2016-05-01 Cruising Association Accommodation, London Again another amazing clear, still and brisk morning in London Today we decide to take the train to the centre of London and save our legs We get off at the closest station to Tower Bridge Ric by the entrance to the Tower of London A quick coffee at “Paul” before another day of sightseeing We decide to take an open ferry ticket which allows us to hop on and hop off at any of the ferry terminals. It is a great way to see London from the water!! Approaching the famous London Bridge We had the pleasure of being privately shown through the Fishmongers Hall several years ago with our dearly departed English friend Peter Blackfriars Bridge is one of many bridges over the Thames, west of London Bridge The 3000 year old Cleopatra’s Needle from Luxor in Eygypt was granted to London approximately 130 ago. There are two others, one in New York, which is a pair to the one in London and the other is in Paris which is from a different region in Luxor Big Ben overlooks the Thames and the Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall The London Eye certainly is one of the most popular sights of the city The Millennium Bridge which is a pedestrian only bridge across the Thames was first opened in 2000. Shortly after, it was closed for a couple of years to fix the wobble which pedestrians experienced when walking across!!! The modern buildings blend well with old here in London Our first trip to Greenwich The British clipper, Cutty Sark which was built in the mid 1800’s and was involved in the tea trade and later the wool trade, lies here in Greenwich Village Many visitors climb aboard the Cutty Sark to look over the well restored vessel The Old Royal Naval College which is now used as a University was originally reconstructed as a Royal Hospital for Seamen by Queen Mary ll in the mid 1600’s We decided to take a tour, however we were the only participants, which was great The magnificent buildings of the Old Naval College with the Queen’s House in the distance The interior of the chapel which is part of the Queen Mary’s Building Looking towards the Royal Observatory on the hill with the open fields of Greenwich Park and visitors enjoying the lovely spring weather A wonderful view overlooking Greenwich and it’s wonderful historic buildings The world’s clocks are set according to the time of day on the meridian of Greenwich, Longitude 0 degrees We found our city, Hobart on the meridian line Ric checking out the clocks in the Royal Observatory at Greenwich An ancient clock on display at the Royal Observatory So many people visiting Greenwich today!!! A magnificent outlook from the Royal Observatory on the hill After having a look through Greenwich village we headed back to the busy ferry terminal The last stop on the ferry line is North Greenwich where ‘The O2 Arena’ is situated. Sports events during the Olympics were held here and now it is a venue for concerts etc. including roof walks on the O2 We head back towards the city and plan to take another curcuit of the hop on hop off buses We pass Limehouse Basin and our accommodation at the Cruising Association Building We didn’t quite make it to Buckingham Palace on this visit to London!! This is as close we got!! After spending half an hour freezing on the hop on hop off bus we decided to get off and head back to our accommodation Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.