GREENWICH AND SOME SHAKESPEARE CULTURE/LONDON – THE END

Wednesday was our last full day in London so we tried to cram as much into it as possible (because –SARCASM ALERT– we really hadn’t done much over the previous three days!)

The cruise boat took us to Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory.  After departing from the boat, we strolled along some paths and through the grounds of Greenwich University (who had literally just finished their graduation ceremony) and out to the street to head to the Observatory.

As we passed through the gates of the grounds, we found ourselves walking up this large, road-sized path with open ground and trees on either side of us (sorry, no picture).  We were able to see the top of the observatory over the trees at one point.

The bright red Time Ball on top of Flamsteed House is one of the world’s earliest public time signals, distributing time to ships on the Thames and many Londoners. It was first used in 1833 and still operates today.  You can read more at Time Ball.

There was also the Astronomer Royals apartment house on the grounds that had this ship on on a pole at the top…I just thought it was interesting.

A wider view of Flamsteed House….

We had planned on getting pictures of us all standing astride the Meridian Line, but they’ve decided that they will charge everyone £7.00 so we settled on just getting pictures of the line through the gate.

The line runs right through this building above.

Me, in front of the GMT Clock

Greenwich University

The above was taken from the grounds of the observatory.   

We then left and headed back down the hill and walked through the town a bit.  I was getting hungry so bought an apple at a local market (the apple was grown in Kent!)  We all decided to head back towards the hotel so we could get an early dinner as we had an appointment at 7:30…at the Wyndhams Theatre to see Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare with David Tennant (Dr. Who & Harry Potter) and Catherine Tate (Little Britain).  We had only decided on Monday that we would go see this…we even had BOX SEATS! (thanks to my brother & sis-in-law!)

I felt like Vivian in Pretty Woman! This was my first ever time going to a proper theatre and the first time couldn’t have been any better.  We were shown to our box and we even had a private toilet that we could use.  P & I had our own box, and A & J had their own box below us.  I did manage to get a picture from our seats, even though the usher came over and told me I wasn’t allowed to take pictures.  I told her I just wanted to get a picture of the view across the way and I wasn’t planning on taking anymore.  She said that’s fine and that she wouldn’t make me erase it….whew!

The play was modernized and funny and thoroughly enjoyable.  My only regret is that I left the program in the box. 😦   I highly recommend it to anyone heading to London over the next couple of weeks as they are only taking bookings up until Sept. 1.  

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel bar for some after theatre drinks.  It was rather late by this time and we were all pretty tired, so we headed up to our rooms as we were leaving for home in the morning, however, A & J were heading to the Eurostar to take them over to Belgium to continue their holiday.

We had a wonderful time over the four days and as always, it’s good to see family especially when you don’t get to see them very often.

 Again, thank you to my brother and sis-in-law for a grand time!

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