Sept 6th, 2015
London blessed us with a beautiful, warm sunny day earlier this month so Dan and I decided to head out to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich (along with what seemed to be half of London!) for clear, blue, puffy-clouded views of London’s skyline with well-known buildings such as the Shard, the Gherkin, Heron Tower, and the Walkie Talkie, rising over the bend of the Thames river as it sparkled in the afternoon sun.
We were delighted to find that the Greenwich Vintage Fair was going on at the Cutty Sark Gardens that day and we grabbed a bite to eat at several of the street food trucks lined up before wandering the stalls of vintage clothes, home wares, records, and such while listening to vintage 45 rpm and 78 rpm DJs spinning classic tunes for the swing dancers who were tearing up the dance floor and giving lessons to fellow festival goers.
Soaking up the warmth of the sun, we did a slow meander from the Cutty Sark Museum through the Greenwich Market up toward Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, stopping to admire the views and of course visit the Prime Meridian, before heading back down the hill to check out the collection of both old and modern anchors outside the National Maritime Museum. On our way back toward the tube station, I fell in love with this neat ship-in-a-bottle art piece installed out in front of the museum. Our only regret of the day? That we hadn’t thought to bring our picnic blanket and books with us to spend a few hours in the park lounging on the grass.
Take a look for yourself, doesn’t Greenwich just glow in the summer light?