even though the English school children were there in full force, making the exhibits very crowded. Having free access to these national treasures is a real boon for British educators.
Not a success was our plan to visit the Imperial War Museum; we arrived after lunch only to find an unwelcome sign. In the mean time, saddened but resilient, we decided on a Thames River cruise all the way to Greenwich (known best for Greenwich Mean Time). It was a lovely day with sunshine and warm temps, so cruising down the river was very pleasant and restful.
Once in Greenwich, we thoroughly enjoyed the sights that accompany the stately buildings of England’s royalty’s residences at Greenwich. King Henry VII and Queen Mary II had a large complex built for seamen (It eventually served as an academy for the Royal Navy.), complete with a chapel, a pensioner’s hall, and a queen’s house all located together on acres and acres of park, now a nationally registered site. A school of music and dance utilizes some of the buildings currently and we had the treat of listening to an adjudicated master singing class in the chapel while we wandered the nave.
The Painted Hall houses the largest ceiling painting in England and kept us awed for an hour, mostly because large rectangular mirrors on wheels were provided throughout the hall which you could move to whatever spot you chose and view the ceiling paintings w/o craning your neck. Ingenious!
We also visited a Maritime Museum,
We were too late to actually stand with one leg in both time worlds, but we can say we were there.
Our serendipitous visit to Greenwich made Evensong at Westminster Abbey impossible, but we did tour the heart of London at night, giving us a totally different view of things than a daytime visit.
Tomorrow is Travel-Home Day. London has been great (The weather was unseasonably sunny.) and we are glad to have visited, but it is time to be home.