We fell in love with Greenwich during a two day visit back in 2017, so it was an easy decision to choose it as our final month on this side of the Atlantic once we’d resigned ourselves to having to leave the Schengen Zone. It has lots of green parks, historic buildings, great pubs, and lovely walkable neighbourhoods.
The bonus was supposed to be London’s excellent transit system, but we’ve arrived in the midst of ongoing rotating rail strikes impacting trains, the underground, and sometimes buses and trams too. Nonetheless, we’re determined to work around the service interruptions and do our best to venture into London proper – and a few other places – from our home base here.
I’ve found a HUGE list (99!) of possibilities for things to do just by Googling “Greenwich” – before even including a show in the West End and a visit to my best friend’s daughter in Portishead. The things we did on our last visit I’ve crossed off in red (that’s not to say we won’t revisit any of them), those that I’m not interested in are crossed off in black, and the rest remain options. Happy to have suggestions from previous visitors on what to prioritize. We have 30 days. Let’s see what we can do!!
Poor Ted. This post is the first he’s seen of what our “quiet” month in England might look like.
I don’t expect that I’ll be posting daily, since I made a commitment to spend time just enjoying walks in the welcome cooler temperatures. At the end of our stay, though, I’ll try to remember to repost the pictures above with the additional things we did crossed off.
ASIDE: While we’ve only been here for a little over a day, we’ve been feeling the love from everyone from the helpful woman behind us in line at the Stratford tube station, to the elegant Kenyan lady who chatted with me at the bus station, to the young Arabic woman riding behind us on the bus to Blackheath with her 2 young sons, to our gracious host who waited for us to arrive after dark and got us settled in, to the empathetic young man working in Sainsbury’s and the patient young woman helping newbies like me install their “shop and go” app in Aldi, to the many people walking in Greenwich Park who shared a cheery “good morning”. We’ve encountered nought but smiles so far (notice how properly English that sounded?) Greenwich is also noticeably clearer of garbage and cigarette butts than our other summer stays. I’m curious as to how London centre compares, but so far I’m hopeful.