A Travellerspoint blog

October 2019

Highlights from the unparalleled British Museum

The Rosetta Stone, unearthed in 1799, enabled Egyptian writing to finally be decoded; the black slab dates from 196 BC

The Rosetta Stone, unearthed in 1799, enabled Egyptian writing to finally be decoded; the black slab dates from 196 BC

The Greek Revival façade has 44 columns in the Ionic order 14 meters high, closely based on those of the temple of Athena Polias at Priene in Turkey

The Greek Revival façade has 44 columns in the Ionic order 14 meters high, closely based on those of the temple of Athena Polias at Priene in Turkey

The Elgin marbles were originally part of the Parthenon in Athens and created around 440 BC; the removal of the marbles by the 7th Earl of Elgin is generally considered a theft but the British Museum has no plans to return them to Greece

The Elgin marbles were originally part of the Parthenon in Athens and created around 440 BC; the removal of the marbles by the 7th Earl of Elgin is generally considered a theft but the British Museum has no plans to return them to Greece

Easter Island moai, 1000 AD; the 1973 movie classic, The Day of the Jackal, used the British Museum as a setting

Easter Island moai, 1000 AD; the 1973 movie classic, The Day of the Jackal, used the British Museum as a setting

Granted it would be hard to view the Elgin marbles in their original location high up on a temple but they just felt disjointed and incomplete here at the British Museum

Granted it would be hard to view the Elgin marbles in their original location high up on a temple but they just felt disjointed and incomplete here at the British Museum

The Earl of Elgin removed about half of the sculptures from the Parthenon with the remaining half now on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens; you could spend days exploring in the British Museum and it's all free!

The Earl of Elgin removed about half of the sculptures from the Parthenon with the remaining half now on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens; you could spend days exploring in the British Museum and it's all free!

Mosaics from Ephesus, Turkey and Carthage, Tunisia; the British Museum collection today contains 8  million objects; only 1% o these objects are on display at any given time in 194 rooms

Mosaics from Ephesus, Turkey and Carthage, Tunisia; the British Museum collection today contains 8+ million objects; only 1% of these objects are on display at any given time in 194 rooms

King Ramesses II, 1279 BC; this statue, weighing more than 20 tons, was created from rock transported 200  kms from Aswan

King Ramesses II, 1279 BC; this statue, weighing more than 20 tons, was created from rock transported 200+ kms from Aswan

Painted wooden coffin from Thebes, 945 BC; founded in 1753, the British Museum opened its doors in 1759, 17 years before the Declaration of Independence

Painted wooden coffin from Thebes, 945 BC; founded in 1753, the British Museum opened its doors in 1759, 17 years before the Declaration of Independence

Relief with four figures of Bes, 1st c. BC; the popular dwarf god Bes, guardian of mothers and infants, was a ferocious protector of family and much relied upon to ward off evil

Relief with four figures of Bes, 1st c. BC; the popular dwarf god Bes, guardian of mothers and infants, was a ferocious protector of family and much relied upon to ward off evil

Colossal scarab, 1352 BC; the British Museum is the nation's most visited museum, with nearly seven million guests per year

Colossal scarab, 1352 BC; the British Museum is the nation's most visited museum, with nearly seven million guests per year

Mosaic from Halicarnassus, Turkey; the British Museum is the second most visited art museum in the world, after the Louvre

Mosaic from Halicarnassus, Turkey; the British Museum is the second most visited art museum in the world, after the Louvre

Nereid Monument, Xanthos, Turkey, 380 BC; the most popular exhibition at the British Museum was in 1972 when artifacts from King Tut's tomb attracted almost 2 million visitors

Nereid Monument, Xanthos, Turkey, 380 BC; the most popular exhibition at the British Museum was in 1972 when artifacts from King Tut's tomb attracted almost 2 million visitors

Winged human-headed bulls, Nimrud, Iraq, 865 BC; you don't need to visit the British Museum in person since it's the largest indoor space on Google Street View

Winged human-headed bulls, Nimrud, Iraq, 865 BC; you don't need to visit the British Museum in person since it's the largest indoor space on Google Street View

Black figured jug, Athens, 530 BC; the world-famous Reading Room has seen a veritable who’s who of legendary cultural figures, from Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx and Lenin to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Virginia Woolf

Black figured jug, Athens, 530 BC; the world-famous Reading Room has seen a veritable who’s who of legendary cultural figures, from Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx and Lenin to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Virginia Woolf

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Bodnant Garden - the best in Wales

Generations of Bodnant owners have traveled the world bringing back rare species such as the giant redwood, Chilean flame tree, Himalayan blue poppy and the handkerchief tree; the world's largest simulated wave pool is nearby too!

