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National Maritime Museum Gardens

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  • Day8

    Greenwich Parc

    April 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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 😋

  • Day81

    Day 81: Greenwich

    May 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day23

    Greenwich

    January 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day7

    St Alfege Kirche

    June 17 in the United Kingdom

    Der kurze Abstecher zur St Alfege church war tatsächlich kurz. Ein kurzer Blick von der Seite und von vorne, da diese Kirche mir von Anfang an aufgefallen war. Wie so oft war die Kirche nicht zugänglich. Nach der Kirche ist Nadine noch in einen kleinen Souvenir Shop und hat etwas kleines für ihren Bruder besorgt, da er morgen Geburtstag hat. Ein Shirt vom Camden Market hatte sie schon, dazu jetzt noch paar Kleinigkeiten. Ansonsten haben wir uns komplett gegen Souvenirs entschieden, da man diese meistens eh nicht braucht und sie extrem überteuert sind. Nach dem Kauf des Geschenkes sind wir dann über die Straße in den Greenwich Market.Read more

  • Day7

    Greenwich Market

    June 17 in the United Kingdom

    Wir beide lieben Märkte sehr. Egal ob Flohmarkt, Stadtmarkt oder einfach nur ein Markt mit Essensständen, wir schlendern gerne durch und sehen uns alles an. Was für ein Glück, dass die Briten es scheinbar genau so gerne mögen. Wir ware bereits auf so vielen Märkten und auch den Greenwich Market wollten wir uns nicht entgehen lassen. Durch den Seiteneingang sind wir in den Markt. Sehr viel Essen gab es hier, dass unglaublich lecker gerochen hat, leider hatten wir einfach keinen Hunger. Positiv überraschend war hier die sehr große Auswahl an vegetarischen und veganen Essen. Insgesamt gibt es hier aktuell ca. 110 Stände mit Essen, Antiquitäten, Kleidung und Kunst. Gekauft haben wir hier nichts, genossen haben wir trotzdem das Bummeln durch unseren wohl letzten Londoner Markt in diesem Urlaub. Nach dem Greenwich Market sind wir noch kurz in den daneben liegenden Greenwich Vintage Market. Da ich, ähnlich wie gestern, durch das viele langsame gehen sehr starke Knieschmerzen bekommen habe, sind wir hier aber nicht lange geblieben sondern, weiter Richtung Greenwich Park.Read more

  • Day27

    London - Greenwich & British Museum

    August 27, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    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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