Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Greenwich

I think Jackie in Toronto has detailed and well researched posts on everything we saw in Great Britain.

Gattina in Waterloo, Belgium writes well with detail about what she sees when travelling and she took the same GB tour a couple of years before we did.

Marie in London writes mean travel details too. Her latest tour was Russia and her Russian tales are brill. OMG, how great are Moscow railway stations.

I respect them for what they do, but I am not them. Minimal research by me and mostly anecdotal and I don't apologise for that.

So here we go. Our first day in old London Town.

I worked out we could catch the 422 bus from near our hotel to North Greenwich Station, the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf then the Docklands Light Rail to Cutty Sark Greenwich. It was not the best or quickest route, but I knew how The Tube and the DLR worked. We did not know where to touch on Oyster cards on the bus, but the driver quickly pointed to where, and after that, we were confident.

At some point as you enter a DLR station there will be a touch on point but there are not gates per se. We missed the touch on point but we got away with it. It was not our intention to defraud.

Really nice hanging baskets at the Gypsy Moth Hotel. The photos look so dull though.


The entrance to something. I forget. Naval College?


A fine building. Greenwich really is a delight. We loved it.


We were in London not long after Gay Pride Week.


We wandered through Greenwich Market. We are over markets full of things we don't want.


R, it is expensive to see the Cutty Sark sailing ship. Look, we can see the Greenwich Observatory too if we pay more. We get two for one, at double the price. I could tell from other people being admitted that there were much cheaper deals to be had.


Being aboard the Cutty Sark was great. Oh my sail rigger, what a nice and large mizzen mast you have.


Good view of the City.


I can't remember if this was hologram. It looks like it. I expect he was writing to his mother.


The Gypsy Moth again.


The cabins as they would have been were so well done.


The officers' lounge. Note that when sailing ships did not have stabilisers there was somewhere where you could put your glass of rum where it would not be spilt if the ship rolled or rocked.


Aussie wool was part of the cargo for the return journey by the Cutty Sark to England.


As I said to Marie when we met the next day, who would have thought an observatory would be at the top of a hill. Well, I didn't. By accident we took the easiest path up to Greenwich Observatory and we stopped for breaks at seats in the shade. Note the outdoor diners on the far left in this photo.


The Observatory was very busy with tourists but our visit was not spoilt by the numbers of people.



Some VIP statue.


Greenwich Mean Time was very interesting to learn about and to this day it remains as what our time is based upon.




We were nearly ready to leave when I made R go back as I had not seen the time divider. To the right is east and to the left is west, and ne're the twain shall meet. R took a really bad photo of me straddling the line. 





We took the steep path back down to Greenwich. Almost at the bottom we passed a huffing and puffing older chap who I cannot imagine making it to the top. Maybe there is one, but if not there certainly needs to be some easy public transport up to the Observatory. It was a nice walk back and what to do now? 

We are hot and thirsty and a gin and tonic would go down well, so into the Gypsy Moth we went. We had bought a couple of bottles of wine at an off licence for later. We sat on high seats at a high bench and I went to get drinks. R does not like high seats at high tables. An ever so nice and helpful American woman explained to us how to order a meal, which we had no intention of doing. R spied the open court yard with shaded seats. I had left the wine behind and someone had handed it into the bar. 

It was warm, we were comfortable, our fellow drinkers were interesting. One refreshing gin and tonic turned into another. It was a lovely conclusion to the afternoon. 



I had been busy on my phone. We can just catch the 188 bus back to our hotel, so we did. The bus travelled along a route of a less wealthy area. It was a difficult walk back to our hotel. Later I noted that we should have stayed on for one stop more to make the walk easier.

We napped and then revived by a glass of wine, we set off to what I had spied, an old original dockworkers hotel surrounded by medium rise apartment buildings not too far away by foot. Again we sat outside in a really nice courtyard at The Pilot and had a really nice meal. 

We had such a nice day. Next post will be a Buck House visit and a nice lunch with Marie.

