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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 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 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 4

      Soho and Central London

      April 16 in England ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      We've had some strange weather today. Sunny and warm, to cool and misty to downright cold with hail. But that didn't stop us! We went to Soho and window shopped. It is such a cool, eclectic community. We had lunch at Seven Dials.. The building used to hold bananas. Whole palllet loads were picked green and shipped from Central America, then stacked floor to ceiling to be ripened under the steel glass roof. Our meal was decicious: yum-yum rolls with pork and hoison sauce, rainbow coleslaw, and dumplings. The city is very eclectic. You could eat food from a different country at every meal.Read more

    • Day 71


      May 27, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Another sunny day in London!
      Today we caught the bus and then tube to Embankment, where we met Kathy, our Canadian friend who Gab had met on exchange in France almost 10 years ago.
      We caught the ‘Uber boat’ ferry along the Thames and got a fantastic different view of London from the water! Lucky it was such beautiful weather so we sat outside and enjoyed the view!
      We got off at Greenwich and walked through the old naval college/Queens house up to the Greenwich Meridian line - very cool!
      We then walked along the Thames to North Greenwich, passing the meridian line again as well as the O2 arena and the new cable car.
      We caught the Uber boat back to Embankment and walked through part of West End to a pub called Queens Larder. We shared a pint with Kathy at the pub before meeting her partner, Paul, at an Italian restaurant for dinner.
      We had a delicious mussels spaghetti and sausage pizza for dinner before walking towards Kings Cross where we shared another pint in the pub across the road from the station.
      After a busy day of walking and chatting (having walked over 20,000 steps), we headed home on the tube to bed.
      It was such a lovely time with Kathy after not having seen her for 5 years (back in Melbourne where we spent a weekend together in the city and doing Great Ocean Road)! We picked off just where we left off talking about travel, sport, jobs and life!
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    • Day 4

      A New Culinary Experience

      April 16 in England ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

      We went to 3KOBRO for dinner tonight, and the girls introduced me to Korean food. I had Bulgogi Bibimbap and LOVED it. We started the meal with pumpkin croquettes . Also delicious. I'll try the Korean place near us now.Read more

    • Day 6

      Es geht weiter nach London

      July 11, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Thema Nr.1: Was machen wir jetzt ohne Kennzeichen. Als erstes versuche ich die Polizei im nächsten Ort anzurufen, da geht nur das Band dran und ich komme nicht durch. Zweiter Versuch der Online Chat der Police Kent. Nach wenigen Minuten kriege ich eine Antwort: "Ich sollte mir doch ein neues Kennzeichen in der nächsten Werkstatt drucken lassen. Bis dahin darf das Auto nicht fahren."
      Okay nächster Schritt also Werkstatt finden und dort nachfragen. Wir finden 900 m weiter eine Werkstatt, verstehen leider relativ wenig am Telefon (der englische Akzent und das Rauschen des Telefons ist keine gute Kombi) und fahren (verbotener Weise) daher nach einem schnellen Frühstück den einen Kilometer zur Werkstatt. Nach kurzer Wartezeit kommt der Chef bei uns vorbei und wir erklären ihm unser Problem. Er ist so nett und whatsappt, telefoniert und fragt woanders nach, welche Möglichkeiten es jetzt für uns gibt.
      Nach 10 Minuten kommt er mit einem alten weißen Karton, Schere, schwarzem Filzstift und Klebeband aus der Werkstatt zurück.
      Er erklärt uns, dass es keine Möglichkeit gibt, ein so ähnlich aussehendes deutsches Kennnzeichen zu drucken
      ... und die Polizei müsste das wissen, also wäre sie schön blöd uns anzuhalten.
      Okay wenn er das sagt 😅
      Also male ich in bester Schönschrift ein neues Pappkennzeichen und der Chef klebt es mit uns auf.
      Er bittet uns kurz zu warten und kommt wieder mit einem Stück Klebeband und einem weiteren Stück Karton (für ein weiteres Schild, man weiß ja nie) und wünscht uns eine schöne Weiterreise.
      Was haben wir für ein Glück eine so lockere und nette Werkstatt hier gefunden zu haben. 😁

      Also fahren wir halb lachend, halb fassungslos, dass das jetzt die Lösung ist, wieder zurück zum Campingplatz, packen ein und fahren zu unserem geplanten nächsten Stop: London.

      Nach einer Stunde Fahrzeit, davon 20 Minuten durch die äußersten Bezirke von London (wieder einmal ein ganz neues Fahrerlebnis) kommen wir auf einem grünen Campingplatz mitten in der Stadt an.

      Um 16 Uhr machen wir uns auf den Weg zum berühmten roten Londoner Doppelstockbus, um in die Innenstadt zu fahren. 30 Minuten Bus, 20 Minuten Londoner Underground (U-Bahn) und wir kommen in Camdon Town an. Oh man ist hier viel los, dass sind wir gar nicht mehr gewöhnt.
      Wir kommen an vielen verschiedenen Läden vorbei und gehen ein Stück entlang eines kleinen Flusses, wo wir ein kleines Hausboot beim Schleusen zusehen.
      Nach einer leckeren Abendessenspause fahren wir wieder mit der U-Bahn Richtung Campingplatz. Auf dem Weg merken wir, dass wir direkt neben der Towerbridge entlang fahren und entscheiden uns spontan, hier noch auszusteigen und einen Abendspaziergang bei Sonnenuntergang zu machen.
      Im Dunkeln kommen wir wieder am Campingplatz an. GUTE NACHT 🌃
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    • 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 25

      Day 25: Royal Observatory Greenwich

      December 30, 2023 in England

      This was the highlight of our trip in Greenwich. We always love to learn more about Time zones and the Prime Meridian. We could step on the Prime Meridian, a geographical reference line that passes through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The Museums are interesting to visit. A funny story that we missed to record the red ball dropping ceremony happening every 1pm every day since 1800s. We were having lunch at the park bench inside the observatory. We saw the ball was about to drop. But Chris said that it would happen every hour. So we thought we had another chance to record it. But, obviously we missed our chance. Oh well, at least we had got a chance to see it with our eyes😅Read more

    • Day 5

      Meridiano di Greenwich

      November 10, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Considerato il “meridiano zero”, quello da cui dipende l'intero sistema di fusi orari, è il punto di partenza per misurare la distanza a est e a ovest attorno alla Terra

      Quanto costa visitare l'osservatorio di Greenwich? Questo museo patrimonio dell'UNESCO è situato tra il Greenwich Market e il Greenwich Park ed è ad ingresso gratuito.Read more

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