Exploring London Part II – via the Thames

Because there was so much we wanted to see in the UK we were only able to spend six days in London.

After riding around in the busses we took a river cruise,  giving a different perspective on the city.

 

 

We sailed beneath the Tower Bridge, saw the scaffolding shrouding Big Ben tower, the Tower of London, the London Eye, the HMS Belfast and a unique view of the city skyline.

We arrived in Greenwich (last photo, above) just as the light entered the golden hour.

 

Greenwich is home to the worlds fastest Tea clipper, the Cutty Sark. You can also find the Royal Observatory at the top of the hill. The 24 hour clock dates back to 1852. The red ball on the top of the Observatory is dropped at 1300 (1:00) every day. This signals all the ships in the area of the correct time – and this is where the phrase ‘on the ball’ comes from.  The most amazing thing to me was the International Date Line. I mean this is literally where time begins! Note the markings in the last photo – western hemisphere and eastern hemisphere.

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My next post will explore historic buildings and places in London – we chose just a few to tour for their stories, and were blown away by one on particular. Stay tuned!

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Exploring London Part I – on a double decker bus

I find myself playing the tourist again – this time we headed to the UK. The first leg of our trip is London, England. When I booked this trip we were looking forward to a vacay in cooler climates than Italy or Central America as in past years. Who knew we would visit in the middle of a record breaking heat wave! It’s been beautiful blue skies for our touring – much better than the expected showery weather.

We basically hit the ground running when we arrived. After a five hour power nap we took a little stroll to figure out the lay of the land.

Of course we found ourselves in front of the most famous address in the city …. Buckingham palace.

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With the city before us, we decided to take a bus tour the next day for a different viewpoint, and an overview of what London is all about. What we saw was a lot of traffic! But I did manage to get some interesting photos.

The Tower Bridge, the London Eye over the skyline, Big Ben shrouded in scaffolding, the Marble Arch relocated from Buckinham palace by Queen Victoria and intersting artwork just about everywhere.

In the next few days we visited many more landmarks – Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, several gardens and the place where time begins. (Greenwich). Our trip has just begun – stay tuned for more photos and commentary as time and Wi-Fi permit!

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