Maidenhead/Adventuring Day 5

Day 5 Maidenhead/Adventuring          Cloudy & cool, then warm in the afternoon

Greenwich was the adventure chosen for today.  We caught the express train to Paddington, the tube to Westminster, then a boat down the river to Greenwich.

We walked up past where the Cutty Sark is being restored after it was damaged by fire a couple of years ago, to the Maritime Museum, where we spent a couple of hours exploring the three levels of displays. 

On the ground floor, there were displays for Arctic and medieval exploration; the history of emigration by sea and cruise travel, to name just a couple.

On the first floor, there were displays about the ocean and its part in mankind’s survival; stained glass from the Baltic Exchange – an impressive half dome commemorating victims of World War 1; and a collection of over 400 of the Museum’s treasurers.

On the second floor, there were displays of the various Ships of War models; and a Hands-On interactive gallery with ship simulator.

From there, we walked up the hill to the Royal Observatory and stood on the famous Meridian Line – Longitude 0°0’0” – at the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

We looked at displays of various time pieces including John Harrison’s famous Sea Clocks and the red Time Ball, one of the world’s earliest public time signals, which continues to fall at 13.00, local time, every day.

We enjoyed a leisurely trip back along the Thames River and saw the many areas of redevelopment along the riverbank, especially at Docklands.

Janet met us at Maidenhead station and we walked down to Waitrose to get something for dinner.

Another lovely day in the UK.

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