Generations of Bodnant owners have traveled the world bringing back rare species such as the giant redwood, Chilean flame tree, Himalayan blue poppy and the handkerchief tree; the world's largest simulated wave pool is nearby too!

The garden has 42 UK Champion Trees which are either the tallest, oldest and/or have the largest girth of their species in the country; the Brits take their trees seriously with a database of 150,000  and competitive bragging rights

The garden has 42 UK Champion Trees which are either the tallest, oldest and/or have the largest girth of their species in the country; the Brits take their trees seriously with a database of 150,000+ and competitive bragging rights

Lee was getting tired of Britain's narrow roads that were more like driveways bordered by high hedges so that it required cooperation if a car was coming the other way; the hilly, winding roads further complicated driving

Lee was getting tired of Britain's narrow roads that were more like driveways bordered by high hedges so that it required cooperation if a car was coming the other way; the hilly, winding roads further complicated driving

I was surprised at how hard it was to find recycling bins; they do have lots of wind turbines though but few electric cars

I was surprised at how hard it was to find recycling bins; they do have lots of wind turbines though but few electric cars

Lee is in front of the family mausoleum called The Poem; Rick Steve's gave the garden his highest rating noting that it is famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses

Lee is in front of the family mausoleum called The Poem; Rick Steve's gave the garden his highest rating noting that it is famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses

Each generation of the family added new areas to the garden by developing previously virgin land that they already owned; several family members have led the Royal Horticultural Society, Britain's foremost gardening charity

Each generation of the family added new areas to the garden by developing previously virgin land that they already owned; several family members have led the Royal Horticultural Society, Britain's foremost gardening charity

The Old Mill; Bodnant Garden was the second in the UK acquired by the National Trust after Hidcote; the garden is only 6 miles south of Conwy, Wales

The Old Mill; Bodnant Garden was the second in the UK acquired by the National Trust after Hidcote; the garden is only 6 miles south of Conwy, Wales

One member of the family, Dr. Anne McLaren, became one of Britain's leading scientists pioneering techniques of reproductive biology which led to in vitro fertilization

One member of the family, Dr. Anne McLaren, became one of Britain's leading scientists pioneering techniques of reproductive biology which led to in vitro fertilization

In the UK it's easy to get loaded down with coins since the smallest bill is 5 pounds or about $6; as a result, most people seem to pay with a card but here it's usually contactless while with American cards we always have to sign

In the UK it's easy to get loaded down with coins since the smallest bill is 5 pounds or about $6; as a result, most people seem to pay with a card but here it's usually contactless while with American cards we always have to sign

Bodnant Garden is famous for its laburnum arch, the longest in the UK, which flowers in May and June; photos of it in bloom are spectacular

Bodnant Garden is famous for its laburnum arch, the longest in the UK, which flowers in May and June; photos of it in bloom are spectacular

Bodnant Garden was another sight I was able to get in for free since I joined Britain's National Trust; it has more than paid for itself already

Bodnant Garden was another sight I was able to get in for free since I joined Britain's National Trust; it has more than paid for itself already

The house at Bodnant Garden is still occupied by descendants of the same family that began the garden in the 1700s; even though the garden is managed by the National Trust the house owner is garden director

The house at Bodnant Garden is still occupied by descendants of the same family that began the garden in the 1700s; even though the garden is managed by the National Trust the house owner is garden director

There were plenty of tour buses here but most of the visitors were seniors who couldn't navigate the challenging terrain around most of the garden; they could enjoy the more formal plantings near the entrance

There were plenty of tour buses here but most of the visitors were seniors who couldn't navigate the challenging terrain around most of the garden; they could enjoy the more formal plantings near the entrance

The roses look OK from afar but they were past their prime; my Dad would have noticed what I thought was black spot on them too

The roses look OK from afar but they were past their prime; my Dad would have noticed what I thought was black spot on them too

The Pin Mill from the terraces; the garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces and informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world

The Pin Mill from the terraces; the garden spans 80 acres of hillside and includes formal Italianate terraces and informal shrub borders stocked with plants from around the world

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Magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral in London is just stunning!

