In Greenwich for a Day

Looks like the cold dark skies of Winter are slowly rolling into London, the sun sinking lower into the sky each day in the hour after work.

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It won’t be long before we’re walking home in the dark.

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But while we still have Summer fresh in our minds, I’ll take you one a little photo journey through Greenwich.

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As I probably mentioned before, my parents were here from the States a few weeks ago.

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They organised a day out in Greenwich to meet up with friends and family who live in or near London.

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Heading via Canary Wharf to the DLR we made our way from west London to south east.

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We met near Cutty Sark, the dry-docked old British clipper ship (which had many other uses) that’s been recently restored after a fire about six years ago.

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I remember going on the ship when I was a kid and learning how to tie different types of sailor knots.

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I probably still have the one I brought home with me somewhere in one of the many boxes in my parent’s attic.

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We didn’t go on the ship this time, but we walked down to the Thames.

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From the railings lining the edge, we looked out over the brown river to Canary Wharf.

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Behind us, wildflowers were planted in nice little gardens surrounded by seating areas where people could relax.

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After that, we walked back into the village, past food stalls selling giant prawns.

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There was also trays of fudge, which was tempting but avoided.

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We had a pub lunch since there were about 14 of us.

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Far too many for impromptu meal organisation.

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We didn’t go this time, but if you go down there, pay a visit to The Trafalgar Tavern, which sits at the edge of the river, for a drink or two.

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We headed over to the market after lunch, losing each other as we split up amongst the stalls.

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With a fair share of original artwork and craftspeople sharing their latest inventions, it’s a bit different from a lot of the other markets in London in that it.

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My favourite bit was watching some of the artisans at work.

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Others were simply hanging out and waiting for buyers.

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It’s also under cover.

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One end has food – the usual market food – crepes, curries, paella.

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I was tempted to shuffle through stacks of secondhand books, but sadly have not found too much time to read this year. A few years ago, I read 52 books – one a week. This year I’m barely hitting 20. I guess that’s the way life goes.

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I didn’t buy anything at the market, but my cousin found a shop that sells old fashioned milk-bottles – not the glass kind, but the sweets. We enjoyed a few of those.

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And just across from the market, my dad found an old fashioned sweet shop with the jars lined up on shelves behind the counter.

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You could request a handful, which was weighed and priced out – of course, much more expensive than it would have been 50 years ago.

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My dad stocked up on rhubarb and custards, wine gums and a variety of other goodies that we all shared.

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We made our way to Greenwich Park then, the oldest enclosed park in London.

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My mom, Aunt Rhonda, Jorge and I took a walk while everyone else hung out on a picnic blanket, caught up and ate sweets!

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One of my favourite features of the park are the wide avenues lined with Spanish chestnut trees.

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Some of them are over 400 years old, which is pretty obvious from the size of their trucks.

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They are huge!

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Not so tall, but really, really wide.

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And the detail in the bark is incredible.

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Where next… so many options..

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We walked up a long sloping hill to the Greenwich Royal Observatory.

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Also up there is the Prime Meridian Line.

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Although the best part is definitely the view.

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When you look down, you can see the river snaking through the city, Canary Wharf, the O2, the Gherkin and the Emirates Air Line.

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We admired the clock for a minute.

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And everything else up there!

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We spent the afternoon in the park before heading back down the Thames by Clipper boat at sunset (a phone photo with good intentions…).

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Anyway, it would be nice to live closer because it’s beautiful place to be on a sunny day!

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17 comments on “In Greenwich for a Day

  1. I love Greenwich. I think it’s one of my favourite places in London. I especially love the park and the market. I still haven’t been to the observatory – must do that soon!

    • I think they did. They went to Devon for a week then and after that to Greece for about 10 days so they had a nice long break anyway! I agree with the slopes in the snow. I used to spend quite a bit of time in Blackheath and remember going to the hill to make snowmen…about 3 years ago…

  2. This brings back a lot of great memories from my first visit to London. I missed the park but I did get to go to the observatory and stand with a foot in either hemisphere.

    Good thing I wasn’t there at the fudge stall — I probably would have bought it all! Looks so yummy! 😉

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