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Cutty Sark

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    • Day 30


      July 9, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      After disembarking from the Thomas Dugget (refer previous post), we spent the day exploring England's nautical history. First, we boarded the Cutty Sark, a former merchant ship that transported tea from China and wool from Australia to England. Next we headed up the hill to the Royal Observatory, where we learned about how the British learned to chart the stars and measure world time from a single reference point (the Meridian Line), both important navigational aids for sailors crossing the seas. We straddled the Meridian Line, standing with a foot in both the East and Western Hemisphere. All very interesting. For those who are Bridgeton fans, you may recall the Bridgeton clan and one Duke taking a very similar trip, where Daphne states that she's ".... not even certain what this meridian here at Greenwich is.” To which the Duke explains “It’s the point from which all longitude is measured. It used to be that sailors and navigators measured longitudinal distance from their point of departure, but in the last century, the astronomer royal decided to make Greenwich the starting point.” Daphne raised her brows. “That seems rather self-important of us, don’t you think, positioning ourselves at the center of the world?” “Actually, it’s quite convenient to have a universal reference point when one is attempting to navigate the high seas.”Read more

    • Day 27


      August 18, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      The theme for today was "no expectations and no regrets". We have lost the zest to do many of the things we had planned to do. We decided the most peaceful way to spend the day was on a boat, so we booked a Thames River Cruise.

      It proved a good choice. We went to Greenwich first and the boat was fairly empty. There were a few markets on and we saw the Cutty Sark. We strolled towards the Observatory but didn't have the energy to climb towards the top.

      We reboarded the boat and went all the way to the Westminster Bridge. We didn't disembark there, but stayed on until we got back to Tower Hill.
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    • Day 2

      Greenwich Foot Tunnel

      February 4 in England ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Der Greenwich-Fußgängertunnel (englisch Greenwich foot tunnel) ist ein Tunnel unter dem Fluss Themse in London. Er verbindet Greenwich auf der Südseite mit der Halbinsel Isle of Dogs im Stadtbezirk London Borough of Tower Hamlets auf der Nordseite. Der südliche Ausgang befindet sich unmittelbar beim Museumsschiff Cutty Sark, der nördliche bei den Island Gardens, einem kleinen Park.

      Entworfen wurde der 370 Meter lange Tunnel von Alexander Binnie, im Auftrag des London County Council. Er ersetzte eine teure und manchmal unzuverlässige Fährverbindung und ermöglichte es den auf der Südseite lebenden Arbeitern, rasch zu ihren Arbeitsplätzen in den Docks zu gelangen. Die Bauarbeiten begannen im Juni 1899, die Eröffnung erfolgte am 4. August 1902.

      Die Eingangsschächte an beiden Enden befinden sich in Rundbauten mit gläsernen Kuppeldächern. Aufzüge (1904 installiert, 1992 erneuert) und Wendeltreppen führen hinunter zur Tunnelröhre, die mit Fliesen verkleidet ist und einen Innendurchmesser von 9 Fuß (2,74 Meter) aufweist. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs wurde das nördliche Ende des Tunnels durch Fliegerbomben beschädigt. Dieser Bereich wurde nicht mehr originalgetreu wiederhergestellt, sondern mit Hilfe metallener Tübbings repariert.

      Der Tunnel wurde für 11,5 Millionen Pfund im Rahmen der Vorbereitungen für die Olympischen Sommerspiele 2012 restauriert.
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    • Day 26

      Back to london:(

      July 22, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      summary of the day: we left the ship to head back to london. after getting here we ate lunch and took a boat tour of the river thames which was not enjoyable because i’ve already seen most of it and it took forever and i’m ready to go home. the tour took us to greenwich where the prime meridian is but we didn’t actually have the time to see it making the whole excursion pretty redundant. just a few days left to go on this trip. i’ve loved europe so far but i am tired and want to go home and see my friends and my dogs and get ready for tech. the only thing here left that i am interested in seeing is the tower of london and buckingham palace.Read more

    • Day 6

      Cutty Sark

      August 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      A central theme in the school book is the history of Cutty Sark.
      Cutty Sark was built by John Willis to serve China tea trade in 1869. At that time Cutty Sark went on as the fastest ship in the world.
      10000 tea chests were loaded and brought back to London. A cargo that would be worth 18,5 million pounds today. Enough to make more than 200 millions cups of tea.

      Since 1957 Cutty Sark has been open for visitors in Greenwich. A major conversation project, that treat her fragile structure, began in 2006 and despite a terrible fire the following year the vast majority of her original structure survives.

      A much loved icon of London, today she remains one of the most famous ships in the world.
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    • Day 13

      Travelling the Thames

      August 11, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 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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    • Day 2

      Longitude Zero

      June 25, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      We landed at Heathrow Airport and, because we were carrying our luggage, breezed through immigration and customs. The Viking representative snagged us just outside the door of luggage claim to put us on the bus. The ship’s crew needed some time to debark our predecessors and make the ship ready for us, so we drove to a palatial Sofitel at the edge of the airport, where we killed about an hour and a half feasting on coffee, cinnamon buns, cheese and fruit. Another 90 minute bus ride brought us through Kensington and Chelsea, and along the Thames to Greenwich. There we boarded a tender that took us to the middle of the river, where the beautiful new Viking Mars awaited us. This ship is only one month old, and ours is only its second cruise. It is good to be in Greenwich again. We walked through the beautiful green lawns of the Old Naval College, saw the clipper ship Cutty Sark, and passed the church of St. Alfege, which contains the body of British General Wolfe, who was killed on the Plains of Abraham at the Battle for Quebec. He and his family were parishioners in this church. The congregation here also displays behind a glass panel the old organ keyboard used by the noted baroque composer Henry Purcell, who was choirmaster and organist here. The Royal Greenwich Observatory winked at us from high atop its hill at exactly 0 degrees of longitude. We grabbed a quick lunch at the World Cafe and found our stateroom prepared for our arrival. Much of the history of the English speaking world took place a stone’s throw from here and we are about to dive into it.Read more

    • Day 7

      Angekommen in Greenwich

      June 17, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Ein großer Wunsch von mir für unseren Londontrip war, Greenwich zu sehen. Warum, weiß ich nicht mehr genau. Daran geglaubt, habe ich nicht mehr. Ich bin aber sehr froh, dass es noch geklappt hat. Die Stadt war nach dem Bau des Palace of Placentia im frühen 15. Jahrhundert Residenzort mehrerer englischer Könige. Nach dem Bürgerkrieg verfiel der Palast. An dessen Stelle entstand das königliche Seefahrerkrankenhaus, dass sich 1873 zum Old Royal Naval College wandelte. Seit 1998 wird es von der University of Greenwich genutzt. Weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten sind das Royal Greenwich Observatory, der Greenwich Park und der Greenwich Market, welche wir allesamt angeschaut haben. Seit 1997 gehört ein Teil von Greenwich zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe. Die Namensgebung von Greenwich kommt vom altsächsischen und bedeutet grünes Dorf. Angekommen in der Stadt war bereits der erste Blick auf das Museumsschiff Cutty Sark wunderschön, noch schöner aber dann die Häuser und Gassen. Weiter ging es dann Richtung Greenwich Market. Zuvor machten wir aber noch einen kurzen Abstecher zur St Alfege Church.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Cutty Sark, Katti Sark, Каці Сарк, Къти Сарк, کوتی سارک, קאטי סארק, カティーサーク, 커티 사크, «Cutty Sark», Катти Сарк, Катті Сарк, 卡提沙號, 卡蒂薩克號

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