At 365 feet (111 m) high, St. Paul's was the tallest building in London until 1967; admission to St. Paul's is roughly $25 but fortunately it is an included sight with the London Pass

At 365 feet (111 m) high, St. Paul's was the tallest building in London until 1967; admission to St. Paul's is roughly $25 but fortunately it is an included sight with the London Pass

Lee and I climbed the 528 steps to the top of the dome at St. Paul's for the great views of London; we arrived in London to terrific weather with temperatures in the 70s

Lee and I climbed the 528 steps to the top of the dome at St. Paul's for the great views of London; we arrived in London to terrific weather with temperatures in the 70s

St. Paul's Cathedral from the London Eye; when it opened to the public in 2000 the London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel

St. Paul's Cathedral from the London Eye; when it opened to the public in 2000 the London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel

The stunning gold mosaics were added to St. Paul's between 1891 and 1904; we made frequent use of the London Underground, the oldest subway system in the world

The stunning gold mosaics were added to St. Paul's between 1891 and 1904; we made frequent use of the London Underground, the oldest subway system in the world

Horatio Nelson has the most prominent tomb in the crypt at St. Paul's; the crypt, the largest in Europe, serves an important architectural purpose as its piers support the cathedral above

Horatio Nelson has the most prominent tomb in the crypt at St. Paul's; the crypt, the largest in Europe, serves an important architectural purpose as its piers support the cathedral above

View of the nave from the choir; London has 170  museums (many of which are free!) and residents speak 300  different languages

View of the nave from the choir; London has 170+ museums (many of which are free!) and residents speak 300+ different languages

This large cruciform sculpture commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I; funerals of many notable figures have occurred here, including those of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher

This large cruciform sculpture commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I; funerals of many notable figures have occurred here, including those of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher

A view of Shakespeare's Globe Theater from the dome of St. Paul's; in 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games

A view of Shakespeare's Globe Theater from the dome of St. Paul's; in 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games

The Duke of Wellington was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister; he also famously won against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

The Duke of Wellington was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister; he also famously won against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

More than 750 million people watched the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral; more than 2 million spectators lined the route Diana took to St. Paul's

More than 750 million people watched the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral; more than 2 million spectators lined the route Diana took to St. Paul's

This gorgeous square adjacent to St. Paul's had ping pong tables, a checkers board and loungers to enjoy the warm weather; despite its reputation, London receives less precipitation than Rome, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney or New York City

This gorgeous square adjacent to St. Paul's had ping pong tables, a checkers board and loungers to enjoy the warm weather; despite its reputation, London receives less precipitation than Rome, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney or New York City

The font at St. Paul's was carved from blue-veined Italian marble in 1727; the cathedral has been shown in several movies, including Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes and one of the Harry Potter films

The font at St. Paul's was carved from blue-veined Italian marble in 1727; the cathedral has been shown in several movies, including Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes and one of the Harry Potter films

Florence Nightingale, buried at St. Paul's, is considered the founder of modern day nursing; she is popularly known as The Lady with the Lamp, making rounds of wounded soldiers at night

Florence Nightingale, buried at St. Paul's, is considered the founder of modern day nursing; she is popularly known as The Lady with the Lamp, making rounds of wounded soldiers at night

The Walkie-Talkie Building from the dome of St. Paul's; don't expect any selfies of me as I recover from Bell's Palsy which has temporarily paralyzed the right side of my face

The Walkie-Talkie Building from the dome of St. Paul's; don't expect any selfies of me as I recover from Bell's Palsy which has temporarily paralyzed the right side of my face

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached at St. Paul's on December 6, 1964; later, his wife, Coretta Scott King, would become the first woman to preach at St. Paul's during a memorial service for her husband

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached at St. Paul's on December 6, 1964; later, his wife, Coretta Scott King, would become the first woman to preach at St. Paul's during a memorial service for her husband

The dome is painted with scenes from the life of St. Paul and is renowned for surviving the Luftwaffe attacks of December 1940; the church became an icon of British resistance

The dome is painted with scenes from the life of St. Paul and is renowned for surviving the Luftwaffe attacks of December 1940; the church became an icon of British resistance

