10 April, 2010

Day 8: - Greenwich and the London Tower

Today, after an early start to finish off the tour from yesterday, we had an early start... AGAIN! We had a ferry trip up the Thames to Greenwich to do, AND we had to be on the ferry by 10.45am! You see, it is a 24 hour ticket, and that was the times up mark! We ended up arriving 45 mins early so we took a stroll across past Westminster and 'Big Ben' to Westminster Abby.

MJS Westminster Abby, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

But, as it was closed and 15 GBP to get in, we turned around and waited for the first ferry to arrive. After we boarded, obligatory safety massage was given, and off we went; past the Eye, under all of the bridges, Tate Modern and so on... We docked at the London Tower Pier before the penultimate, going under the Tower Bridge!

London Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
BSMJ Thames Ferry, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Sun Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Tower of London Traitors Gate, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
MJSB Tower Bridge, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After nearly an hour, we finally made it to Greenwich and we headed up the street into Green Park, which holds the Museum that is 'Greenwich Mean Time'.

Mum and Bern Green Park Gates, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Greenwich Mean Time 1pm, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Somehow, we got separated and after some 20 mins or so, we managed to find each other ok! As it was now after 1pm (when the ball drops) we headed into Greenwich for lunch and then onto the Docklands Light Railway to Tower Hill for the Tower of London. This was a fantastic attraction and we got to see the 'Crown Jewels' (although I do wonder if these are simply VERY good copies...).

Entrance to the Crown Jewles, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Mum with a Knight, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Helmet Head Stella, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

So, whilst we didn't do much really today, we got a lot done and were busy all day. This is a good thing, for me and I suspect Julie, as I am really struggling as the days come closer to the first anniversary of Lou's death. It really is a struggle for me to get going of a morning, but I so do NOT want to either upset anyone or spoil the trip for them...

Tomorrow, we are off to the Portebello Road Markets, and as it is getting warmer now (shorts tomorrow I suspect), it is bound to be busy!



  1. Lovely photos, Bernie. I'm glad you are all having a good time!

  2. The "first" anniversary of Louise's death will be hard. I hope you all allow yourself to feel what you feel, and to acknowledge that you miss her very much. Pretending otherwise, wouldn't make sense.
    I know I felt anger, sadness, and terrible grief. I got through it though and went on. I have always known Katie would not want me to get lost in my grief, the same way Louise wouldn't want that for you all either.
    My prayers for you all, and gentle blessings!

  3. Wow, Venice looks wonderful. Your photos could be in a travel magazine.


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