County Hall framed behind it. This used to be the headquarters for the Greater London Council until it was abolished by Thatcher's government in the mid eighties. Today a couple of hotels, restaurants,a the London Aquarium occupy the space. A ship's crew member told us that it took them longer this morning because conditions were 'slippery'.
Here's a good view of Westminster and Big Ben as we're pulling away from the dock. We were the only representatives of SU on this trip, though there were about 40 or so students from other American colleges on this trip. SU students, according to Erika, were reluctant to fraternize with other students. Something about their eagerness in imbibing a bit too strenously in the pubs. Having now seen these students, I can't say that I blame their reluctance. Some of the young ladies were dressed as London tarts rather than wholesome midwestern girls. Tsk, tsk. The big city has despoiled them.
Canary Wharf, London's new financial centre. For now and until the Shard is completed in central London, the tall building is the tallest in England. Recall we were there a couple of weeks ago when we visited the Port of London museum. That was the place that was devoid of people on a chilly and drizzly Sunday afternoon. Perhaps part of the explanation may be that thousands of people working in these buildings lost their job since the financial crisis hit.
Greenwich to the observatory which is on a hill in the middle of a park. In this photo the Queen's House, which we visited later and rushed through the galleries filled with maritime paintings, is in the foreground, the excellent maritime museum next to it, and the Old Naval College, is right behind. Beyond the Thames is Canary Wharf.
O2 Arena. The Lakers played the Timberwolves there a couple of weeks ago, and Federer beat Nadal in the ATP World Tour Tennis Finals under its dome on Sunday. The place also hosts major concerts, such as Benedict's favorite performer, Justin Bieber (NOT!!!).
The Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Prime Meridian, otherwise known as 0 degrees longitude. Benedict has a foot in both eastern and western hemispheres while Erika is in the East (Hark! Yon sun of my life doth rise!) while I'm in the West (Alas, I liveth now in the sunset of mine years.). There is a terrific exhibit on time and time keeping and includes the fascinating story of the development of an accurate clock for keeping track of time on the seas. This was of immeasurable importance because temporal accuracy was necessary to determine the longitude of ships at sea. The way to determine longitude was to set the ship's clock to a set point on land that would be associated with a determinate time. By international agreement this set point became Greenwich's Prime Meridian--0 degrees longitude--and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) the determinate time. By comparing the local time at sea with the GMT, as indicated by the ship's clock, navigators can determine the ship's longitude. Every hour of difference between GMT and the ship's clock indicated a difference of 15 degrees longitude from Greenwich's Prime Meridian. Without an accurate clock on board ship, calculations could be off several degrees and several hundred miles. So one could see the importance of accurate time pieces on the ships. Pendulum clocks had become very accurate, but they didn't work well on ships rolling on ocean waves. Details of who developed the first highly accurate non-pedulum clock and how he did it are here. The clocks are in an exhibit at the observatory, as well as time pieces from throughout history. The observatory also has terrific astronomy exhibits as well.
University of Greenwich. Sir Christopher Wren, St. Paul's Cathedral's architect, designed the buildings. He also designed the observatory. He must have been a very busy man.
fastest clipper ships of its day will be completed in time for the London Olympic games. It's near the Thames shore and looks like it will be fantastic.
The five hours we spent in Greenwich was much too short. We never explored the maritime museum, though we had a bite to eat in its cafe. It looks spectacular. At least two days are required to explore Greenwich. But our boat was heading back to Westminster at 4pm and we had to be on it.
It was dark by the time we got back to Westminster. The sun set about the time the boat shoved off from Greenwich at 4pm. Twilight lasted for about half an hour, and then darkness. It was still cold.