St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren in 1674, is 515 feet long and 250 feet wide making it the 4th largest church in Europe (after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedrals in Seville and Milan)

St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren in 1674, is 515 feet long and 250 feet wide making it the 4th largest church in Europe (after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedrals in Seville and Milan)

Henry Moore's 1983 sculpture of Mother and Child; Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world

Henry Moore's 1983 sculpture of Mother and Child; Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world

The Millennium Bridge across the River Thames connects St. Paul's to the Tate Modern; the bridge was nicknamed Wobbly Bridge due to excessive swaying when it first opened but 2 years of reinforcement work have eliminated that

The Millennium Bridge across the River Thames connects St. Paul's to the Tate Modern; the bridge was nicknamed Wobbly Bridge due to excessive swaying when it first opened but 2 years of reinforcement work have eliminated that

The monument to the Duke of Wellington sits prominently in the north aisle of St. Paul's; Wellington, New Zealand, one of my favorite cities, was named for the Duke

The monument to the Duke of Wellington sits prominently in the north aisle of St. Paul's; Wellington, New Zealand, one of my favorite cities, was named for the Duke

The Shard seen from the dome of St. Paul's; as you scan the skyline of London, you literally see hundreds of cranes as construction is going on throughout the city despite the uncertainties of Brexit

The Shard seen from the dome of St. Paul's; as you scan the skyline of London, you literally see hundreds of cranes as construction is going on throughout the city despite the uncertainties of Brexit

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Winchester - my favorite small town in England

In 2005, the cathedral was used as a film set for The Da Vinci Code, with the north transept used as the Vatican; the cathedral was not damaged during either world war

In 2005, the cathedral was used as a film set for The Da Vinci Code, with the north transept used as the Vatican; the cathedral was not damaged during either world war

The gorgeous choir stalls in the cathedral date from 1308; Winchester was the capital of England from the 700s until 1154 with the royal treasury housed in the cathedral

The gorgeous choir stalls in the cathedral date from 1308; Winchester was the capital of England from the 700s until 1154 with the royal treasury housed in the cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is 558 feet long and was consecrated in 1093; the cathedral is home to the 4 volume Winchester Bible which is the biggest, brightest and best surviving 12th century English Bible

Winchester Cathedral is 558 feet long and was consecrated in 1093; the cathedral is home to the 4 volume Winchester Bible which is the biggest, brightest and best surviving 12th century English Bible

Jane Austen is the most famous person buried at Winchester Cathedral; in 1348-9, the Black Death may have killed half the people in Winchester, the plague returned in 1361 and again periodically for centuries

Jane Austen is the most famous person buried at Winchester Cathedral; in 1348-9, the Black Death may have killed half the people in Winchester, the plague returned in 1361 and again periodically for centuries

There are peaceful walks along the River Itchen and I've seen video of the river otters that live here; unfortunately, they are primarily nocturnal so I didn't get to enjoy their frolicking

There are peaceful walks along the River Itchen and I've seen video of the river otters that live here; unfortunately, they are primarily nocturnal so I didn't get to enjoy their frolicking

Crowning the wall of Winchester's Great Hall is what centuries of mythology have dubbed King Arthur's Round Table; it's thought to have been made in the late 13th c. and painted in the reign of Henry VIII

Crowning the wall of Winchester's Great Hall is what centuries of mythology have dubbed King Arthur's Round Table; it's thought to have been made in the late 13th c. and painted in the reign of Henry VIII

Throughout England, I've noticed there are still plenty of bookstores and they seem well-patronized; the stores here get much more foot traffic because people aren't driving as much as Americans

Throughout England, I've noticed there are still plenty of bookstores and they seem well-patronized; the stores here get much more foot traffic because people aren't driving as much as Americans

The crumbling remains of early 12th century Wolvesey Castle; it served as the Bishop of Winchester's residence throughout the medieval era, with Queen Mary I and Philip II of Spain celebrating their wedding here in 1554

The crumbling remains of early 12th century Wolvesey Castle; it served as the Bishop of Winchester's residence throughout the medieval era, with Queen Mary I and Philip II of Spain celebrating their wedding here in 1554

The Winchester City Mill is a restored water mill situated on the River Itchen; it was recorded, milling corn, in the Domesday Book of 1086; however there are earlier references going back to 932 in the cathedral records