Later edit: Gypsy Moth was the name of Sir Francis Chichester's yacht whereby he was the first to yacht to circumnavigate the world's oceans to return to England.

33 comments:

  1. I like the Gypsy Moth. I also love the fact that in England their Pubs were given such interesting names!
    Great pictures.

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    1. Maribeth, we loved the Gypsy Moth. See the later edit about the name of the hotel.

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  2. Have just been back to read last few posts about your holiday adventures Andrew. Was the weather shockingly hot when you were there, you did mention the air conditioner? Nigel Farage is a real twat, hope he gets a right royal welcome when he goes home 😁 Looking forward to next installment ✨

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    1. Grrace, it was warm but not too hot when we were in London for five days, about 25 each day.

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  3. wow I know it from my own trips but always a great memory of London. THx

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    1. I am sure you do remember Gosia.

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  4. That looks, and sounds like a most excellent day. I am v glad for you and R.

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    1. EC, it was a really nice day albeit with some direction problems.

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  5. Thank you for the sweet mention. I look forward to your anecdotes esp. about fellow tour members.

    Greenwich is on my list for a trip to London, never been!

    G and T in the afternoon works well for me!

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    1. Jackie, as I am sure you know, your blog is a brilliant record of where you have visited. Not been to Greenwich? How amiss. It is full of tourists, for good reasons.

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  6. Greenwich has all the things I really like - historical sites, great pubs and gorgeous flowers in hanging baskets. Your photos and descriptions of places are fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. It is a great area in London.

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    1. John, we do and do so increasingly as we age.

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  8. You showed me places I have never seen or knew of. thank you.

    The Greenwich line made me smile. Thanks.

    Over from Cro Magnon.

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    1. Susan, I won't hold it against you that you arrived here from Cro. We had seen a little of Greenwich a few years ago and knew it was nice.

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  9. Cutty Sark is not a bad whisky, either I've not had one in years.

    Being aboard the Cutty Sark would've been an intriguing, awesome experience.

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    1. Lee, Cutty Sark was good, but seems to have disappeared from shelves.

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  10. When I win the lottery, I shall buy myself a mews house in S Ken. Until then I shall simply have to read of your tales.

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  11. Navel College? Surely you mean Naval. Unless it's the kind of place where you sit around contemplating your navels, like hippies (meditating).
    It all looks lovely especially the Gipsy Moth with the polished wood and the flower baskets.

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    1. River, I am sure I do mean naval. Thanks for keeping me on my toes.

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  12. Thank you for the compliment ! I have been there too, I think I have seen a lot in London over the years, especially when my son lived there for 10 years. What I did after some years, I always took a bus instead of playing a mole and seeing nothing. I had time and I saw a lot of London, rich and poor, on normal bus lines. I always do that now when I am in a city for a visit. Unfortunatly since the Olympic games London has changed so much, it lost all its charm, with these awful high glass boxes and the gherkin and the shard !

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    1. Gattina, I agree. While The Tube is great at times, London buses can be quite good.

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  13. Been catching up on your travel posts Andrew. I like the look of the Gypsy Moth, and all those flower baskets hanging outside. It's been many years since I visited London.

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    1. Sami, there are just flowers everywhere. Supplying them and looking after them must be big business.

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  14. The gates to the old Royal Naval College (your second photo) are impressive, but once you get inside, you can see the spectacularly symmetrical buildings in one view. Love it!

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    1. Hels, I think we could see the buildings from an elevated point, perhaps Cutty Sark. There was so much more to see than we could ever do.

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  15. I've only been to London once and was enamored:). I would love to see the Cutty Sark and the observatory AND...spend some time at the Gypsy Moth:)

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    1. Sandra, after hard day of visiting only two places, it was nice to reward ourselves with a drink in nice and warm surroundings.

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  16. The Cutty Sark was going to be the name of my boat. Now I am going to have to think up a whole new name.

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