2nd last London weekend, part II

day trip to greenwich

My favorite way to travel {especially on a sunny day}: riverboat.

You get a tour of the buildings along the river in London + you get a suntan + you get to Greenwich.

Some students and I took a day-trip to Greenwich, via a riverboat on the Thames, on Sunday. The riverboat is a steal, especially if you are Β a travelcard holder, in which case you get 1/3 off regular price.

We hopped on at the London Eye pier.

Can’t miss it.

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It’s a scenic ride on the river. You get to go under Tower Bridge, which is quite the sight.

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And you’re in Greenwich within the hour.

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It was around lunchtime, so we grabbed a bite to eat at the uber-crowded Greenwich Market. I got a chicken teriyaki dish because the line was the shortest, and ate it leaning against a wall because there was no place to sit. On a less crowded day, it would be quite a fun market.

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Greenwich is known for being home to the Prime Meridian.Β To get to it and the Royal Observatory, you hike up to the top of a steep hill from the center of town.

Incredible views.

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Unfortunately, the Prime Meridian was gated off and too packed to get near. Since it’s an arbitrary line anyway, we didn’t deem it necessary to wait.

Here’s a snapshot I took from outside the gate!

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We checked out the observatory though.

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…I touched a really old rock…

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….and enjoyed the interesting dessert options at the Observatory cafe. Not sure what a flake cone or Mr. Men Lolly is?

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Before heading back to London via the riverboat, we walked around the National Maritime Museum which is nestled between the Observatory and the river.

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They had quite the compass collection, and I marveled at how people navigated – then and now.

DSC_7249One of my favorite day-trips from London, mostly because of the riverboat and charming town center.

If you’re getting tired of all the travel posts – I remember coming back from being abroad and seeing people’s eyes glaze over mid-conversation about travels – sorry, my parents like them. I’ll be home soon though. And I can’t wait to bake.

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5 Responses to 2nd last London weekend, part II

  1. Looks like such a nice day over there!

    We can only guess what a Mr. Men Lolly is hahaha

  2. A flake cone is just a normal soft serve ice cream with a flake chocolate bar stuck into it like a straw. I promise you it’s a sunny day necessity and it just makes it a bit more fun! I always make sure to get at least one when I’m in the UK or Ireland.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_Flake

  3. Kristi M. says:

    Did you take a Thames Clipper boat, or a City Cruise boat?

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