Rue Catinat

12.4.05

 
London is a market, has always been a market, and it owes its character to the Thames...the Thames estuary is only a few minutes' flight or a four or five hours' sea crossing from the mouths of three great continental rivers - the Elbe, the Scheldt, and the Rhine; and, by the last two, the traditional route from Venice to Amsterdam, the richest seam in Europe, debouches in the North Sea. Opposite these rivers, placed at the crossing of the sea routes, the Thames turned London into a natural entrepôt, and centre for transshipment.

[V. S. Pritchett, London Perceived, Penguin Books, p. 74]

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