Tuesday, September 30, 2014



After lunch, we took the tube down to city centre while Diana went home to rest.

World news flash around the Reuters Building 
We took the Docklands Light Railway train over to Greenwich. 

the Cutty Sark - a British clipper ship 
A clipper is a fast sailing ship of the middle 19th century.  This is one of the last tea clipper built before the development of steam engine.  

The ship was damaged by fire in 2007 and restored and open to the public in 2012.  
The word "cutty sark" is a Scotish word for a "short shirt/undergarment".  It is the nickname of the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns' poem Tam O'Shanter. 

Our first stop to the Greenwich Tourist information Centre.
There is a model of  Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site displayed here.

Came out into the park and saw this Book Bench.  This is a project of 50 unique Book Benches sculptures by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art to encourage more reading. These benches can be found in 4 different trails through  Bloomsbury, Greenwich, Riverside and City Districts and these are mostly associated with writers and writing.  If you fancy one of these benches, you can bid at the  auction at end of the year,  to raise fund for the Trust and to fight illiteracy in the UK.    

The Railway Children by E Nesbit.

The Canterbury Tales by  Geoffrey Chaucer
We did not have the time to go looking for these benches but only when we came across them.  You can go online to check out the beautiful colourful designs and also get to know some of the popular books in the UK.

The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site includes the historic town center, the Royal Park and the related surrounding buildings.

The Old Royal Naval College site was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. This was originally constructed as  the Royal Hospital for Seaman in Greenwich. 

On the left is the Queen Mary's Court where The Chapel (attraction must see)  is located and on the right is the King William Court where the Painted Hall is(attraction must see). 

This Tudor palace was built by Henry VII and is the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. 

Unfortunately the Painted Hall was closed for the day but the Chapel was still opened.

Inside the Chapel.....

The intricate plasterwork  of the ceiling

The Chapel Organ by the leading organ builder  Samuel Green.   It case is made of Spanish mahogany and the gallery is supported by 6 fluted marble columns. 

These life-size figures of the evangelists and apostles in the niches between the windows are in fact paintings and not sculptures!.  These are painted by Biaggio Rebecca, and these  paintings rely on the use of shadow and contrast to create their lifelike appearance... amazing!

the towering pulpit is made from oak, mahogany and lime wood and the round medallions features the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul, to whom the Chapel is dedicated. 

The vast painting above the altar is by Benjamin West.  It shows the story of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island of Malta.  This 7.5 metre high painting took 7 years to complete. 

Next we walked over the Queen's house. 
It was intended for Queen Anne but she died before it was completed.  Later it was completed by King Charles I for his Queen Henrietta Maria.   

entrance seems rather unimpressive?

The elegant shell style spiral of the Tulip Staircase- first self-supporting spiral stair in Britain 

The perfect 40 ft x 40 ft  cube floor of the Great Hall with its striking geometrically-patterned black and white  Italian and Belgian marble.

Under the reign of King Charles I, arts flourished and this ceiling painting by Italian artist, Artemisia and her father Orazio.  

known as  the Allegory of Peace and the Arts under the English Crown.

 There are numerous work of arts of maritime war and warships and portraits of famous military leaders  

Coming out of the Queen's House, we saw this panoramic view of Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory at top of hill

The pier  overlooking the other side is Docklands

Frozen In Time by Captain Scott

replica of Nelson's ship ...

wild blackberries?  Saw plenty of these along the pathway leading up the hill..

It was a long walk uphill to the Royal Observatory..

the old measurements

and the Greenwich Meridian line 
By the time we reached, it was closing time (urg.... again!) and no more visitors were allowed in. These are the last group of people in the taking their photos astride the Meridian line.    This Greenwich Meridian line is Longitude O and separate the east from the west the same way as the Equator separates the north from the south.

Looking back from the  Royal Observatory towards the Old Royal Naval College ... 
....the old and new buildings. 

After resting awhile, its time to make our home. Took the train back to city and passed by ...

Liberty of London- a department store selling wide range of luxury goods.
This is a Tudor revivial building  was constructed in 1924 from the timber of two warships!

The shop was engineered around 3 light air wells. Beautiful intricate wood craving too.. 
It is a  luxury goods department store and particularly for its floral and graphic prints.  

Apple Retail Store at the Regent Building on the former site of  Hanover Chapel. 

Just love all these cute figurines 

Oxford Circus 

All Souls Church in busy Oxford Street.

By the time we reached home, Diana had a delicious dinner awaiting us..

Chicken salad 

Happy chef at work....no wonder the food tasted sooooo... good 

sticky BBQ Chicken wings, finger-licking yummyness!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Well, I seems to be slow in putting the trip together but I enjoy slowly going over my trip with the photos. Sometimes when I took the photo, I really don't know the history behind it and now going over it and reading more about it is so rewarding and makes the trip so much more interesting.  So by sharing these photos,  I hope you too will enjoy them.   

Today Diana said she would take to us see the sights around the area where she lived.

I was up early and it was so bright around 7 in the morning.  Can you see the plane in the sky. Her house is very close to Heathrow Airport. 
Soon the rest were up and she drove us to Hampton Court Castle and its Gardens.

Hampton Court Castle - notice those decorative Tudor brick chimneys 

Hampton Court Palace.. the Great Gatehouse.   

This palace was originally built by Henry VIII for his favourite Cardinal Thoms Wosley.  It has 2 distinct architectural style- Tudor and Baroque.. pink bricks.

Besides the Palace, its attractions include the vast Rose Gardens, the Maze, a historic  tennis Court and the huge grape vine

Varieties of roses perfurming the air around here. 

The River Thames flows besides the palace 

King Henry VIII used this mode of transportation to the castle .. 

mistletoe in summer? 

We went to the back to view these beautiful gates..

each of them had different figures ... 

enlarged this so can see clearly the rose... 
the cross 

Scotland Thistle

Irish Harp

strange tree... and clear blue sky... and it was so hot and it made us tired and suddenly hungry too!

Diana then drove us to visit her friend.... Mr. Ng and the best fish and & Chips.. 

The signboard is not bluffing!... it is indeed the best fish and chips! 

When we entered the shop, immediately we were struck by the clean and spacious shop.   He is very meticulous about cleanliness and these are imported decorative tiles from Italy! 

There is no oily rancid smell in the shop at all.  It is not only because the frying is carry out in the kitchen behind the service counter but also he use good quality cooking oil and the oil are not used more then twice! 

He is an avid gardener in his free time and these beautiful flowers filled the shop. According to Diana, he could buy and import plants/flowers which caught his fancy  from Hong Kong to England!    But it is a pity that in such a pleasant shop, there are no table service here and its only takeaway.    Mr. Ng said  there are lots of rules and regulations if you want to have table service, so its more preferable and also profitable to just cater for takeways. 

So big portions and we had requested for less fries!  He used cod fish here. 

Mr. Ng showing us the newspaper article ... his shop was one of the top 5!  

Happy owners Mr Ng and wife and equally happy satisfied diners!

After chatting for some time, its time to move on to our next destination.....