glorius sight!
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 I LOVE when engineers start to become poetic! (I once even loved... - but that's another history).



Britta Huegel

 So this is Albert Bridge. (A German friend of mine thought it necessary to correct my pronunciation of "Albert" - there are two versions, I know - but as my dear late father's name was Albert, too, I pronounce him with the German accent, and 'Albert Bridge' stubbornly with an English accent - correct or not. ..)

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You feel a bit tired? Oh no - just think of what I plan to do with you in my next post - we'll walk through Battersea Park, Oh yes, we'll do... 

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16 comments:

  1. Prince Albert was German, so I think you are allowed to pronounce it how you like.

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    1. Thank you - many of my British friends choose the English version, too.

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  2. I do not like bridges. I have a tendency to close my eyes as I drive over one. So I will watch as you walk the bridge. It is a lovely bridge to look at.

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    1. Dear Emma,
      I feel with you - if they are very high they might be frightening. The only time I didn't like a bridge was a huge chain bridge that swayed in the wind while we walked over it.

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    2. That sounds like a heart attack in the making.

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    3. We reached the other side with our nerves intact - it was more long than high, otherwise you might have been right :-)

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  3. Such a wonderful bridge, and new to me! So much to see in London!

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    1. Dear Sue,
      an absolute 'Must' next time you are in London!

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  4. Dear Brigitta, this post appeals to my love of poets and bridges both! Experience tells me there is no clear separation between the two.

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    1. Dear Geo,
      I also cannot seperate them - both creating something that seems impossible.

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  5. It looks like a fairy tale bridge.

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    1. Dear Joanne,
      yes, like a drawing, mesmerizing.

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  6. Bridges are fascinating aren't they Britta ? I love all of the different designs and, for me, the fancier, the better. I find the Albert Bridge very modern looking even though it was built in 1873 !! …. and, it looks wonderful, lit up at night.
    I only learnt a few years ago that, Westminster Bridge is painted green, the colour of the leather seats in the House of Commons and, Lambeth Bridge is painted red. the colour of the leather seats in the House of Lords !!
    Looking forward to walking with you through Battersea Park !! XXXX

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    1. Dear Jackie,
      thank you for learning from you about the colours of those bridges! As to Queen Victoria: she must have loved pink+gold - think of the fence around the Albert Memorial.
      There was an exhibition about bridges in London just now, part of the River Festival - did you make it to go there?

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    2. My husbands relative designed the Albert Memorial !!! …. and, just to tell you that muff also has another meaning over here but much ruder !!!! haha
      I'm afraid that I didn't make it to the exhibition about bridges ….. I've also yet to visit the poppies at the Tower of London….. so much to see, so little time !! XXXX

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    3. Wow - that is very impressing (Albert Memorial) - did you blog about it? I am really interested!
      I know the other meaning of 'muff', as Tom S. will, I'm sure :-)
      I saw the poppies - worthwhile! - but couldn't make it to the bridge-exhibition (but saw "Bond in motion", ha).

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