Saturday, June 5, 2010

Temple and Greenwich

Thursday was temple day. We took the train about 45 minutes, and then we took a cab for another maybe 7 minutes or so. The train ride is worth it just for the view. As soon as you're out of London, the world turns into green hillsides with sheep, cows and horses. It is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen. The temple itself is pretty simple, but the grounds are gorgeous. They are truly "grounds" and I'm not sure if I even saw all of them. It's like another whole park with a temple in the middle. It's perfect.

Our temple group: Emma, Charles, Mike, me and Ben

The temple grounds are covered with little pathways through a little forest. I followed one for a while and kept coming across these beautiful views into farm backyards. Sometimes I couldn't tell where the grounds ended and private property started...

Just some of the beautiful flowers. So so beautiful!
The front of the temple. The sun is appropriately glowing in the back.

Through some of the trees.

On Friday, Mike, Ben and I went to Greenwich (said gren-itch). We took the Thames Clipper (a water bus) down the Thames and it was absolutely delightful. We've had such good weather this weekend! There is so much to see in Greenwich. This is where the Prime Meridian can be seen, and this is what divides the eastern and western hemispheres. Greenwich is also home to the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, which we saw. Other places of interest were the Queen's House and the Painted Hall, which looks like a mini-St. Paul's.

Straddling the Prime Meridian. Two timezones at onces, and at 0° 0′ 0″. This is at the Royal Observatory.

The view out from the top of the hill on Greenwich Park.

Not exactly sure what this is, but it's awfully geometrical, don't you think? It was somewhere between the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

View of part of the Royal Observatory with the ball that drops at 1:00 pm (or 13:00 here in the UK) every day on top of the Octagon Room.

Facade of the National Maritime Museum.

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