London - Tuesday March 26
Then on to the Tower tube stop where I joined my third London Walk tour. We had a substitute guide, who didn't do the greatest job. He even scheduled the tour starting time wrong and we had a long wait after missing our ferry.

The boat ride down the Thames river to Greenwich was great, though it got a bit cool and I saw my only cloudy sky of the entire trip (it never rained all the time I was in England!).

We did get to Greenwich in time to see the ball fall at 1PM. I stayed with the tour for about another 45 minutes before leaving it and going on to see the observatory on the hill. I loved the early telescopes that are still in place and usable in the observatory.

Back down at the bottom of the hill, I spent a couple of hours at National Maritime Museum.

Cutty Sark ship - Greenwich
Cutty Sark - Tea Clipper

Cutty Sark figure head
The Cutty Sark's Figure Head is a witch clutching a horse's tail

fishing boat on the Thames RIver

Millennium Dome in the distance
Millennium Dome

Greenwich observatory - Each day the sun is measured. When the sun is at the very highest,
it is noon Greenwich Mean Time. Then just before 1 PM the ball on the top is raised.
At 1 PM it was dropped so the officers at the naval college could set their watches

straddling the Prime Meridian
Straddling the Prime Meridian at the observatory in Greenwich.
My right foot is in the Eastern Hemisphere and my left foot in the Western Hemisphere

Greenwich observatory telescope
Telescope in largest dome

Nauticalia shop in Greenwich
"The First Shop in the World"

To return to the city, I first walked through the 100 year old Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames River and boarded the Docklands Light Rail. This night was going to be my big meal out, but I was feeling a little beat and just took a long bath and had a snack in the Park International Hotel before going out to see Blood Brothers in the evening.

Blood Brothers is a musical that has been playing in the West End for 14 years. I bought the CD before the trip, so the music was familiar, but this was my least favorite musical of the trip. The story is pretty depressing.

Funny London sign

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