Greenwich

Trip Start May 30, 2008
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Trip End Nov 02, 2008


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Had heaps of fun with Jules and his Aussie girlfriend Ange last night - drinking pints at various pubs in Soho. And I made a new discovery, pear cider! Oh yeah! Stayed at Jules' house in Greenwich, where I was doing a tour the next day.
 
The tour was really informative and the guide was a crack up. We caught a boat from the Tower of London down the river Thames to Greenwich (wich = port, so Greenwich = green port, donchaknow?). The weather was a bit overcast, which didn't stop me from getting sunburnt and wind-blown on the top of the boat.
 
At Greenwich, the famous Cutty Sark (which I can't stop calling the Cutty Shark) was still under construction after it burnt down recently. We walked along the river to the palace and the Queen's house, which were beautiful, and then around to Greenwich park. Just before 1pm, a red ball on the top of the Observatory rises up a pole (a la the new years eve ball at Times Square but slightly less impressive), and at 1pm, it drops to the bottom, signalling the correct time. Apparently, though, about twenty years ago a storm rocked the Observatory and caused the ball to fall off its pole and go bouncing down the hill in the park. Ever since it was put back on it hasn't been the same, and occasionally gets stuck halfway up, which I think is pretty funny.
 
After the tour, I hiked up the hill to the top of the Observatory for some beautiful views of London. Unfortunately, I also got hit with the most intense hay fever I've ever experienced and so the view was slightly hampered by watery eyes and constant sneezing. Did the standing on both sides of the meridian at once thing, which really doesn't hurt as much as they say it will. Then got lost in the museum for ages. Once again, my inner science nerd came out - I was fascinated by the history of longitude, clock-making and astronomy. Took lots of notes that I won't bore you with, but for those interested, watch this TV series.
 
Walked under the Thames in a long scary isolated tunnel, and got a great final view of Greenwich on my way home. Lovely place, I'd like to go back and spend more time there someday.
 
 
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lind
lind on

you learn something every day
hey, I am a Londoner and I didn't know the 'wich' bit.

Pear cider? Nooooh.

That tunnel looked a worry.

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