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EV Day #13 – Banqueting House and a Trip Down the Thames


Day #13 of our European Vacation was a doozy – lots crammed into it. Mr. Tattered has starting wearing his fitbit and we’ve been logging 12,000, 15,000, even 17,000 steps a day. No wonder we’re so tired!

We started the day off with a visit to another place we’d never heard of, The Banqueting House. It is the only remaining part of Whitehall Palace (the primary residence of the Monarchy from 1530 until it burned to the ground in 1698.) The structure is a large hall which was built to hold state functions and “masques” or plays. It houses the only Ruben paintings that still remain in their original location, and it is speculated that the only reason they are still in existence is because they would have been too much trouble to remove from the ceiling. It is also the site of the execution of King Charles I in 1649. We have learned soooooo much!

Anyway, it was incredibly beautiful, and the self-paced audio tour was very interesting. Plus, they set out a bunch of beanbag chairs so you could lay back and enjoy the ceiling whilst (I love that word!) you listened to the tour!

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Mr. Tattered discovered a piece of home for lunch. Wouldn’t have been my choice since we can get the same thing at Chipotle whenever we want, but he’s been such a good sport about running ourselves ragged, I figured he deserved his 1st margarita in 2 weeks!

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Then it was off down the Thames River to Greenwich. We got a nice commentary about the sights along the way. My favorite part was going under the Tower bridge.

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We disembarked in Greenwich and Mr. Tattered went to the Maritime War Museum while I walked around town and scoped out a pub – the prettiest we’ve been in yet!

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…and place to have dinner. I chose a French restaurant – since I humored him at lunch, I figured he could humor me at dinner.  Turned out to be a really nice meal!

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We took the Dockyards Light Rail (DLR) home – yet another great form of public transportation! And collapsed. And we’ll start again 1st thing in the morning. I’m wondering how much more we’ve got in us!

 

 

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I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

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