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  • Day8

    Greenwich Parc

    April 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute genossen wir im Greenwich Park ein Picknick unter strahlendem Sonnenschein ☀️
    Danach erkundeten wir die Gegend. Unter anderem den Greenwich Market und den Greenwich Pier. Der Spass kam dabei nie zu kurz 😉
    Zum Abendessen gönnten wir uns einen Burger 😋
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    Sarah Müller

    Juppppiii

    4/9/17Reply
    Sarah Müller

    Gseht nochhere gmüetliche lustige rundi us. Vermiss di.

    4/9/17Reply
    Peter Zähner

    Ich frage mich nur wo das typisch englische Wetter geblieben ist ;)

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    Lara Steiner

    I ha t Sunna mit im Gepäck ka 😉☀️

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  • Day246

    Bootsfahrt auf der Themse

    April 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Es ist durchaus später, als ich es gerne hätte, vor dem Hintergrund, dass wir morgen wieder früh raus wollen um ein weiteres Abenteuer zu erleben. Wirklich was daran ändern kann ich aber nicht, wann anders als jetzt kann ich den Blog nämlich nicht schreiben.
    Mein Freitag hat ganz normal angefangen. Ich hab mich fertig gemacht und dann die Mädchen zur Schule gefahren, bevor ich das Haus geputzt habe, Tomke geweckt habe und ihr Frühstück gemacht habe, da hat die Ähnlichkeit mit anderen Freitagen also auch schon wieder aufgehört...
    Nach dem wir beide gefrühstückt hatten, sind wir über Thornhill mit der Oxford Tube nach London gefahren. Da sind wir beim Marble Arch ausgestiegen und dann sofort über mehrere Stationen nach Greenwich gefahren. Da sind wir dann zu der Observatory gelaufen, wo der Nullmeridian lang läuft. Von da oben hatte man einen sehr schönen Blick auf London! Als nächstes sind wir dann zum Pier gelaufen und haben nach ein bisschen Wartezeit ein Boot zum London Eye genommen. Ich bin noch nie auf der Themse gefahren. Die neue Perspektive war echt total beeindruckend! Das sanfte Schaukeln war auch toll und im Warmen, mit Snacks und Tee ging es uns extrem gut!
    Wieder auf festem Boden sind wir dann an den Houses of Parliament vorbei, zum Trafalgar und dann Leicester Square gelaufen, wo wir gegen vier Uhr dann unser Mittagessen hatten: Pizza. Danach sind wir fast zu voll um uns zu bewegen zum Buckingham Palace gelaufen um uns dann irgendwann nach einer kurzen Fahrt mit der Tube wieder in der Oxford Street wiederzufinden. Unglaublich viel haben wir heute nicht gekauft - wir waren brav. Als 'Belohnung' haben wir dann, bevor wir uns wieder auf den Weg nach Hause gemacht haben, einen Caramel Latte gekauft. Irgendwie brauchte ich das Koffein auch - vielleicht hätte der Zucker auch gereicht. Beides zusammen ist vermutlich Grund dafür, dass ich immer noch auf mein Keyboard einhacke.
    Zuhause hab ich geduscht und mich dann auch eigentlich schon fertig fürs Bett gemacht, aber angekommen bin ich da bis jetzt noch nicht... Hoffentlich gleich dann aber! ich hoffe, dass euer Tag auch schön war - vor allem der von der allerbesten Cousine der Welt! Nochmal alles gute zum Geburtstag, Lisa! Jetzt aber euch allen eine gute Nacht und bis bald!
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  • Day81

    Day 81: Greenwich

    May 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    London, as one of the world's pre-eminent cities, obviously has several UNESCO World Heritage sites ready and waiting for us! Four, in fact - the Tower of London, Westminster Palace & Abbey, Kew Gardens, and the Maritime buildings at Greenwich. It was the latter where we decided to head today, for the first stop on our tour.

    Headed out fairly early with Schnitzel, a couple of stops on the tube and then the DLR - a modern above-ground light rail system that runs out into east London. We arrived around 10:30am and set to exploring.

    There are several buildings here that make up the world heritage site - two large buildings of the former Naval College designed by the famous government architect Sir Christopher Wren (of St Paul's Cathedral fame), Queen's House which is a classical-style Palladium house built in the 17th century for Queen Anne, and the old Royal Observatory from which originates both the Greenwich Meridian (0' 0" 0.00s longitude), and Greenwich Mean Time.

    We started with the large Naval College buildings, which were very impressive from the outside but not much to be seen inside these days. One building has a super-impressive painted ceiling, a sort of English Sistine Chapel, but it's undergoing restoration and was basically not visible.

