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Greenwich: Journey to Zero Hour

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If you live in Spain, you all know that in the United Kingdom "it is one hour less" than what your watches mark, as in the Canary Islands, because in the Iberian Peninsula and much of the European continent you live under the umbrella of "GMT + 1 " But where is that GMT and why is the Canarian rum with honey so rich? I cannot answer the second question, but in this article I can help you with the first one and also recommend a visit.

London is an old friend with whom I never agree as often as I would like. There are corners that always find me, whether I want to or not, like Piccadilly and his fake Eros, Trafalgar Square and the proximity of the well-kept secrets of the National Portrait Gallery, or the mysteries (because, really, some very modern things don't I understand ...) of the Tate. But if you no longer consider it essential to take a tour of old Ben or pay homage to His Majesty, I propose an excursion of one day neither more nor less than at time zero or, more correctly, to "the zero line", the Meridian of Greenwich.

Practical advice

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The best way to travel from London is by boat, from the pier that is at the foot of the famous Tower (which at this point you all know that it is rather a fortress) and go up the Thames for a half hour of interesting travel. Do not ride one of the “tourist” boats that will be more expensive with the only extra of a comment, use the normal boat. For the return, you can choose between bus or Docklands Light Rail.

Upon arrival at the Greenwich Pier, spend a few minutes visiting the well-kept surrounding buildings and the National Maritime Museum, which, thanks for the gesture, is free to enter. In addition you can stock up on coffee and snacks in the cafeteria on the first floor to take them during the pleasant walk through the park that leads, up a hill, to the Royal Observatory.

When the sun and the sky is clear, it is a pleasure to let you lose sight of the panoramic view that is offered, with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf on the right, the facilities of the Maritime Museum before us, the river behind them and On the left you can see both the dome of the St. Paul's Cathedral and, beyond, the characteristic office building nicknamed Gherkin (pickle), unmistakable in the silhouette of this metropolis.

What is the oldest object you can touch on this planet? Do not; Sara Montiel does not serve as an answer. Well, probably the remains of a meteorite that fell on Earth a whopping 4.5 billion years ago! and that they will be within reach of your fingers in one of the buildings of the small astronomical complex.

And, of course, take your picture on meridian 0 before going down to the town of Greenwich, stroll through its covered market and have a delicious sushi, try a Breton cheese or find a Spanish-French food stall.

Bon Appétit!

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