Greenwich is known for its maritime history. Since the 15th century, the town became the site of the royal palace. Many rulers of the Tudor Dynasty were born here. The palace fell into disrepair during the English Civil War, and was later rebuilt as the Royal Navy Hospital for Sailors. In 1873, it was changed to the Royal Navy College until 1998. Now the buildings belong to the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music.
There is a museum in the university to introduce the history of Greenwich and the buildings.
The boat cabin.
This is a real ship!
The riverscape along the Thames.
These buildings are part of University of Greenwich now.
I happened to go on the open day. Many parents took their freshmen-to-be kids to take a look at the school. The young people in blue are the university students helping to answer questions.
I guess this is the shuttle bus.
The Old Chapel.
After lunch, I took a walk in Greenwich Park.
From the hill in Greenwich Park, I got a lovely overview of the palace.
For those who don't know how to celebrate Valentine's Day, here is my idea--come to the planetarium for a star show. Should be romantic...
In parks in London, there are bins designed for dog owners everywhere.
I love such a serene and lovely Saturday afternoon.
Two little girls and their dad studied seriously the icicle that hung from the tree. It was a sign of snow...
There are small hills in the park, so the scenery is different from that in other parks.
The Queen's House was constructed for Queen Anne. Because it was freezing and the museum was free, I went in for some warmth.
I really thanked the queen for such a favor. Greenwich feels like a very approachable place basking in the good fortune endowed by the royal family. There is no such pomp as that of Windsor.
Even when I was sketching, the tour guide came to tell me about the history of the Queen's House.
The wife of the general was plain-looking, which marked her from the other portraits. I felt like drawing her.
On my way home I found a HUGE secret--here is the home of post trolleys!
I decided not to take part in the design competition of the bike jersey. But I've learned that there is so much for me to see in London. I greatly admire my classmates who can grasp the spirits of London in two weeks. For me, it will take more than months to go through my experiences of living in this city. I am definitely very very lucky to spend some time here in my lifetime!