TRAVEL TUESDAY: PART 13: GREENWICH, LONDON
Greenwich is known throughout the world as the traditional location of the Prime Meridian, on which all Coordinated Universal Time is based. It was one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics - with equestrian events in Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park became royal property in 1427 & was enclosed in 1433. It is Britain's oldest enclosed park.
- •It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!Citation: "outstanding universal value" and the "finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles".
- •Greenwich ParkHenry VIII hunted deer in this area in the 15th century! It is a gorgeous park with some stunning views across the Thames to the City (financial district).
- •The Old Royal ObservatoryThe location of the Prime Meridian. So basically you can stand in the east AND the west at the same time. London school children and foreign visitors delight in this ALL THE TIME. Did you see what I did there?! 😂
- •The Royal Naval CollegeBy Sir Christopher Wren (of St Paul's Cathedral), in the English Baroque style.
- •London 2012 OlympicsI live in the borough next to Greenwich. It is a fantastic place to do some sight seeing relating to England's maritime history as well as the Olympics. Equestrian events took place there - but not without controversy: locals were angry that the historical royal park had to be "converted" into a sporting arena. Four years on, the park is now fully open and you should definitely go there for picnics in the summer or a bracing walk in the winter. It's GORGEOUS!