After seeing the Gauguin at the Tate I went on to the Boat Show. Between the two spent rather a long time walking and had time to come to an important conclusion: people walk too slowly.
I mean really, do you want to spend an hour more than you need to wandering the isles of the cavernous ExCel?
Of course each year have wondered if its worth going at all, but this year thought it might help with the problem of choices, choices posted on earlier.
Many of the options could be ruled out, starting with the shiny new and hence expensive yachts. Indeed I'm not sure that ownership is right for me apart from that gleam in the eye for an inflatable kayak, especially when there are so many sailing schools and holidays.
Again some like the Fastnet and Clipper require far too much time than work will permit, but that still left many possible alternatives.
But not just sailing: the boat show was combined with two others, the outdoor show and something to do with bikes (push bikes that is), and some of those trekking holidays looked pretty good too.
In the end that's probably the best reason to go to these sorts of shows. Unless you have something specific in mind what is interesting is what you find interesting.
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