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Greenwich on the River Thames

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 2 August 2014 | Views [119]

Painted ceiling at Royal Naval College

Painted ceiling at Royal Naval College

Saturday was washing day, but late in the morning Ed and Nikki drove us to Greenwich to see the wonderful Royal residence designed by Sir Christopher Wren where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born. It was more recently the Royal Naval College (The Cutty Sark stands proudly by), and now houses the Maritime Museum, The Trinity Laban Music College, and is a venue for weddings etc. We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for a guided tour of the Painted Hall which took the 18th century artist 19 years not only to complete, but also to be paid! It has the largest painted ceiling in Europe. It was then very pleasant to sit at a cafe right on the river to have lunch in the sun, after which we took the ferry to Westminster, passing under London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Our niece Yas just went to southern Africa for a month and sent some wonderful photos of rhinos, elephants, giraffes etc taken on safari today in the Kruger National Park.

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