Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stargazing: Greenwich, England

Chapel, Old Royal Naval College

A nod to Britain's storied maritime history

NOTE: Click on any photo within this story to see a large-format slide show of all images.

London: Greenwich
Catch the Thames Clipper near Westminster Bridge and travel directly to Greenwich Pier. Despite its proximity to central London, Greenwich feels like a day in the country, with vast swaths of green lawns, trees and iconic architecture. Hike to the top of the hill and enjoy impressive views of the Park, Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, and Thames. 

At the Royal Observatory, visitors snap endless photos while straddling the western and eastern hemispheres. Watch out for selfie sticks! Inside Flamsteed House, antique-filled rooms and well-paced environmental graphics explain the history of time, navigation and astronomy. Founded in 1675 to help mariners find their way at sea using longitude, the Observatory now defines time and place for the world.

Best way to see Greenwich Park? Walk! The eighth Royal Park covers 180 acres, now in the midst of spectacular autumn foliage. The Park dates to Roman Britain, and has been enclosed since 1433.

The Old Royal Naval College is stately and impressive. Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor designed the campus as a hospital for mariners, which opened in 1694. In 1873, the buildings were converted into a school. The campus is now home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The Painted Hall and Chapel are well-known landmarks.

Our brilliant and witty friend David Thomas teaches voice at Trinity Laban. David is a classical bass singer (now retired from performing), who began his career as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral before winning a place at King's College, Cambridge, as choral scholar. He has performed with top orchestras and conductors worldwide, and can be heard as soloist in an extensive discography of early music recordings, including this tour-de-force Handel recital conducted by Nicholas McGegan: Arias for Montagnana.

LISTEN: David Thomas sings Purcell with soprano Emma Kirkby HERE.

Future blog entries will showcase more British architecture, gardens, art exhibitions and galleries, plus the city of Dorchester, England, birthplace of novelist Thomas Hardy.

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Chapel interior

Greenwich Park, Queen's House, iconic spires and beyond

Observatory — red time ball drops at 1 p.m. every day
Observatory Gate 24-hour clock
First clock to show Greenwich Mean Time to the public (1852)
The Prime Meridian attracts visitors from around the globe

John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal (1646-1719), who catalogued more than 3,000 stars
Catching up with friend David Thomas at Trafalgar, a Greenwich pub frequented by Charles Dickens

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