East meets West at Greenwich : A Day trip from London

Greenwich is home to some great London attractions, like the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory with the Prime Meridian Line and the tea clipper Cutty Sark. It is a quick 30 minute ferry ride from Central London to Greenwich on the MBNA Thames Clippers boat services.  We had good view of London while on the ferry as we passed under the London Bridge and Tower of London.  Right by the pier you can see the Cutty Sark which is a British clipper ship, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest. Once we reached Greenwich we stopped to relax in the Greenwich Park before walking up on top of the hill.  From here you can see the River Thames and the whole city, from Canary Wharf and The O2 to The Shard.   The walk over to the Royal Greenwich observatory which took about 30 minutes.

The Greenwich Meridian separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south. Inextricably linked with Greenwich Mean Time, it also sits at the center of our system of time zones. Its path is determined by the location of an historic telescope, the Airy Transit Circle, which is housed at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.  On its path from pole to pole, the Meridian passes through England, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Antarctica.  We need to visit these places to see if they have the positions marked there as well – anyone know?

We stopped at the First Shop at Longitude 00’00 on the way back and took the ferry and cruised over back to London.  It made for a nice day trip from London.


Cutty Sark – a British clipper ship that you can visit in Greenwich

Greenwich village was refreshingly calm and quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of Central London


Greenwich Meridian

Greenwich Meridian that separates the East from the West

Greenwich Meridian
First Shop at Longitude 00'00

We love the red telephone booths and post boxes in England! I got made fun of for being shorter than the mail box!!

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