But first, today's adventure.
We woke up around 8am and upon looking out the window could tell right away this was a more typical March London day then the beautiful weather we had yesterday. It was very gray outside and judging by the people's dress, much colder.
Penny was excited to find out one of her friends, Monika, she was meeting up with was already at the hotel so we met her and her father downstairs for breakfast.
After breakfast Penny and I headed off for our first adventure on the famous London Underground. We headed to Greenwich to tour the Royal Observatory.
While at the Royal Observatory we got a chance to see some pretty cool items from astronomy history.
Remnants of Flamsteed's well telescope.
And also the only remaining piece of William Herschel's giant 40' reflecting telescope. I've seen drawings of this huge scope but always assumed it was completely destroyed or dismantled and yet here it is, a small section that remains, standing right in front of me.
Then into the museum to check out a bit more astronomy history.....
After checking out the telescopes in the museum it was time to stand on the line. The Prime Meridian Line of course. The official line that separates East & West. This has to be the coolest "Traveling Foot" shot yet!
The marker on the wall for the original line.
The shot above was taken on the original line. The new line that is in the Meridian Courtyard is a little wider and has the longitudes of major cities around the world printed along it.
Once we finished here it was on over to the planetarium for a show. The planetarium is housed underground below this structure here.
I forget the exact amount of copper in this planetarium roof but the tour guide mentioned prior to the show there was no need to worry about silencing your cell phones because there was absolutely no reception under the roof that contained several tonnes of copper!
Once the show was over it was time to head back towards the hotel but not before first grabbing a quick snack/lunch at a local coffee shop.Then back into the underground to re-trace our steps.
Time was running short so we skipped the tour of the London Bridge and headed back towards the London Eye to take a ride. Of course along the way I had to grab a shot of one of the many iconic double decker red buses running all around London.....
Next stop, the London Eye. The strange thing is that it never stops... It is moving so slow people exit and enter the "pods" while it's still moving. Here's a shot of the pod just ahead of us on the 35-40 minute loop.
And a couple shots from the vantage point high above the River Thames.
Understatement of the year....
Though I highly doubt leaning against the door would cause it to open.
After the ride it was a short break in our hotel room then off to dinner at an Italian restaurant across the street from our hotel. The place was decked out in mob movie memorabilia from such great movies as The Godfather, Goodfellas, & Casino.
Next it was last minute prep for my departure tomorrow and then bed time. Goodnight ya'll.