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A few weeks ago I made the trip to Greenwich to learn about time and space. I had been once before, but I wanted to have a better look around and also check out the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition.

The exhibition was breathtaking. I think my favourite photographs were of the skyscapes and the aurorae, which were just beautiful. If you’re in London before the exhibition closes on 26 June 2016, you should definitely go. If you’re on the other side of the world, you can view the winning images: here.

After the exhibition (and pondering giving astronomy photography a go myself one day), I went on to explore the rest of the Planetarium and Astronomy Centre inside the Royal Observatory, and then the Time and Longitude Gallery, and the meridian line. I stood on part of the meridian line, but was too lazy to line up to get a photo on the “official” part of the line with the markings. Sorry guys. Word to the wise: get there early if you want to get a photo standing on that thing, because the line of tourists is insane.

There’s so much to learn at Greenwich, but the view that the observatory offers of London makes it worth visiting in itself. It’s amazing standing on the top of the hill with the city of London in the background, and Greenwich’s Tudor Palace of Placentia (now the Royal Naval College) in the foreground. Henry XIII was born in the palace in 1491, and during his marriage to Anne Boleyn he spent most of his time there.

Wandering the Royal Naval College is pretty amazing too. While having its ancient buildings tower over me, I had trouble comprehending just how old it was. This is a feeling I have frequently in London, and in Europe, where the buildings are older than the history of settlement in my country. Everything is so old here. And the chapel and The Painted Hall inside the buildings are beautifully ornate.

Greenwich is also known for it’s maritime history, a subject that until this visit I had found only mildly interesting. I’d heard that the Cutty Sark, a famous tea clipper from the 1800’s, was worth visiting in Greenwich. There was a deal at the Royal Observatory that included admission to the Cutty Sark, so I thought I’d go along and check it out too. I was surprised by how interesting I found learning about life aboard a tea clipper, and its travels around the world. It’s interactive displays caught my imagination, and I loved finding out that it had even been to Sydney. 1. greenwich-visit-london-history-uk-travel-blogger4. greenwich-london-photography-travel-move-to-london 5. cutty-sark-ship-clipper-greenwich-photography-london-boat-maritime-history 6. greenwich-historic-tudor-church-london-uk-windows-views-architecture-travel 7. greenwich-history-london-travel-day-trips-best-photo-photography 8. london-blogger-blog-travel-expat-greenwich-uk-visit10. greenwich-photo-london-shoes-design-tiles-visit-travel-blogger-uk

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