Greenwich. Where you will find the Meridian that separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south (www.thegreenwichmeridian.org). Isn’t that cool?!!!
Last August 1, 2015, hus and I visited Greenwich. We took a bus from our place and ended up at the Island Gardens, the southern tip of Isle of Dogs. From there we took the stairs going down to walk the 1,217 feet long Greenwich foot tunnel.
A map of Greenwich
I. THE CUTTY SARK
The Cutty Sark has travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag, visiting every major port in the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922. Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving at her current resting place in Greenwich in 1954. www.rmg.co.uk
The Cutty Sark is open Mondays to Sundays, 10 am til 5 pm.
To see entrance fees http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/tickets-and-prices
II. GREENWICH VISITOR CENTER
We headed to the visitor center to get a map and tried on some sailor outfits.
III. OLD ROYAL NAVY COLLEGE, GREENWICH
We went to the Old Royal Navy College Greenwich and walked around exploring the area. They are open 7 days a week from 10 am until 5 pm.
IV. THE PAINTED HALL AT THE OLD ROYAL NAVY COLLEGE, GREENWICH
Wow, this place, absolutely beautiful! You will strain your neck looking up at the ceiling and at the walls. The paintings are amazing, the details are breathtaking!
The magnificent Painted Hall is recognized as the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, it was originally intended as an dining hall for the naval pensioners who lived here at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. www.ornc.org/paintedhall
The walls and ceiling were painted by Sir James Thornhill in two major phases between 1708 and 1727, and use symbolism to deliver powerful messages on a range of subjects, including the monarchy, religion, maritime power, navigation and trade.
At a staggering 5,683 square feet the Painted Hall ceiling is the largest figurative painting in the country. The theme of Sir James Thornhill’s exuberant lower hall ceiling is the triumph of Peace and Liberty over Tyranny. It pays tribute to King William and Queen Mary, seated in glory in the middle of the central oval, and the importance of naval power to the fortunes of the nation.
V. NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum. There is no entrance fee and they are open everyday, 10 am to 5 pm.
VI. THE QUEEN’S HOUSE
The Queen’s house was designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones as commissioned by Anne. It was to be her private place of retreat and hospitality. In 1618, work on the House was stopped when Anne became ill, she died in 1619. It was structurally finished in 1635 and the House reflects the Renaissance idea of mathematical, classical proportion and harmony. www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house
It was a pity that the House was closed for refurbishment when Marco and I went. They are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House in 2016 and are preparing for it. It will reopen again in 4 July 2016.
VII. THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY
We didn’t go in the Royal Observatory because we decided that it would be nicer to see the Greenwich Meridian line at night. But our schedule got filled up and we never went back. Maybe we can do it now that we are back in London.
The Greenwich Meridian line is located at the Meridian Courtyard. The entrance fee of 9.50 pounds gets you in the courtyard and the Flamsteed House. The Flamsteed House is the original Observatory building at Greenwich, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675 on the instructions of King Charles II. www.rmg.co.uk
VIII. THE TOWN OF GREENWICH
It was really nice to get to spend the day in Greenwich. We had lunch at the steps in front of Cutty Sark, feasting on our take out Paella. We also tried dairy free blueberry cheesecake, and dairy free ice cream. We did a lottt of walking AND a lottt of eating.