Another Windy City?

National Maritime Museum

This beautiful building is part of the National Maritime Museum! For those of you who don’t know what maritime means (I didn’t either) Wikipedia says it is the study of human activity at sea. Sounds downright boring to me. Anyways, I didn’t come to this museum on purpose nor did I know it existed. I was simply walking around Greenwich and thought the architecture looked nice and now it is here for your enjoyment!

National Maritime Museum

At first I didn’t get what the purpose of this was either, but then the whole maritime thing kicked in and it made sense. I actually watched a video once about how these are made. If I remember correctly, the ships are flat so the artist can insert them into the bottle, and then they pull a string and, voila, the ship is upright and visible. Also, I’m not sure what inside the museum could have been as cool as this, so way to go National Maritime Museum for making the good stuff accessible to wandering passersby.

Greenwich Park

It was a particularly windy day in London, so all the leaves in Greenwich Park had been blown to one area, leading to this festive fall photograph.

Greenwich Park

The park is also quite hilly; it reminded me a lot of Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco, except a lot less crowded. The views of the London skyline were nice, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Chicago skyline seen from Ping Tom Memorial Park. 

Greenwich Park

I actually thought I was about as high as you could go on the hill, but then I found a super secret staircase.

Greenwich Park

I tried to pretend that the staircase was going to lead me to Narnia or something really exciting, but, nope, just another view of the same buildings.

Thames at Night

Greenwich is just south of the Thames on the way far east side of London, so I walked north to the river just as the sun was setting. It was windy already, but being right on the riverbank intensified it immensely. Taking this photo was a real challenge; I thought I might literally get blown into the river.

Thames at Night

For that one good, but far from perfect, photo, I have about a dozen of these. I already don’t have that stable of a hand when it comes to using the camera, so the wind just made it much worse.

Spike + Earl

The next day, I popped into Spike + Earl for a quick bite. This place is within walking distance from where I’m staying in London, and I’m happy to have it in the neighborhood.

Spike + Earl

Because I suck and my sleep schedule has been a hot mess these past few days, I completely slept though brunch and had to have lunch. However, this carrot sandwich was absolutely amazing so I’m not complaining, and I still got a mimosa so I could at least pretend that it wasn’t 3:30 P.M.

Spike + Earl

As if the cafe wasn’t already cute enough, they had a little chalkboard out front displaying my personal philosophy! Maybe this will motivate me to get up in time for my class tomorrow!

Ta-ta for now,

James

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