The Winchester City Mill is a restored water mill situated on the River Itchen; it was recorded, milling corn, in the Domesday Book of 1086; however there are earlier references going back to 932 in the cathedral records

The Winchester Guildhall, built in 1871, is now city hall; in 2016, Winchester was named as the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide

The Winchester Guildhall, built in 1871, is now city hall; in 2016, Winchester was named as the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide

I had a great view of the Winchester Cathedral out my hotel window; the cathedral was originally built in 1079 and remains the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe

I had a great view of the Winchester Cathedral out my hotel window; the cathedral was originally built in 1079 and remains the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe

The Butter Cross of Winchester is a Holy Cross, dating back to the mid-14th century; the city is 60 miles SW of London with 45,000 residents

The Butter Cross of Winchester is a Holy Cross, dating back to the mid-14th century; the city is 60 miles SW of London with 45,000 residents

Winchester's cavernous Great Hall is the only part of the 11th century castle that Oliver Cromwell spared from destruction; you can see everything from the entry before you shell out 3 pounds to enter

Winchester's cavernous Great Hall is the only part of the 11th century castle that Oliver Cromwell spared from destruction; you can see everything from the entry before you shell out 3 pounds to enter

Westgate is one of two surviving fortified gateways; rebuilt in 12th century and modified in 13th and late 14th centuries, the latter including a portcullis in the western façade and two inverted-keyhole gunports, the earliest in the country

Westgate is one of two surviving fortified gateways; rebuilt in 12th century and modified in 13th and late 14th centuries, the latter including a portcullis in the western façade and two inverted-keyhole gunports, the earliest in the country

This is now the only visible section of the city's Roman walls that remains; it was completed in the 3rd century and enclosed 144 acres

This is now the only visible section of the city's Roman walls that remains; it was completed in the 3rd century and enclosed 144 acres

St Swithun upon Kingsgate is a Church of England church, built in the Middle Ages; located above the medieval Kingsgate, one of the principal entrances to the city, the church is unusual in forming a part of the fabric of the old city walls

St Swithun upon Kingsgate is a Church of England church, built in the Middle Ages; located above the medieval Kingsgate, one of the principal entrances to the city, the church is unusual in forming a part of the fabric of the old city walls

One of the most easily recognizable landmarks in Winchester is the striking statue of King Alfred the Great, erected in 1899 to mark one thousand years since Alfred's death

One of the most easily recognizable landmarks in Winchester is the striking statue of King Alfred the Great, erected in 1899 to mark one thousand years since Alfred's death

Sound II is a statue by Antony Gormley in the floodlit crypt of Winchester Cathedral; I remember the song Winchester Cathedral which was a #1 US hit by The New Vaudeville Band in 1966

Sound II is a statue by Antony Gormley in the floodlit crypt of Winchester Cathedral; I remember the song Winchester Cathedral which was a #1 US hit by The New Vaudeville Band in 1966

My 90 minute tower tour at Winchester Cathedral involved the narrowest stairways and smallest steps I've encountered in a cathedral; it possesses the only diatonic ring of fourteen church bells in the world

My 90 minute tower tour at Winchester Cathedral involved the narrowest stairways and smallest steps I've encountered in a cathedral; it possesses the only diatonic ring of fourteen church bells in the world

This 16th century half-timbered building has been repurposed as a pizza restaurant; Winchester is just 14 miles north of the large cruise port of Southampton (and departure point of the Titanic)

This 16th century half-timbered building has been repurposed as a pizza restaurant; Winchester is just 14 miles north of the large cruise port of Southampton (and departure point of the Titanic)

The high altar at the cathedral features an ornate 15th-century stone screen;  the city is home to Winchester College, the oldest public school (boarding school) in the UK still using its original buildings

The high altar at the cathedral features an ornate 15th-century stone screen; the city is home to Winchester College, the oldest public school (boarding school) in the UK still using its original buildings

One of the earliest known medieval examples of a piped water supply is at Wolvesey Castle; the drains, still visible, emptied into the moat which surrounded the castle (seems like a design flaw to me when the river was nearby)

One of the earliest known medieval examples of a piped water supply is at Wolvesey Castle; the drains, still visible, emptied into the moat which surrounded the castle (seems like a design flaw to me when the river was nearby)

