A Trip To Greenwich

May 20, 2015 by

We motored through London to get to the boat that would take us down the Thames to a new destination: Greenwich. I followed my cousin’s London-seasoned legs, the legs of someone who had been living there for months and was sufficiently confident with the city to be irritated with the vast number of tourists to ugly-face photobomb their pictures whilst walking. Yes, I was a tourist too, but we weren’t dawdling. We were on a mission.

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We opted to travel via Thames Clipper rather than City Cruise for slightly more flexible departures and to save a bit of dough. There are many ways to get to Greenwich, and I would definitely recommend taking a boat! It was a fantastic way to glimpse the city in a new way and experience the world-famous river (and even have a bit of it splashed on your face).

 

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I’ve always been a bit of a strange bird when it comes to weather. While some people complain and whinge about cloudy, spitty days, I bask and relish in them. It’s as if I were made for this part of the world. Well, actually, I kind of was, considering my dominant Irish heritage. It’s no wonder I get along so well with London and days like these.

 

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Once we arrived, our M.O. was simple: explore.

 

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Before long, we found ourselves at the Greenwich Market, a wonderful magical land stocked full to the brim with food and antiques. Yep, I pretty much lost my marbles in there.

It took us 0.5 seconds to find the dumplings.

 

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We gobbled them up as quickly as we found them (and I had a mini funeral in my head for the one I dropped on the floor, dumpling blasphemy!).

Antiques!

 

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I scrummaged around and bought myself a deliciously cute pair of shoes from Shoe Embassy, and this pin that I’ve already tacked onto my white coat for clinic in third year. For those of you who are just joining us, I will be in third year optometry school come fall 2015. My cousin Natalie and I split the Tweedle brothers; she took Dee, and I intentionally took Dum – as a reminder to stay humble and that I am here to learn!

 

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From the market, we wandered. Found more food and beer. Stuffed ourselves. Wandered.

 

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We made our way up the hill toward the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, and on the way, stopped to horse around at the Maritime Museum where there is a huge ship in a bottle outside. So cool.

 

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The view is nice from the top of the hill, and I found Greenwich to be a peaceful place, respite from the hustle of London. It was a perfect day trip, relaxing, fun and rejuvenating all at once.

 

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I don’t remember how much a ticket into this museum was, but it was gobs of money just to stand one foot on each side of the meridian line. Plus, we were due back to catch our ferry into London, so after a few quick snaps, we were soon making our way down the hill.

 

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Sorry to disappoint you… that’s not the ferry.

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Ah, just stretching out and cracking my metaphorical blogging knuckles. Pardon the *ahem* hiatus, but we bloggers have all been there at one time or another. I don’t believe in excuses, so I won’t give any, although I do have my reasons.

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12 Comments

  1. Um, wandering, food, antiques? Sounds like basically THE BEST DAY EVER.

  2. Oh, this is awesome! I visited Greenwich many times but I didn’t know about the antique market. London has so many hidden gems like this…

    On a side note, I hate the Seine River but I’m a huge fan of the Thames. The city did a good job of developing it (and keeping the shores clean and fun).

    • Colleen

      You’re right – the Thames is great, and there are lots of neat little spots around the water!

  3. OMG what a gorgeous place!!! It looks like you had the best time with your gf!

    • Colleen

      Saj and I had a great time with my cousin and her boyfriend. It was such a nice day. Thanks Andi x

  4. Sam

    Oh, I love Greenwich market! I spent many happy Saturdays there with friends as a teenager. And you know, even though I lived in London for the first 23 years of my life, I’ve still NEVER been on a boat on the Thames. This must be rectified. Perhaps even this summer!

    • Colleen

      It’s so cool that Greenwich is an old stomping ground for you! You definitely must take a boat on the Thames. I think you’d like it!

  5. It’s hard to have any regrets about a visit to London (other than it not being long enough!), but if I have one from our trip last year, it’s that we didn’t make it to Greenwich. We were planning to go and do essentially the exact same thing that you did (wander, stuff our faces with food, etc.,) but the weather just did not cooperate—it was cold and drizzling and it just seemed too miserable. I didn’t need a reason to return to London, but obviously now I really have to go back because Greenwich just looks so delightful (dreary weather and all!).

    • Colleen

      Oh, I can’t blame you for calling your trip off.. I have my limits too even though I love the rain. If it’s too cold, that combo doesn’t serve anyone well! The chill goes right to your bones.

  6. There you go again. Every time I feel like I have this bug under control, you go and write another post about another place I want to see!

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