Sunday, February 12, 2017

Exploring the Royal Museums, Greenwich


Last month, I was lucky enough to spend a day out having adventures with the lovely Emma. We brunched at Big Easy then we spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring some of the wonderful museums over in Greenwich.

Our first stop was the National Maritime Museum. I've been here several times on school trips, but on this occasion it was lovely to explore without having to pause every few moments to do a headcount (I'm such a triple-checker when I run school excursions!). The museum is light and inviting and full to bursting with the most fascinating pieces which chart the naval and sailing history of our island nation. 








Yes, I'll always take an opportunity for a silly pose!

As well as enjoying the year-round exhibits, Emma and I went to the National Maritime Museum to take in the Emma Hamilton exhibition (which runs until 17 April). On the day we attended entry was free for all Emmas! It was a great exhibition, and I learned so much about the rise and fall of Emma Hamilton and the many historical heavyweights she ran with. 



After touring the Emma Hamilton exhibition, Emma and I headed next door to the Queen's House. This beautiful building has it's own complement of art and artefacts, as well as great views across the river.



It was delightful to see the famous Tulip Staircase. This geometrical wonder was so fun to see, climb, and photograph.


Inigo Jones's Great Hall, with it's perfect proportions, was a sight to behold.


In the rooms leading off the Great Hall there were several anterooms full of artwork and pieces reflecting the rich history of the building, and of Greenwich itself.





As we departed the sun was beginning to go down, but the views across to Canary Wharf, past the towers of the Old Royal Naval College, were still lovely.


We ambled back towards the DLR station, pausing to take a wander around Greenwich market, which I love going to for gifts and treats.


Then we finished our day of fun with frozen margaritas in the cutest little tapas place - methinks we'll be back there for a meal before long....


Good company, history, and frozen margs? My kind of day.





3 comments:

  1. We definitely need to get the next one in the diary!

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    1. I'm always up for future historical margarita tours with you both xx

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  2. I too love impersonating every statue and sculpture in the naval museum. It has to be done xx

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