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    • Day 193

      Maritime museum

      November 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Absolutely loved the first few pics - a photography exhibition in the Maritime museum :)
      Spent a few hours here and then scout came and met me and we did Morse code with lights and sound to each other in the kids area. It was actually quite hard to interpret it when you were hearing or seeing it. And we tried on the Antarctic room ancient and modern glasses. You would not be wanting to come here with the old ones let me tell ya that.Read more

    • Day 193

      Uber boats

      November 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Scout and I went to Greenwich markets after the museum and caught the ferry back to London Bridge ! Super exciting :)
      We stopped to take a photo and heard some girls singing in the apartment balcony sideways above us and so we started dancing from the street with them with our phone flashlights and they saw us and we all were dancing on seperate levels together for a min. Very funny - we laughed the whole way over to Borough markets which I have been to so many times now and we got some mulled cider mm mmm. Love me a good mulled anything. It’s her last day here before she goes to Munich tomorrow 🥺
      And here’s another museum photo from a mirror in the kids section :)
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    • Day 5

      London Day 2 - Part 1

      May 1 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Glad we came to London and seen some of the famous landmarks, but as we are both not city people, it was very draining on the brain, especially navigated around people at Buckingham Palace. We did, however, conquer public transport... I may have put us onto the other Greenich train (who knew there was two🤣) so we ended up in another station 50 minutes from hotel instead of 6 minute walk but we got on the double decker bus and was only 3 minutes from hotel, so win in my eyes 😁 The Thames river cruise was lovely and relaxing. Tomorrow brings us another public transport puzzle to get us to Southampton for our next adventureRead more

    • Day 4–7

      London Day 1

      April 30 in England ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Made it to London. Flight from Canada was delayed and then stuffed like sardines in a tin can for 9 hours. No sleep on plane 😪 3 trains and a wee walk (haven't received our U.K sim yet so no google maps) we made it to our accommodation for next two nights. Had a 2 hour nap as no sleep for 24hrs then went for a walk around Greenich. Ordered what I thought was bread and dips but was toast with butter and jam🤣Read more

    • Day 6

      Dummy spit at Greenwich

      September 1, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      I heard a dog groomer once say the biggest difference between grooming a dog and grooming a cat is this: when a dog gets upset or angry, you can give them a break, a treat, and then their good mood will be restored and you can continue the groom. When a cat is done,

      It. Is. Done.

      and there is nothing in heaven or earth that will return a cat to its good mood: no treat, no break, no distraction, no patting.

      I definitely got into the feline spirit in Greenwich. I might have been sulky around Greenwich Park, but I was insufferable around the Cutty Sark and by the time we were at St Katharine's Docks, I was practically a wraith.

      Still, there's no doubting that Greenwich has been my favourite part of London so far, and I will infuriate my partner when I recount for decades to come what a good time I had, when in reality I had absolutely no energy left to do anything but watch the inside of my eyeballs as if they were a cinema screen.

      Because Greenwich is set up beautifully for tourists, but all the tourists had gone with Bank Holiday and the end of summer, the place felt restored to itself somehow. The Cutty Sark precinct of course felt like a theme park, but a theme park at closing time: nostalgic and depopulating.

      I have been whingeing about how Queen Victoria has absolutely colonised London with her architecture and her propaganda, but Greenwich felt curiously 18th century, something not built for the likes of her. Walking through the observatory's hallways and stairways - all milk white, toast brown - and seeing the iron and brass instruments was properly transporting. The place was quiet, even with a busload of Spanish school kids giddy at the prospect of a good gift shop, which is after all the apex of any tourist experience, as every child knows.

      Mum, Dad, and Stuart were all absolutely energised and reassuring, a pleasure to be around, while I was all vortex and debility. After the observatory - where the greatest observation might have been Dad spotting the editor of The Guardian Australia - I broke off from the group and went to the Kings Arms to draw some architecture in my sketchbook and drink an oversized Lemonade.

      After that, a patrol around the cobblestones to look at Greenwich Market - I nearly bought a wooden watch with a teal face but then I remembered that it was 2022 and I didn't use a watch anymore, besides which I had the gorgeous one that Stuart gave me in 2018 which would not appreciate the infidelity. I didn't really want a watch. I just wanted the dopamine that comes from buying 1 x crapthing please. Yes I would like my crapthing giftwrapped.

      I ordered an espresso in Waterstones Bookshop and a small chocolate bar which had oxidized to the point where it was no longer a food item but some brownish chemical quiddity. I just opened the chocolate bar wide and ate none of it, looking at it, feeling like it expressed my soul.

      A ride on the brilliant DLR and then lunch at St Katharine's Docks in The Dickens Inn (named not after Charles Dickens but his (great?) grandson Cecil ) and the best burger anyone could have imagined did nothing to restore me to myself. You might as well have stuffed a beef burger inside an anatomical skeleton model for all the pleasure it gave me. But I was abstractly aware it was actually incredible.