    Queen's House was quite nice as well, though it wasn't open either so we took a few photos and moved on. This area was on a bend in the Thames and in a large area of parklands, so we let Schnitzel run around off-leash for a while which he really enjoyed! Even managed to find himself another dachshund to play with.

    Last stop was the Observatory, up on a hill behind the complex, so we wandered up and had a look around. I went in while Shandos explored more of the parklands with Schnitzel, since she had been through on one of her previous visits to London.

    I really enjoyed the museum, as it was really well put together and clearly outlined why discoveries made here were so important. In the age of sail, latitude (distance north/south of the equator) was fairly easy for sailors to calculate, based on the positions of a couple of stars. But longitude was a much more difficult problem to solve. Eventually it ended up being a combination of moon positions vs stars, and comparing local time against Greenwich Mean Time, but for the latter to work properly also required major advances in timekeeping (ie portable clocks that wouldn't drift more than a few seconds each year, despite salt water, salty air, ships rocking etc). Eventually the problems were solved and shipwrecks became far less common!

    By now it was pushing 2pm and well past lunchtime. Being a Sunday, there was only really one possible option - a traditional Sunday pub roast. We headed to the Trafalgar Tavern on the Thames riverfront, back near the light rail stop, where we grabbed a nice warm table inside. I had roast pork, while Shandos had lamb, and of course we both had all the trimmings (potato, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, gravy and Yorkshire puddings). I had to sample their in-house beer as well!

    For something a little different we decided to take the underground passage underneath the Thames on the way back. The next station was just near the far end, so we didn't have to venture far out of our way!

    Back home around 4pm after a brief look around Angel, as Manchester United were playing Arsenal and I wanted to watch the game. But no such luck - none of the nearby pubs were showing the game, even the Ladbrokes betting house only had text updates! So back to the apartment, where I watched the game via an illicit stream. Crazy.

    Since we'd had an expensive lunch, we stayed in tonight for dinner and had more spaghetti with pesto. Did a bit of work on video and writing, and fell asleep listening to a podcast. Looking like a busy few more days!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Royal Gate, with the Naval College left and right foreground, and the Queen's House centre background (and the tiny Observatory on the hill)

    5/8/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Naval College, looking back to the river

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    Joel Baldwin

    London City, from the Observatory

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  • Day7

    Ausblick genießen, einfach wow!

    June 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Den Ausblick genießen ist in diesem Fall noch untertrieben. Noch von keiner Stelle in diesem Urlaub (mit Ausnahme von The Shard) hatten wir einen so schönen Ausblick und das trotz leider stark bewölktem Wetter. Vom Hügel aus sieht man in Richtung Norden ein Panorama mit dem Old Royal Naval College, der Themse, den Wolkenkratzern vom Canary Wharf in der Isle of Dogs, der City of London und dem Millennium Dome, auch genannt O2 Arena. Hier standen wir einige Zeit, bis uns dann der Hunger dazu getrieben hat, weiterzugehen. Von hier aus wollten wir dann Richtung Overground um zurückzufahren und in der Nähe unseres Hotels Abend zu essen. Nach unten ging es für uns nicht auf dem offiziellen Weg, sondern den Trampelpfad durchs Gras. Leider war unten kein Tor im Zaun und deswegen mussten wir drüber klettern. Für mich eine einfache Sache, für Nadine eine Qual. Mit dem Ansporn, dass sie sonst nochmal hochgehen muss, hat sie es dann doch irgendwie geschafft. Auf dem Weg zur Overground sind wir dann noch auf einen sehr begabten Straßenmusiker namens Stephen Spencer getroffen. Auf der Suche nach seiner Musik im Internet befinde ich mich noch.Read more

    Hans Gebhart

    Wow, super

    6/19/18Reply
     
  • Day13

    Travelling the Thames

    August 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The City of London claims that the Thames is "the cleanest metropolitan river in Europe". But from the banks of the river it doesn't look so. We definitely wouldn't be swimming in it, even if the fish have returned. Of course, a trip to London wouldn't be complete without a boat 🚣 ride along the Thames.

    We started out hiring bicycles 🚲 and cycled to the London Eye, avoiding the double-decker buses 🚌. From the London Eye, we travelled to Greenwich, and while not far from the London city centre, it isn't as crowded. It's definitely a great escape from the hustle and bustle of London City. We wandered around the borough admiring the palaces and churches; one church ⛪ claims to be the "possible" place of King Henry VIII's baptism, as he was born not far from the church in Greenwich Palace (Palace of Placentia). A trip to Greenwich also had to include crossing the meridian line, walking around the Queen's House, which was commissioned by Queen Anne of Denmark, the wife of King James I, and a walk under the Thames via the foot bridge.

