A spectacular view from the Royal Observatory overlook located in Greenwich, England.
Platform 9 3/4 ~ if you are familiar with the Harry Potter books you'll recognize this as the fictional location for departure of the train to Hogwarts, selling magic artifacts and wizarding gear. Abbey is a big fan so we made sure to visit for a photo.
Because of its popularity, the station has the area set aside where fans can snap a fun pic.
Then, how can one visit London for the first time and not enjoy a Proper English Tea!
Next, we head to Tower Pier to board a boat for the Themes River Cruise.
Tower Bridge ahead
passing under the Tower Bridge
view of Greenwich and the Cutty Sark
Off the cruise boat, we walked to the Naval College, the Maritime Museum and past the Cutty Sark.
It was a hike up a tall hill and then lots of steps to reach...
the Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known as the location of the prime meridian. The observatory is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames.
The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August. The site was chosen by Sir Christopher Wren. At that time the king also created the position of Astronomer Royal, to serve as the director of the observatory and to "apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying of the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting of the art of navigation." He appointed John Flamsteed as the first AR. The building was completed in the summer of 1676. The building was often called "Flamsteed House", in reference to its first occupant. source
and this gorgeous view
We waited our turn
to stand on the Prime Meridian Line to have a foot in both hemispheres
The prime meridian and the International Date Line create a circle that divides the Earth into the eastern and western hemispheres. This is similar to the way the Equator serves as the 0 latitude line and divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres.
The eastern hemisphere is east of the prime meridian and west of the International Date Line. Most of Earths landmasses, including all of Asia and Australia, and most of Africa, are part of the eastern hemisphere.
The western hemisphere is west of the prime meridian and east of the International Date Line. The Americas, the western part of the British Isles (including Ireland and Wales), and the northwestern part of Africa are landmasses in the western hemisphere. source
Dusk turned to night and the evening became chilly.
So excited to share our next day...
the most special day of our trip!