People always ask us about our travels and we love talking about them, but lately people have been asking us where all we have seen in England. We usually just look at each other and try and change the subject- let’s talk about Germany! or Spain! Because we really haven’t seen much of England. Mike has been to Stonehenge a few times with other people but that’s about it. So we are going to start trying to take some day trips to see the sights. We decided to start small and headed out to Greenwich on Sunday. We have lived here a year and haven’t stood on the Prime Meridian. For Shame! It was a beautiful day so we packed a picnic lunch and headed to the train station.
There is really a decent bit to do in Greenwich. We went to a market and then headed up the hill to the Royal Observatory. We didn’t go the the National Maritime Museum but I think we will try and get to it one day. The Royal Observatory was more interesting than I thought it would be. There was a ton of history about astronomy, telescopes, and even clocks. Honestly, I appreciated the development of clock because it was really interesting but I looked at some of their big ornate clocks and I feel confident that I’ve seen better. It is one area in which I am quite hard to impress. We couldn’t take pictures in any of the museum rooms. I did stop to get the obligatory Prime Meridian picture:
Confession: that is the Prime Meridian but not the classic picture spot- the line for that was over an hour and I don’t care that much.
After we thoroughly explored the observatory, we headed down the hill between the observatory and the museum for a picnic!
We laid on the blanket and read our books for awhile before heading down to tour the Queen’s House. View from our picnic blanket:
The Queen’s House is beautiful and has a great gallery and we spend a bit of time going through there. It is later in the afternoon and we decide to walk to the river and stop a a little pub to sit and watch the river for a bit (full disclosure: I read- water is water). The Greenwich Market is still open and we meander through the stalls getting some treats and laughing at the things people sell. Then we head back home and crash on the couch completely exhausted. Our first exploring day trip was a definite success!