    After the sites of Greenwich, we travelled upstream stopping off at each point along the river, finally ending at Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. We circumnavigated the Tower of London before walking across the Tower Bridge.

    The cycle home was pleasant in the 21°C English summer weather, although we got sunburnt and now look like the lovechild of Donatella Versace and Valentino.
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  • Day141

    Greenwich, England

    May 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 54 °F

    At London, our final port, we decided that we would spend our time walking near the ship's anchorage at Greenwich. We walked past the Cutty Sark, and visited the Royal Greenwich Observatory with its excellent display about astronomy and the calculation of longitude. I especially wanted to go inside St. Alphege's Church to see the organ played by Henry Purcell. While there, I was surprised to find a monument to General James Wolf, who died at the Battle of Montreal in the French and Indian Wars. After lunch at the Crown & Anchor, a proper English pub, we went back up the hill toward the observatory to see the rose garden. Unfortunately, no roses were blooming, so we came back down the hill to see the wonderful exhibits at the Queen's House and the Royal Maritime Museum. We finished across the street at the Royal Naval College and were awed by its lovely chapel. We were back on the ship for our last night of sleep in our wonderful little stateroom, and ready for an early departure on the morning of May 5, 2018, the official end of our Viking Ocean Cruises Inaugural World Cruise.

    Here are some interesting facts from our cruise:
    Highlights included : 5 Continents, 35 countries, 66 port stops, crossing the equator twice, crossing the international dateline, going through the Panama Canal and Suez Canal. Distance traveled approximately 36,000 miles.
    Some interesting facts:
    Only 476 people did the entire cruise from Miami to London.
    257 people did the cruise from Los Angles to London.
    62,181 Lbs. of Potatoes were peeled and consumed.
    114,633 bread loaves were baked.
    289,137 Bed sheets and pillowcases were washed.
    55,000 rolls of TP were used.
    Most importantly 124,081 bottles of wine were emptied! That worked out to 2.6 glasses per day for each passenger. This was at least double what Viking had expected. I did not get my entire share but others more than made up for it.
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  • Day23

    Greenwich

    January 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Today was a big day as there is a lot to see here, we didn't get to all of it.

    First up was the Cutty Sark which is almost all original then onto the Royal Naval College.

    The major showpiece here is the Painted Hall which was closed for filming but the chapel was open and breathtaking.

    Next The Queens House, designed by Inigo Jones. No longer a royal residence it houses some major works of art. Displayed are all the iconic portraits of monarchs and military heroes that crop up in every documentary on tv. Very special to see them in person.

    I probably didn't get the most out of the Royal Observatory as I was exhausted by then but I did learn there was an Astronomer Royal called Bidell......

    For the return journey we caught a riverbus rather than back on the rails, which I always enjoy, and gives you a different perspective on the city.
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  • Day27

    London - Greenwich & British Museum

    August 27, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After Bletchley Park I made my way to stay with Diane and Luke - thanks so much for having me! For my last full day in London I decided to cram in the two things I had been meaning to do but hadn't managed yet: Greenwich and the British Museum. As an added bonus I got to hang out with Diane all day as she came along too (solid effort after coming back from Japan yesterday)!

    To get to Greenwich we took a tour boat down the Thames (pro tip: 50% off voucher is online), providing a different view and commentary on many of the landmarks I'd seen before. Greenwich itself was a nice little town, and it's only a short walk up the hill to the observatory/museum/vantage point where the meridian line (#2) is drawn. I'm still a little hazy on how places claim to be the first in the new day on the west of that line, given that GMT+12 exists...
    The museum/observatory itself was not free(!) and maybe I've been spoiled but it didn't look worth the price.

    On to a much bigger and freer museum, the British Museum. Huge museum with tons to see - kind of an odd selection of artefacts collected from around the world. We were a bit limited on time so we just looked at the Egyptian, Greek, and Japanese sections mostly. The Rosetta stone was crowded but there was a replica in another section that you could actually touch and see up close. Lots of other cool Egyptian stuff like Cleopatra's mummy & coffin. The Greek section was mostly broken pieces of the Parthenon, a bit disappointing after the beautiful marble carvings in the V&A. The building itself had a very unique architecture too.
    Whew, busy last day!
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  • Day10

    Greenwich Observatory

    May 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A day for the Greenwich Observatory. We took the tour boat cruise to Greenwich Pier and did sightseeing along the River Thames.

    The Jubilee line broke down in the morning, as well as 3 other lines. Anyway, it was only a 20-minute walk to the London Eye Pier.

    The Observatory is inside a park. The famous Greenwich Meridian is inside the Observatory. We took photos with the Meridian, and of course, East meets West.
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