Craig Family Europe Holiday Sept 08 travel blog

Observatory Clock

Cook's statue

Day 9 – Sunday 7 September – Fathers Day for Scott & outing to Greenwich

Another wet day in London – what a shock! But the weather man has promised a clearing day. After the fathers day celebrations – no I did not get breakfast in bed (infact not even a coffee in bed), we headed off for Greenwich. After the compulsory tube, light rail and bus trip we arrived at the Greenwich foot tunnel. A bit of an adventure for the kids going under the Thames – you could actually probably walk across it but we did not try that (the colour of the water would give away the amount of stuff in it).

After the short underwater stroll we headed for the Greenwich markets. They are quite small but it gave everyone a chance to get some morning tea and some more clothes for Sarah. The kids also found a book stall where the author was signing his book – we have never heard of him but we now have a signed copy of his latest kid’s book! Then it was off to the national maritime museum. We did a quick run through the museum but saw things like the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was shot a Trafalgar. It was interesting to see the boys trying to figure out how Nelson could have possibly died from a shot to the shoulder – and when they discovered that the shot punctured a lung and fractured his spine the quest was then on to work out the angle of the shot to do that!

The observatory and planetarium were the next stops on the Greenwich tour with compulsory photos with one foot in either hemisphere, before we moved to the show inside the planetarium. The show was very interesting but it was very dark and the temptation to have a little nap was huge!

As we started to travel back towards the train we stopped at the old Royal Naval College. I thought the paintings in the CERBERUS Wardroom were spectacular – they have nothing on the painted room at eh Naval College. The dining hall also has the plaque to commemorate where Nelson was laid in state prior to being buried – sort of brings the whole day together.

Having see most of Greenwich it was time to return to the hotel and prepare for tomorrows adventure – changing of the guard.

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