Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 5: Part 9: Greenwich/Ferry Ride

The Greenwich Royal Observatory- Greenwich Mean Time!
The bus tour on our fifth day in the U.K. brought us to Greenwich as a last stop.
GREENWICH - iis the place that sets Time (Greenwich Mean Time) and Place (Greenwich Meridian).  It is truly unique. It is ALSO the birthplace of Henry VIII and his famous daughters Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth I!  Just across the River Thames is the modern Docklands development with Canary Wharf and London City Airport.

The Cutty Sark
Docked in Greenwich is an historic ship called the Cutty Sark. WHAT IS THE CUTTY SARK? - Aside from being the name of a famous Whiskey, its a clipper ship. Built in 1869 for the Jock Willis shipping line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

Looking at London from Greenwich- Olympics Equestrian stadium being built.
 PREPPING FOR THE OLYMPICS - Just outside of Greenwich, a stadium was being constructed for the Olympics. It was specifically designed for equestrian events, and we got to see it in progress as we walked from the Greenwich Royal Observatory down
Tom and Rob giving goofy grins on the Ferry

Parliment House Flying the flag

The Globe Theatre
THE GLOBE THEATRE - This is a theatre located along the Thames River in London that is associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642. Today's Globe Theatre stands a few hundred yards from its original site. The rebuilding of the iconic building stems from the founding of the Shakespeare's Globe Trust by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next