Wayfare Wednesdays! A Travelogue of Ports Unknown! England

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the newest installment on me Log, Wayfare Wednesdays!  As ye scalawags know, yer Captain always be spending me time dreaming of the next far off ports and searching of a good adventure.  So I thought I would give the crew some insight into the fascinating people, places, and things I saw while ye all were wallowing in port in some filthy tavern, swilling grog, and missin’ the sights.  Ye know in case ye miscreants ever get the chance to plunder visit these destinations in the future . . .

wayfare
way·​fare |  ˈwāˌfa(a)|(ə)r-ˌfe|

 archaic : an act or course of journeying (source)

As some of ye may know, I recently had a line on a rumor of a bit of Viking treasure, Scottish ruins, and Elizabethan artifacts.  The sea was a’ calling.  So off I went.  After eighteen days of adventurin’ in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and England, I be back to share me tales.  I shall be splittin’ these stories into several installments due to yer befuddled, swill-saturated noggins.  The first foray was Iceland then Norway then Scotland.  Next stop – England!

If ye missed day one of Iceland click here.  For day two of Iceland click here.

For day one of Norway (Bergen) click here. For day two of Norway (Geirangr) click hereFor day three of Norway (Lofoten) click hereFor day four of Norway (Tromsø) click here.  For day five of Norway (Honningsvåg) click here.

For day one of Scotland (Shetland Islands) click here.  For day two of Scotland (Orkney Islands) click here.  For day three of Scotland (Edinburgh) click here.

England be the land of Shakespeare!  The Ma and I spent one full day here at the end of our trip but did we ever jam pack stuff in.  I studied for a semester abroad in London back in the day so I didn’t feel the need to do lots of stuff in the city proper.  The ship was docked in Greenwich which has a wonderful maritime history so the ma and I explored that town.  However the first stop was Southbank to visit:

The Globe

Okay I be a huge Shakespeare nut.  I studied Shakespeare (and contemporaries) in grad school and read all his plays.  I worked in professional theatre as a stage manager with the goal to do as many Shakespeare plays I could.  I have been to Stratford-Upon-Avon, celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and got to be a groundling at the Globe during a production of The Two Noble Kinsmen back in the day.  So a “backstage” tour of the Globe was a must.  Now I didn’t get to see the kinda backstage I wanted (scene shops, props storage, booth) but I did get to watch some voice workshop rehearsal and a sword fighting demonstration which was cool.

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Millennium Bridge

This bridge is known as the “Wobbly Bridge” because it has to be closed on the same day as it opened due to instability and design flaws.  It was closed when I studied in London.  So it was nice to be able to finally walk across the bridge this time around.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral and Riverside Walk

The Ma and I walked across the Wobbly Bridge and strolled around the other bank.  We didn’t go into any place in particular.  It was more about being outside and enjoying our walk.

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The River Bus

After our walk, the Ma and I decided to head back to Greenwich by boat of course!  I had never used them before.  I loved going under all the bridges and getting to see the Traitor’s Gate!

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National Maritime Museum

This seriously be one of the best museums I have ever been to.  The sea mateys, the sea!  A ship in the bottle led us there.  Wonders abounded.

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The Queen’s House

This structure is part of the Maritime Museum but deserves it’s own heading.  It was built for Queen Anne of Denmark by Inigo Jones who also was a famous theatrical scenic designer.  I may have done a hearty squee, I mean Arrr!, when I realized that.  Just look at the gorgeous Tulip Staircase and Loggia floor.

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Greenwich Market

Nothing was purchased here but it was fun to walk around in for a minute.

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Greenwich Foot Tunnel

This lovely tunnel goes beneath the Thames from Greenwich to Millwall.  The cast-iron tunnel is 1,215 feet (370.2 m) long, 50 feet (15.2 m) deep and has an internal diameter of about 9 feet (2.74 m).  One section had to be repaired because of WWII.  There is a lovely park on the other side of the river.

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The Final Pub

And a trip to England wouldn’t be complete without a fish n’ chips meal at a local (slightly touristy) pub?

