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    • Day 141

      London, England

      May 8 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Bob went to breakfast in the World Cafe.

      I continued to pack. I discovered that my duffle bag had a hole in it. I borrowed a sewing kit from Jenni and did my best to sew up the hole. We also got some duct tape from our room steward. Can any one say Clampetts? I am hoping that it holds! I will have nightmares of my belongings being slung all over the baggage claim carousel.

      I was relieved that everything fit in our luggage and most bags were under weight. My sweet husband was right AGAIN!

      We had lunch in the World Cafe with Dale and Jenni. While we were having lunch, we sailed by the newly installed flood control gates. They were testing these gates this morning which may have been the reason that we are coming into London so late

      We relaxed in the afternoon while finishing adding the last items to our luggage. We gave items away that we are leaving in the ship.

      We watched the ship dock in Greenwich. We arrived at 3:30 PM which is an hour and a half late. Shore excursions did not begin until after 4 PM. We are moored in the Thames next to a floating platform. One must disembark via the platform to an awaiting boat than to shore.

      This is the first time that we have sailed into the Thames during the day. We usually sail during the early morning which leaves a full day to explore London. Many people are upset that what is advertised as two days in London ends up being just one afternoon as most people have very early morning flights.

      We went down to the atrium to give our snorkel masks to Apple (our wonderful waitress in the Restaurant).

      We had our last aperitif before heading to the private dining room at Manfredi's. The Hollands arranged a dinner for Dale, Jenni, Jim, Janet, George, Barbara, Patty, Keifer and yourselves. It was nice to have the last diner with this group. It also minimized the amount of goodbyes we have to say.

      After dinner, we went back to our stateroom to put our luggage out. I wish that I had taken a picture of our luggage but I am fighting this cold so my brain is a bit fuzzy.

      We said goodnight for the last time aboard the Viking Neptune.
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    • Day 121

      Greenwich (London), England

      May 8 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Sailed up the Thames River on our way to Greenwich, our final port. Mixed emotions. Sad for this to end, good to be going home… Passed through the Thames Barrier, designed to hold back tidal surges and prevent flooding in London. Had a nice walkabout in Greenwich, one last church to see! Dropped in to Jack The Chipper for some great Fish & Chips. Our last night was capped off with a scenic river cruise up the Thames. Took in some great sites. Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Westminster Castle and Big Ben.
      Big Ben even chimed while we passed! Check out the video.
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    • Day 138

      Greenwich, England

      May 8 in England ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      The ship pulled into Greenwich, the final Port of our world cruise. We went to an evening ‘Ceremony of the Keys’ event at the Tower of London. Photos include us going into port and the evening skyline. Fantastic.

      Footsteps echo in the darkness. The sentry cries out, 'Halt, who comes there?' The Yeoman Warder replies, 'The keys.' 'Whose keys?' 'King Charles' keys.' 'Pass then, all's well.'
      Aside from the monarch's name, this is the exact exchange that has been spoken for centuries and forms part of the traditional 'locking up' of the Tower of London.
      Set amidst the mighty battlements of this ancient historic fortress, the Ceremony of the Keys is one of the oldest surviving enactments of its kind. Although the monarch may no longer reside at the Tower, the Crown Jewels and many other invaluable objects still do, therefore its importance is still relevant today.
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    • Day 1

      Greenwich (London), England

      May 9 in England ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Today is the final day of our glorious world cruise... and embarkation day for our follow-on cruise to the British Isles (England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland) and Norway!

      We took a sunny day's walk over to the National Maritime Museum, which consists of three connected museums: the Maritime Museum, (the largest in the world), the Royal Observatory, and the Queen's House (an art gallery of some 450 works).

      Completed in the 1630s, the Queen's House, a bright white villa, was at the cutting edge of architecture and design. It lies just adjacent to the Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), where East meets West!

      During the 17th century the Queen's House was a royal 'House of Delights': a luxurious retreat for Kings and Queens, a place of pleasure for court favourites, and a thriving studio for artists and craftsmen.

