We arrived in the afternoon – and it was a beautiful day: Sunshine, blue sky and the smell of spring in the air. At the Millinium Pier we had to take the shuttle to FRAM which was anchored to the HMS Belfast. The Pier is close to the Tower and the Tower Bridge. Some of us stayed two days in London enjoying the bursting city with the new and innovative buildings, for ex. the Shard just the opposite side of FRAM.
Coming on board the received our cabins and jackets. Shortly before departing was the drill on Deck 5. At 5 pm the FRAM casted off and it started with the exciting opening of the Tower Bridge. The horn was blown three times when we passed by. This was the fabulous start of our trip on the Thames. Arne and Agnes gave some information about the history of the former use of areas like the old docks. After two hours we reached the Channel going forward to our next port. At 9 pm Captain Rune Andreassen gave us a warm welcome. A lovely ending of an exciting first day.