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  • If you want to have an interesting and quite cheap day out in London, Greenwich is a good place to go
  • I also enjoyed the exhibitions about explorers
  • You can pictures nearly everywhere and there's lot of postcards you can buy, so that's not really an issue

    • by Fotorunn

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      If you want to have an interesting and quite cheap day out in London, Greenwich is a good place to go. Getting there with public transport is easy, you have to purchase an extra ticket if you have a ticket for the London Underground, and then the trains go every 15 minutes or so. The village of Greenwich is worth a look in itself, with old buildings and a nice market. If you go to one of the grocery stores here before going on, you can get yourself a quite cheap and good packet lunch and eat it outside in the park.

      It is about 10 minutes to walk to the Maritime Museum and another 10 minutes through the park up the Royal Observatory. Don’t stress, as it is quite steep at the end. Before going in, you should take some time to admire the view.

      It is a really good view of the

      park, the museum and the rest of London. Both the Royal Observatory and the Maritime Museum are free of charge, and both have quite a lot to see so we decided to start with the Observatory and see how far we got. It is really interesting, packed with both tourists and Londoners of course, so we didn’t queue up to have our picture taken at the Greenwich time line.

      Until 1954 the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was based on the time observations there. It was still a lot to see, a lot about the history of the observatory and the UK in general. As a scientist, I found the bits about how things were funded really interesting, they had the same problems some hundred years ago as we have today.

      I also really liked the exhibition with different clocks and examples of how they had tried to calculate where they were at see. The ...

      • telescopes are also great, you can climb up and get a feeling of how big they are, and there are several examples of what they saw and found with them. The buildings are also nice, one of them (the Flamsteed house) was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who also was responsible for St Paul’s Cathedral.

        After having finished with the observatory, we walked down the hill and through the park the National Maritime Museum. The first thing you will notice, is that it is huge! Too big for one day we decided, so we checked the site maps and guides and decided to spend more time on a few things instead of nearly no time for everything. There is a collection of ship models that I particularly liked, they are really beautiful for one, but they are also extremely detailed so you can see the mirror in the captains cabins and details on the

        keel that are normally under water.

        I also enjoyed the exhibitions about explorers; it is lot of interesting historical details, paintings, manuscripts and letters from worried wives. Those letters where especially touching, today we don’t really think about how it must have been when a letter could use months to reach its destination, and then the answer would use as much time coming back. There are several exhibits that are placed so that you can touch them, but you really shouldn’t as it could ruin them.

        Head the signs about not touching and no photography; it is probably objects that don’t like too much changes in lights and humidity. You can pictures nearly everywhere and there’s lot of postcards you can buy, so that’s not really an issue. The museum shop was great, lots of books.

        A bit on the pricey side, but as the museum is free, we felt we could afford to splash out on some souvenirs.

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