{Birthday Weekend Shenanigans} Greenwich

My birthday was on Sunday, and to do a little pre-celebrating, a few friends and I decided to head down to London for the day on Saturday. We went out to Greenwich for most of the day, which was absolutely lovely. I had never been to this part of London before, but my friends and I came to the consensus that it would be a great place to live: it was lively but not overly touristy, easy to get around, and full of gorgeous architecture and lots of history (clearly right up my alley!). 

We had breakfast at a Spanish café in the Greenwich Market, and then we started our exploring with the Cutty Sark, an old tea clipper that has been converted into a museum on the banks of the Thames. It was actually a very well-curated exhibition, and we had a great time exploring the old ship. The fact that it is dry docked, as it were, several metres in the air made it perhaps just a bit cooler.
We picked up a late lunch from a Thai stall back in the market, and then took it to the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to eat. The naval college was beautiful, and when we were done, we popped into the Painted Hall, then climbed the hill up to the Royal Observatory. (I'll spare you the silly pictures of us straddling the Prime Meridian.)

At the end of the day, we headed back into central London to see the decorations at Covent Garden, and they did not disappoint. They were just as wonderful as I remember them being. We had Indian food for dinner (it was a very international day, cuisine-wise!), and admired all the lights before we had to head off to Kings Cross to catch our train.
It was a fabulous way to spend a Saturday, and a wonderful excuse to leave my piles of work behind for the day. I'll take a birthday celebration in London anytime!
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