United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 65

 

 

Saturday, 28 October 2017, Ealing to Greenwich and return

 

Cold overnight, 5 C, stayed cold but fine all day, a nice day for a boat ride.

 

The action for today was to visit Greenwich and get there by a combination of train and water bus. Everyone up and rolling after another leisurely breakfast; what do you expect when the temperature is still 5 C at 9:30 am? A short walk to the train at Ealing, one line change and onto the pier at Westminster. Very easy transfer to the water bus, a catamaran similar to those on Brisbane and a 35 minute trip to Greenwich. Surprising how swift the River Thames flows so close to the mouth, although the tide appeared to be out. Nice along the river even though it was still a cool day and the wind blowing, quite comfortable in the boat. Lots of other traffic and moored boats and barges on the river and multiple bridges to travel under, including that famous landmark, the Tower Bridge.

 

Arriving at the Greenwich Pier we were alongside the Cutty Sark. This famous clipper ship, built in 1869, was one of the last clippers built and one of the fastest. Originally used for the tea trade between Britain and China, it was also used to ship wool from Australia to Britain and held the record sailing time from Australia to Britain for 10 years.

 

After admiring the fully rigged ship we had a 20 minute walk up the hill through Greenwich Park to the Old Observatory. A lot of history here with the buildings and the numerous astronomers associated with it. Also housed in the museum are artifacts and examples of clocks and telescopes used over the years to make the various observations that for the structure of time and astronomical management across the world. One clock of interest was the Burgess Clock, a mechanical clock that is rated the most accurate in the world. Tested and proved to be within half a second in a month. The clock is built using an old design with the result proving the success of the design.

 

After the history lesson, we wandered through the Royal Observatory where audiovisual and interactive displays showed the history of the world's astronomical observations and discoveries.

 

Following this with it getting colder again, we headed back to the pier for another ride up the River Thames and being the beneficiaries of a great sunset as we neared the London Eye and our destination.

 

Another 20 minutes on the train and home. A long but enjoyable day.

 

Tomorrow, we have to start the packing and see if the one of two purchases will actually fit into the limited space in the suitcases.

 

 

 

  • Family on the train bound for Greenwich Family on the train bound for Greenwich
  • Grandpa's Boy Grandpa's Boy
  • Three Generations of Bradford Boys Three Generations of Bradford Boys
  • The Old Observatory, Greenwich The Old Observatory, Greenwich
  • The Meridian Line, Greenwich Observatory The Meridian Line, Greenwich Observatory
  • The Time Ball; Built in 1833, Iconic time signal at Greenwich Observatory The Time Ball; Built in 1833, Iconic time signal at Greenwich Observatory
  • The Burgess Clock; The World's most accurate mechanical clock, loses half a second in a month The Burgess Clock; The World's most accurate mechanical clock, loses half a second in a month
  • The family at the Greenwich Observatory The family at the Greenwich Observatory
  • The Royal Observatory, Greenwich The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  • Therese communicating with milleniums past Therese communicating with milleniums past
  • London From the Greenwich Observatory Hill London From the Greenwich Observatory Hill
  • Ship in a bottle; at least someone could have got inside the bottle to assemble this one Ship in a bottle; at least someone could have got inside the bottle to assemble this one
  • The Cutty Sark, Clipper Ship Built in 1869 The Cutty Sark, Clipper Ship Built in 1869
  • Tower Bridge from the River Thames Tower Bridge from the River Thames
  • Sunset over London Sunset over London
  • Dusk over the London Eye Dusk over the London Eye
     

 

 

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