Thursday, 29 January 2015

Day trip to Greenwich

Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Hiya everyone!

On Sunday, Agata and I took a lovely day trip to Greenwich.
I say “day trip” because it feels like it’s not London at all when you’re there, but really it’s only around 8km away from the city! This is perfect in my opinion as it’s pretty simple to get there and you don’t have to travel for hours on a stuffy train, yet it feels like you’re taking a trip away for a day.
Bliss? I think so.

On the DLR Greenwich-bound!
Listening to Tom Odell on the way to Greenwich

One of the main attractions in Greenwich is a ship called the “Cutty Sark”. For most people, it’s something kinda cool to look at but not necessarily anything too special. For me, there’s a bit more to it than that.

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

You see, my great, great, great, great, great (phew) grandfather was the first mate on this ship at one point.

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich
First mate badge from the Cutty Sark gift shop, Greenwich

Oh, but the story gets better! While sailing back from the east coast of the USA to the UK, the captain mysteriously went missing..

The Cutty Sark, GreenwichThe Cutty Sark, Greenwich
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

It took a couple of days for them to discover that he’d run off to try his luck in the Californian gold rush. Being first mate, my great (x5) grandfather assumed command of the ship and sailed it back.

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

His name was James Matthews, and that name has been passed down the generations to all of the first-born sons – and my father’s middle names are James Matthews also.

In the Cutty Sark gift shop, Greenwich
Post card from the Cutty Sark gift shop, Greenwich

I searched desperately for a mention of his name in one of the books but sadly didn’t find anything. It was still very cool to see the ship and learn a bit about the history and my family’s connection to it.

Reading about the Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Reading about the Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Another popular spot for visitors to Greenwich is the market. It’s a huge, covered (but open at the sides) market full of arts, crafts, food and other random knick-knacks. It was a little overwhelming at first as you enter straight into the bustling food section, but once we knocked through that we found a cute, characteristic market waiting to be explored.

Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Raw chocolate at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Chocolates at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Food at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Vegan salads at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Greenwich Market, Greenwich
British pride at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich

Agata and I spent a lot of time just wandering around the stalls - taking everything in, trying things on, trying to find the famed “Morgan’s Coffee Experience” cart (which ended up being mission: unaccomplished), and taking our time to just soak in the magical Sunday-at-the-market atmosphere.

Tea stand at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Handmade dolls at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Brown satchel for sale at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Cards for sale at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Trying on jewellery at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Coffee cart at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Trying on fur hats at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Trying on fur hats at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich

As we made our way through to the Greenwich Maritime Museum, we stumbled across some gorgeous buildings, including one called “The Painted Hall”.

Greenwich
Greenwich
Greenwich
Painted Hall, Greenwich

Aside from the breath-taking paintings on the walls and ceilings, the set up in the hall was rather grand too. Does it not remind you of the dining hall at Hogwarts? I know which building I’ll be hiring out when I have a Harry Potter themed extravaganza! (It’s gonna happen guys, it’s a 100% realistic plan.)

Painted Hall, Greenwich
Painted Hall, Greenwich
Painted Hall, Greenwich

The Maritime Museum was pretty cool but unfortunately we weren’t really in a museum-y mood so we had a quick look around and then decided to make a move.

Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Greenwich

The rest of the afternoon was just spent wandering around and exploring the area.

Greenwich
Greenwich
Greenwich
Gates in Greenwich

And being silly…

Greenwich
Greenwich

We finished the day back at the market, feasting on a lamb and halloumi wrap and a falafel salad box. To top it all off, we shared a heavenly Brazilian churro, filled half-and-half with chocolate and “dulce de leche” (a sauce made from condensed milk). It doesn’t get much better than that.

Lamb & Halloumi wrap at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Falafel salad box at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Brazilian churros at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Brazilian churros at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Brazilian churros at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich
Brazilian churro at the Greenwich Market, Greenwich

Greenwich is easily accessible from London on the DLR. Be sure to make time for a trip there if you’re in London, it’s super nice and has some very interesting attractions to see and explore – just make sure you wrap up warm!

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