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Greenwich

Susan and I decided to stay in Greenwich and do some exploring.
First stop had to be a cafe as I hadn't had a coffee yet. I haven't had a chance to buy a stove top espresso maker and I won't drink instant.
So we stopped at Paul Rhodes, a small cafe/artisan bakery. Coffee was good and I had a mini almond croissant which was lovely.
We walked a loop round Greenwich just basically getting our bearings. We found Oliver's Jazz Bar, which is high on our list of places to go.
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A few months ago I did some research on Ancestory.com and discovered that for years my family on my Mum's side had all come from Greenwich. My Mum was the first generation not to be born here. She was born in Bermondsey, which is just down the road. The furthest I could go back was 1709. Most were born, lived and died in Greenwich. It wasn't until my Nan's generation (late 1800's, early 1900's) that some started to move away. For generations they were christened, married and buried in the same church, St Alfeges. You can see the church from our apartment and it's about a 5 min walk away.
We decided to have a look around and see if there were any headstones in the the churchyard. There has been a church dedicated to St Alfage on this spot since St Alfage who was the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered here by Vikings in 1012. It's also the church where Henry VIII was baptised in 1491. The current building was built in 1714 by Nicholas Hawksmoor and is typical of his style. As Kirsten (Fatty) will testify, Hawksmoor has long been a favourite of mine and I've long wanted to do a tour of Hawksmoor's London churches, so it turned out quite serendipitous. There were a few headstones but they were too worn away to see any of the names on them.
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We went back to our apartment and had lunch then went for a walk along the Thames path, heading east from Greenwich. Past the Royal Naval College and the Queens House. I'll go into move detail about those places on the days we visit.
The tide was out along the Thames and I tried to talk Susan into going mudlarking see if we could find a clay park, but she wasn't overly keen. There are some lovely looking pubs all along the river, it would only be right to try a few out whilst we were here, surely!?
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The sun was starting to set as we walked back towards Greenwich and the sky had a lovely golden glow. It was almost dark by the time we got home. We stopped to pick up some fish'n'chips and spent the evening relaxing watching TV and resting our achy feet.
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Posted by RUMissingUsYet 23:53

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Good girl Wendy - no-one should have to drink instant (shiver in horror). I love the rainbow over the tall ship! What a stunningly beautiful place (sigh) or is it just your good photos making it look better? Definitely try all of the pubs - you have to be fair and share yourselves around!

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