Day 3 of this itinerary will be in my favorite place in London: Greenwich!
There is just something about this place I can’t really explain that keeps bringing me back. I still remember the first time I went there: I got off Cutty Sark station, I had directions in my hand and I could not find the College Approach – which was right in front of me! – to go to the Painted Hall. I walked and walked, got to discover the post office (from where I sent a postcard to my mom in Brazil), the supermarket and a few other shops, when I finally decided to ask where the Painted Hall was… and it was really a 3 minute walk from the Cutty Sark station.
Instead of frustration I felt joy, because everybody was so nice to me, helping me with finding the place and, well, I kept coming back. So here you go:
08:30 Today will start early, with a trip to your nearest Sainsbury’s (my favorite supermarket in England) to get breakfast – I used to get at least two of their muffins (I know, I know, too many calories!) and they were always amazing – before heading to Greenwich.
10:00 Get ready to explore the home of the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory. It is a super educational and fun experience and my daughter enjoyed it also. Once you’re done with the tour of the facility you can take in the beautiful view over the Thames and even see Canary Wharf, and of course, take the classic photo:
And a few others:
13:00 Now it is time to start your descent towards the Painted Hall and the chapel. Words are never enough for me to explain how I love this place and I have absolutely no idea why! It is just so peaceful to walk into this beautiful place and admire the art work. My daughter was really amazed at the paintings and found it a welcome place to recharge after all the walking and all the sun!
Across from the Painted Hall you will find the chapel, which is so simple if compared to churches in Italy and also a very peaceful place.
15:30 By this time you will be already hungry, so a good option for lunch is Greenwich Market. The atmosphere is great, the prices are fair and it is full of locals! Alternatively, you can just buy food items and go back to Greenwich Park for a picnic… just beware of the squirrels: they will try and steal your food!
By the time you’re done having lunch you will probably want to go back to Greenwich Park and relax under the trees – and I can’t blame you!
And that is it for day 3: being a tourist and a local, learning a lot and relaxing a lot as well.
There is one more post for this itinerary, so stay tuned!
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