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January 2, 2015

England: London, Painted Hall and Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich


Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel

From what we’ve seen, most visitors to Greenwich scurry up the hill to see the Royal Observatory and the prime meridian. At the observatory a line constructed in the pavement marks the position of the Greenwich Meridian, the consensus line of longitude 0°. Countless pictures have been snapped of tourists straddling the prime meridian line. (more…)

December 16, 2014

England: London, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel


The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Did you know it is possible to walk under the River Thames in London? There are two tunnels, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and the Woolrich Foot Tunnel, that pass under the Thames. These two tunnels are on the east side of London about 4 miles apart. (more…)

England: London, The Cutty Sark


Cutty Sark as viewed from below

Cutty Sark as viewed from below

The famous clipper ship Cutty Sark lies on the bank of the Thames in Greenwich. She’s been restored and is now open as a museum ship. For the admission price visitors get to explore the ship from top to the bottom. And I do mean bottom. Metal pillars support the massive 212-foot long vessel above an excavated hole. Suspending the ship in this manner enables visitors to walk underneath and get a unique view of a clipper’s metal-clad bottom. Exhibits along the way tell the history of the Cutty Sark and the clipper ships. (more…)

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