Travelogue -- Ken and Carolyn Go To London -- 2008
April 7 -- Greenwich


We took the tube to the Westminster Station and bought tickets to the ferry and headed off to Greenwich, but not without photos of Big Ben and surrounding area from down at the docks.

It was COLD. I am really glad I brought that overcoat. Had the collar up (it has a wool over-collar that buttons to the other), and we went slowly up river to Greenwich. It was interesting, and I snapped photos of various buildings along the way. In some places it was fun to see the juxtaposition of modern and ancient architecture side-by-side.

When we got to Greenwich, we wandered around not finding the National Maritime Museum right away. D'oh. Follow the signs. Oops. We eventually found it and looked at some, although not all of the exhibits. Interesting stuff, including some photos from the late 1800s of the buildings along the Thames, and more recent photos that were matched up to show the changes. A room showing lots of different Navy uniforms. And much more.

After some time doing that, we had lunch upstairs, and then headed off, after finding the Tram wasn't running today (figures) to the Royal Observatory. The woman at the information desk warned us that the hill was pretty steep. Hmm. I guess it's all relative. It was a bit of a walk, but not horrible. Snow on the greensward left over from the day before. Trees, greenery, very nice. And a nice view from up there.

Of course we did some obligatory photos with the meridian and all that (I have one of Carolyn straddling the meridian -- the obligatory photo ...). The information on clocks was amazing. In general some nifty stuff. We didn't go to the modern observatory otherwise we saw some amazing things. Unfortunately, no photos inside. Oh well.

Eventually we came back down the hill. Then we went to The Queen's House. Art. Eeek! Don and I looked at each other and said "We're doomed!" He has more ability to wander around and look at paintings than I do, but I've gotten patient. I wandered through most of the paintings while Carolyn, Don and BJ were in the first couple rooms downstairs. Then I sat down on a convenient bench and waited. BJ was looking forward to seeing in person "The Battle of Trafalgar" -- a huge painting of the battle.

After finding out that "The Battle of Trafalgar" was on tour in ... America (figures -- BJ was disappointed - the Warder told us that it was on tour in "Dallas, Washington, and Texas" hahahahaha), and a chat with one of the folk working there about the ceilings, we decided it was time to find the rail back to Embankment, from which point we went to Monument Station (after a couple of false starts, because we were tired), and got on the train back to Sloane Station, and back home.

Good day. Tiring, but that's about normal. We ended up at The Queen's Head again for dinner, because no one was up to cooking.


Photos


Big Ben from the docks

An ancient place to
tie off a boat

The Queen Mary

Some dock at low-tide

The Golden Hind

Captain Kidd?

Water Stairs

Hahahahaha

National Maritime
Museum

National Maritime
Museum

National Maritime
Museum

CJ and Anchor

Royal Observatory

Park/Path to
the Royal Observatory

Park/Path to
the Royal Observatory

Park/Path to
the Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory

What a View

What a View

Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory

Millenium Clock

Millenium Clock

Prime Meridian

Prime Meridian

Prime Meridian

Observatory

Prime Meridian
with Carolyn

View

Modern Observatory

Modern Observatory

Despite the weather
Spring was trying ...

The Queen's House

The Queen's House


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