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Royal Greenwich and scientific achievements

The views from the Royal Observatory were phenomenal!; the observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II

The views from the Royal Observatory were phenomenal!; the observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II

Queen Victoria rarely visited Greenwich but in 1845 her husband Prince Albert personally bought Nelson's Trafalgar coat for the Naval Gallery; during our 10 days in London there was hardly a drop of rain

Queen Victoria rarely visited Greenwich but in 1845 her husband Prince Albert personally bought Nelson's Trafalgar coat for the Naval Gallery; during our 10 days in London there was hardly a drop of rain

The Royal Observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time

The Royal Observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time

The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe; Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe; Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

This is the uniform Admiral Horatio Nelson was wearing when he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was shot in his upper left shoulder and you can see the tear in the uniform

This is the uniform Admiral Horatio Nelson was wearing when he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was shot in his upper left shoulder and you can see the tear in the uniform

The Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK; Greenwich is about 5.5 miles SE of central London with the suburb having a population of 30,598

The Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK; Greenwich is about 5.5 miles SE of central London with the suburb having a population of 30,598

From the Royal Observatory we had great views of east London including the Shard and the Gherkin; large cruise ships dock in Greenwich while smaller ships can go as far as the Tower as London

From the Royal Observatory we had great views of east London including the Shard and the Gherkin; large cruise ships dock in Greenwich while smaller ships can go as far as the Tower as London

The Burgess Clock set a Guinness World Record for being the most accurate pendulum timekeeper of its type; the clock's time varies by only half a second in 100 days

The Burgess Clock set a Guinness World Record for being the most accurate pendulum timekeeper of its type; the clock's time varies by only half a second in 100 days

This model of the solar system includes the planet Uranus, discovered in 1781 by William Herschel from his home in Bath

This model of the solar system includes the planet Uranus, discovered in 1781 by William Herschel from his home in Bath

To help mariners and others in line of sight of the observatory to synchronize their clocks to GMT, Astronomer Royal John Pond installed in 1833 a very visible time ball that drops precisely at 1 p.m. every day

To help mariners and others in line of sight of the observatory to synchronize their clocks to GMT, Astronomer Royal John Pond installed in 1833 a very visible time ball that drops precisely at 1 p.m. every day

Edmond Halley was the second Astronomer Royal; from his September 1682 observations, he used the laws of motion to compute the periodicity of Halley's Comet in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets

Edmond Halley was the second Astronomer Royal; from his September 1682 observations, he used the laws of motion to compute the periodicity of Halley's Comet in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets

Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635 in Greenwich; it was the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in the country

Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635 in Greenwich; it was the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in the country

The iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was painted after the British defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588; it was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake

The iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was painted after the British defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588; it was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake

Across the Thames from Greenwich is an area known as the Docklands; at one time the world's largest port, the Docklands is now home to dozens of high-rises which are a mix of residential and commercial

Across the Thames from Greenwich is an area known as the Docklands; at one time the world's largest port, the Docklands is now home to dozens of high-rises which are a mix of residential and commercial

This book, published in 1573, is considered the world's first modern atlas; the National Maritime Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items

This book, published in 1573, is considered the world's first modern atlas; the National Maritime Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items

The National Maritime Museum was one of several free museums in Greenwich; I've about completely recovered from my Bell's Palsy

The National Maritime Museum was one of several free museums in Greenwich; I've about completely recovered from my Bell's Palsy

We visited the Museum of London Docklands before heading to Greenwich; the borough is easy to reach via public transit from central London

We visited the Museum of London Docklands before heading to Greenwich; the borough is easy to reach via public transit from central London

The Old Royal Naval College, built in 1692, was originally a hospital for British sailors; Christopher Wren designed the huge complex to impress everyone sailing past on their way to London

The Old Royal Naval College, built in 1692, was originally a hospital for British sailors; Christopher Wren designed the huge complex to impress everyone sailing past on their way to London

The largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world is aboard the Cutty Sark; the Brits are all super friendly and so polite

The largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world is aboard the Cutty Sark; the Brits are all super friendly and so polite

The stately buildings of Greenwich offer a stark contrast to the incredible urbanization of Canary Wharf and the Docklands across the Thames

The stately buildings of Greenwich offer a stark contrast to the incredible urbanization of Canary Wharf and the Docklands across the Thames

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