Entrance of the Observatory

Day 2 – Royal Observatory Greenwich, London

April 2015

The prime meridian is located at the Royal Observatory. You can stand astride two hemispheres here, which represents the Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude Zero (0° 0′ 0″).

Every place on earth is measured by it’s distance east or west from the Greenwich Meridian. The arbitrary north-south line divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the earth, just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.

Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Royal Observatory, Greenwich location.

For us to get to the Royal Observatory, it’s quite a walk from the Cutty Sark especially going uphill. A slow and relaxing walk through Greenwich park will take about 30 minutes. Once up there, we’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view overlooking Canary Wharf as well as the O2 arena. This is another of London’s photo spots especially for those with telephoto lenses.

Greenwich Park.

An up hill walk through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory.

Canary Wharf & O2

View of Canary Wharf & O2 arena.

Entrance of the Observatory

Entrance of the Observatory

Prime Meridian

The Prime Meridian line. One foot in the Eastern hemisphere, the other in the West.

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sampaisudah.com was in two hemispheres at the same time.

The 1st building in the western hemisphere.

The 1st building in the western hemisphere.

Cutty Sark

Day 2 – Cutty Sark, London

April 2015

The fastest and greatest ship of her time, Cutty Sark is a British sailing ship of the middle third of the 19th century. Built in 1869, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest originally sailing the China route for the tea trade. In 1954 she was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich on public display. You can venture underneath and aboard one of the world’s most famous sailing ship and last surviving tea clipper.

Cutty Sark

If you have reached Greenwich by the foot tunnel or by river boat, you’ll immediately notice the Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark

The majestic Cutty Sark on public display at Greenwich.

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark from another angle.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Day 2 – Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London

April 2015

From North Greenwich underground we changed line at Canary Wharf to head to Island Gardens station. From here on, we used the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The foot tunnel provide pedestrian links underneath the river Thames from Island Gardens to Cutty Sark and vise versa. It is open 24 hours daily and can be accessed by stairs or the lift at each entrance. The entrance/exit is housed in a circular dome-shaped building. Definitely one of London’s other secrets.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Directional sign to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The entrance at Island Gardens. You can walk down the spiral staircase or take a lift to the tunnel below. Credit : panoramio.com

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Inside Greenwich Foot Tunnel underneath Thames river.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

It’s cool inside Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

Greenwich foot tunnel

The exit next to Cutty Sark at the other end. Again, you may use the spiral staircase or the lift to exit the tunnel.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Map, end-to-end.