      Coffee and real edible chocolate at Mum and Dad's place was a very gentle affair. I could tell how much they had pushed themselves to get the very most of out this foreign rendezvous with me and Stu, and I was moved by it. Seeing them really was a once in a lifetime experience, and I know that because it has only happened once in my lifetime. Hugging them goodbye will be a core memory now.

      That evening at home was a blur. The bathtub in our AirBnB doesn't work because the water doesn't heat up. And apart from that, the bath surface is grimy from a week of standing on it in the shower and we don't have cleaning products. Are we supposed to go to Tesco Express and buy bleach, pine-o-clean, sponges, and rubber gloves? The Virgo in me thinks this is a thrilling travel idea, practically the Virgo equivalent of bungee jumping. Cleaning in a foreign city? Where does the line start!?

      A curious thing about the day was that I got to see the true size of London, first by ferry (the "Meteor" clipper) and then by DLR. The tube has a funny way of folding London up like a map ready to put in your satchel, but the ferry unfolds that map. Mum and Dad's place at Tower Bridge was much further away than I could have anticipated - a full half hour ride. I'm glad we didn't try to walk it. The DLR too showed us plenty of poverty and really sad social housing and buildings demolished by neglect - I needed to see this. London was starting to get out of sight, out of mind.

      I was disconsolate by bedtime knowing that we had paid for two tours in a row the next morning, each 1.5 hours. I just wanted to stop.

      The sleep train hit me like the Victoria line to Brixton: fast and impersonal.
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    • Day 10


      February 12 in England ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      First time I've been here, and it was actually neater than I expected. Pics include the Royal Naval College, Queen's House, the Cutty Sark, the Observatory, and a pic with the Prime Meridian. Also had full sun for the first time 😂Read more

    • 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 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 9

      Septième journée : Greenwich

      January 9, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Pour la dernière fois pour ce voyage, salut!

      Effectivement, dernière journée d'activités aujourd'hui. Je repars demain matin. Avant d'en venir à ça, voici ce que j'ai fait aujourd'hui!

      C'était une journée plutôt tranquille, pas trop chargée. J'ai (enfin) pris le bus pour me rendre dans le coin de Greenwich. Après ce qui m'a semblé une éternité dû à des changements de bus, je suis finalement arrivée à ce que je voulais visiter en premier, c'est-à-dire l'observatoire royal de Greenwich! Je voulais absolument y être pour 13h parce qu'à cette heure exacte, la "boule du temps" (Time Ball) tombe pour marquer ce moment de la journée. Je ne voulais pas manquer l'occasion d'assister à ça! 😂 Après ça, j'ai fait un tour des lieux pour traverser de manière officielle le méridien de Greenwich (oui oui) et pour observer les institutions des alentours (le planétarium entre autres).

      Ensuite, j'ai encore fait une balade suggérée par mon guide dans Greenwich pour observer des monuments historiques surtout. J'ai observé une vieille église anglicane du nom de St Alfege pour commencer. Ensuite, j'ai fait un tour au Greenwich Market. Je me suis arrêtée dans une chocolaterie et me suis choisi quelques chocolats et truffes à déguster : c'était très bon! 😋 J'ai passé dans le coin du Old Royal Naval College où j'ai croisé plusieurs énormes bâtisses que j'ai trouvées magnifiques! Ensuite, j'ai vu un grand bateau du nom de Cutty Sark qui a marqué le 19e siècle en étant le dernier à avoir navigué entre la Chine et l'Angleterre à l'époque.

      J'ai terminé en traversant le fleuve pour avoir une vue globale de ce que j'avais observé de plus près plus tôt à partir de la rive nord. C'était tellement beau avec l'eau! À ce moment-là, j'ai eu une forte émotion parce que je savais que c'était ce qui mettait fin à mon premier périple en Angleterre. Réaliser ça m'a rendu triste et émue de tout ce que j'ai accompli et appris avec cette expérience. Je suis vraiment fière de l'avoir fait et j'encourage sincèrement tout le monde à réaliser leurs projets, quels qu'ils soient. J'ai éprouvé tellement de satisfaction à voir mon rêve se concrétiser quand j'ai passé à l'action! Et ça a été le plus bel accomplissement de ma vie jusqu'à présent.

      Sur cette note de style discours de motivation 😂, je tiens à remercier ceux qui ont suivi mon aventure. J'ai aimé vous partager mon expérience, ça m'a fait sentir un peu moins seule. 🙂

      À la prochaine!
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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

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Greenwich, غرينتش, Грынвіч, Гринуич, Barrio de Greenwich, گرینویچ, Buirg Londan Greenwich, גריניץ, ग्रेनिश, Գրինվիչ, グリニッジ, გრინვიჩი, 그리니치, Grenovicum, Grinvičas, Griniča, Гринвич, Гринич, கிரேனிச், గ్రీన్‌విచ్, กรีนิช, Гринвіч, گرینچ, 绿威志, 格林尼治

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