      Some of the art includes portraits of King Henry VIII, Sir Francis Drake, Napoleon. Admiral Nelson and many, many more.
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    • Day 121

      Greenwich, England May 8th

      May 8 in England ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      Our last day of the trip was in Greenwich England. Greenwich is a suburb of London.
      We started out this morning walking on our own through the city to the Queen's House and the Old Royal Naval College. We specifically went there to see the Painted Hall. Designed in the early 18th century by  Sir James Thornhill, the Painted Hall features more than 3,700 square meters of Baroque walls and ceilings. These surfaces are covered in striking images depicting 200 figures including kings, queens and mythological creatures. We has an excellent tour guide that took us through all the paintings in the hall from the zodiac around the scene on the ceiling in the main hall to each of the noble characters portrayed on the back wall. You could spend weeks in there studying the history of each painting, the contents and the historical significance of it all.
      We then walked through the gardens which are a very welcome sight since they are in the city and a huge open space for everyone to enjoy. There is a college there and people all around enjoying the sunshine, blue skies, grass, trees and nature. It was a great walk and you would not think that you are in such a large city.
      We then had a bite of fish and chips and pint of beer at a local pub, then more walking to the Royal Observatory where they studied the stars in ancient times. The only way that sailors could navigate back then was by the stars and understanding them. This is also the place of the prime meridian and the location of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) where all the time zones are based on.
      We then walked some more and found another pub for fish and chips and a pint before heading back to the ship.
      Our luggage is all packed, and ready to go for our trip home early tomorrow morning...
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    • Day 3


      May 5 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Greenwich è un antico villaggio che si affaccia sulla sponda sud del Tamigi, a pochi chilometri ad est del centro di Londra. Sulla collina che domina il villaggio sorge il Royal Observatory, lo storico osservatorio astronomico da cui passa il Prime Meridian e da cui si ammira uno dei panorami più belli di Londra. Greenwich fu sede di un palazzo reale e qui nacque il famoso re Enrico VIII. Questo luogo così ricco di storia è caratterizzato dalla bellissima architettura, dalla presenza del più antico parco reale della città e da uno dei mercatini più conosciuti. Certo è che la visita di Londra sarebbe incompleta senza una sosta a Greenwich, dichiarata dall'Unesco Patrimonio Mondiale dell'Umanità.Read more

    • Day 2


      July 2, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Šorīt pēc intensīvā koncerta un vēlās aiziešanas gulēt tāds nedaudz samīcīts rīts. Pēc brokastīm ejam vēl pagulēt un no mājām iztaisamies tikai ap pusdienlaiku. Nekas, nekur nesteidzamies.
      Uz mūsu ieliņas visā tās garumā kaut kāds tirdziņš. Visādi interesanti ielas ēdieni un lupatiņas.
      Metro un vilciena kombinācijā aptuveni 50min laikā nonākam līdz Grīnvičas parkam, kur atrodas 0’0’0’ meridiāns, kas sadala rietumu un austrumu puslodi. 18£ naudas gan nesaņēmāmies maksāt, lai tiktu pie pašas līnijas. Caur žogu pa gabalu iespējams uz to paskatīties. To arī izdarām un dodamies tālāk.
      Nejauši uzgājām Grīnvičas tirgu. Arī daudz visādi street-food no kuriem pagaršojām vrapus. Izskatījās gan nedaudz labāk nekā garšoja, bet bija ok.
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    • Day 2


      May 4 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Greenwich è un distretto di Londra, in Inghilterra, sulle sponde del fiume Tamigi. È celebre per la sua storia marittima e ospita la nave restaurata Cutty Sark del XIX secolo, l'enorme Museo nazionale marittimo e gli edifici classici dell'Old Royal Naval College. La moderna O2 arena si trova su una penisola a nord. Il Royal Observatory si affaccia sul tranquillo Greenwich Park e ospita la sede del Meridiano di Greenwich.Read more

    • Day 8

      Greenwich Parc

      April 8, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 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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    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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