Thursday, August 18, 2011

Boat Tour to Greenwich

On our first full day in London, we took a boat tour on the Thames to Greenwich.  The tour started at Westminster Pier, so we saw Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye as we got on the boat.  The tour took about an hour, and it was a nice, relaxing way to see the sights along the way.

In front of Tower Bridge
Our destination was Greenwich, which is bisected by the Prime Meridian and whose local time is known world-wide. 

My goal was to be in both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time.  Not as exciting as it may sound, but here are the pictures. 

You can't tell, but Sims and I are straddling the Prime Meridian here.

And so is Jason.

The view from the Royal Observatory, which I am assuming is the only place in the world where they have a laser line showing you the exact location of the Prime Meridian, is fantastic.

The fact that you have to pay to see the Prime Meridian is, well, genius.  There was a very long line of people wanting their picture made in front of the statue marking the line (the silver thing behind us in the photos).  We cheated and got our pictures made with all the people behind us.  Then we bought a mug.  'Cause that's what we do.

While in Greenwich, we also walked through the Royal Naval College, which had a lot of Latin that some people spent a lot of time trying to translate.  I loved the domed buildings and statues.

And here's another picture from Greenwich, just because I like it.

Jason with his mom, our nephew and Sims

I'm a sucker for photos of people laughing.  They always make me smile.

1 comment:

  1. my life is more complete after we hand entered the 30 or so lines of Latin into google translate. you missed out on George II commemorating one of his navy folks about a job well done during his time of service...