On Sunday, a bunch of the kids from Emory who are currently studying abroad in London headed on a (school sponsored! yay, free things and educational lessons!) trip to Greenwich, England. Even though it was raining I had a blast standing on the prime meridian and checking out the area.
We started the day off at the embankment, where we got coffee and headed on a boat cruise down the Thames. It was so much fun to see the sites of London--like Big Ben and the Tower of London--from the water and hear about the areas we were passing!
When we arrived at Greenwich our first stop was the Painted Hall, a super fancy dining hall. The walls were covered in gorgeous paintings; my favorite part was the ceiling.
From the Painted Hall we headed to the Queen's House (once a royal residence and now a museum), where we got to see the Tulip Stair, the first centrally unsupported stairs constructed in England. The stairwell was actually really lovely, and the museum looked like it had some nice collections.
After seeing the stairwell, we headed up the hill to the Royal Observatory. It's now a museum that houses the prime meridian, a ton of information about Greenwich time, and cool facts about astronomy.
We were all getting pretty hungry so we went to the National Maritime Museum to get some lunch. I had mushroom soup, a salad, and a tasty brownie. It was nice to get out of the cold rain and relax with some hot food! After lunch we wandered around the museum for about an hour. There was a cool exhibits about trade and some really impressive ship models.
Our last stop of the day was the Greenwich Market. There was food, arts and crafts, and a ton of really lovely vintage clothing. I wish it were closer to central London!
On Wednesday Hayley and I are heading on a little four day adventure to Marrakesh, Morocco. Has anyone been? I'm really super excited, but also a little bit nervous; I have no idea what to expect!