Maritime Greenwich in London

The Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf from the Royal Observatory

The Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf from the Royal Observatory

If you haven’t been yet, go. Change your plans for next weekend. Greenwich is it’s own little town within London, and it has much more to see than the Meridian Line (which was a slight letdown).

Greenwich reminded me of Bath, England and Steveston Village, BC all mashed into one. It’s on the water, is home to the famous Cutty Sark ship (which was under construction when Jenny and I visited), but has all the old architecture you would find in a historic English town.

I really wanted to see was the Old Royal Naval College. It is still in use today for educational purposes, but is also a very popular filming location. One of my teenage favourites, What a Girl Wants, was filmed in here. A more recent example is Pirates of the Caribbean 4, which I neglected to see. I did however see the costume Johnny Depp wore, which I hear could be even better than the movie.

We visited the Queen’s House, which is now home to a large collection of naval paintings. The art was fabulous, but I just kept looking at the building.

After a stroll through the market, where Jenny got a massive meringue and I had a delicious churro (ahh, childhood memories), we went to visit the Royal Observatory.

You need to climb up a large hill, then buy a ticket, then wait in a huge line. It’s not until you get close to the front of the line that you realize you’re not waiting for a tour of the area, you’re waiting to take a picture with your feet in two time zones. Ah well… the weather was great for a day of walking, and now we can say we’ve done it!

Greenwich is a gorgeous way to get out of the city without leaving home.

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

Johnny Depp's costume from Pirates 4, filmed on location in Greenwich

Johnny Depp’s costume from Pirates 4, filmed on location in Greenwich

The Queen’s House

The Queen’s House

The Queen’s House

The Queen’s House

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The green light beams out of the Observatory indicating the location of the Meridian

The green light beams out of the Observatory indicating the location of the Meridian

On opposite sides of the Meridian

On opposite sides of the Meridian

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