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That almost be the end of this trip’s wayfare adventures.  But it wouldn’t be complete with a tour of the ship.  Check out next week’s final post for this cruise.  Arrrr!

x The Captain

Side note:  The Wayfair Wednesday featured image (source) is of two sailing vessels “dressed overall” with their international signal flags.  Signal flags are the flags used to contact other ships.  Well unless ye be a pirate in which case the Jolly Roger and yer cannons speak well enough.  A ship dressed overall “consists of stringing international maritime signal flags on a ship from stemhead to masthead, from masthead to masthead and then down to the taffrail. It is a sign of celebration, and is done for occasions, anniversaries, and events, whether national, local or personal.”  (source)  Well, Wayfare Wednesday is certainly a celebration, occasion, and event no matter how ye look at it.  Arrrrr!

32 thoughts on “Wayfare Wednesdays! A Travelogue of Ports Unknown! England

    1. I love them too. But in trying to save loot and space in the hold, I now take pictures of things I would have bought in the past. I was tempted though. It was even funnier because the Ma thought I was nuts for laughing so hard. Which of course only made me laugh harder.
      x The Captain

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  1. Enjoyed reading about your voyage Captain! This Shakespeare fellow seems to be quite a talented bloke. Fitting that his theatre is a prestigious one. The book “Salty Dog Talk” caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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    1. Salty Dog Talk not only has a fantastic title but also sounds awesome. I will likely get that one at some point. In fact many of the books in the museum wanted to make their way into me pack. No room in the hold until I clear out some of the others though. I just love the weird books out there. Thanks for the comment.
      x The Captain

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  2. Such a fantastic trip! And I didn’t realize you were a fellow stage manger! I’ve only worked with community theatre groups, but there’s nothing quite like calling a show and watching the whole thing happen in front of you. (Ah, the power… 😉 ) I would love to see some of these sights, haven’t been to England yet but at the very least the Globe is on my bucket list.

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    1. Aye, I loved stage managing very much. The job itself wasn’t the problem. I just couldn’t take working the 16 hour days anymore and wanted more time to other fun. I still go to see live theatre and always have to know where the booth is! And aye, get to the Globe one day!
      x The Captain

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      1. I think if I were to do it again, I would volunteer so less pressure and all the fun. Shakespeare likely. Other than that I enjoy watching and discussing them with the First Mate. We have a chart rating all the plays we have seen together with very light commentary. It be fun.
        x The Captain

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      2. That sounds fun. 🙂 We do more Gilbert & Sullivan than Shakespeare. For us, the music is a huge part of why we enjoy theatre. (And as a bonus, I met Mr. Wyrm while we were doing a show together, so we knew right away that we had one of our big hobbies in common.)

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      3. Ah the musicals and I don’t usually mix. There are some but not a ton. Strangely I have never seen a Gilbert & Sullivan show though I have heard some of the songs sung in auditions. What show did ye meet on? I love those stories!
        x The Captain

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      4. We met during a production of Camelot, but didn’t start dating until after a couple more shows together. The Mikado was one of our favorites, though most G&S groups won’t do it these days because “it’s racist”. (In reality, G&S were using Japan as the setting but were making fun of the British, but it means most companies won’t touch The Mikado nowadays.)

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      5. Aye, me best friend worked on a version of the Mikado back in the day. She agrees that it likely won’t be performed much in the future. I think that without the helicopter, Miss Saigon would have already done the same. I am always up for new diverse musicals though. I didn’t like Hamilton itself but love its impact. A solid well put together show but not for me. Though watching people singing along and how young the audience was made me super happy.
        x The Captain

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      6. Good point! I agree that Miss Saigon is probably done mostly because of the special effects. I loved Hamilton, but part of what I love about it is how it’s brought new people to the theatre. And people are learning on their own! Because history is being made interesting! That part is certainly cool.

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    1. That staircase was amazing! Though I have a think for staircases. And architecture in general. I wanted to be an architect when I was little. The First Mate and I like exploring new places and have yet to go back to somewhere we have been before. We shall at some point though.
      x The Captain

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      1. I know what you mean! I love it too but it seems like when I have the money for it I don’t have the time, and when I have the time, not enough money. So cruel. Here’s hoping many more wonderful travels find their way into your life nevertheless!

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  3. Another fantastic adventure I see! For some reason your Wayfare Wednesday posts make the app on my phone freeze up which is why I didn’t comment on the last couple, but as always I am jealous. Of all these places I’d really love to see England the most. It’s just got sooo much history, from the Celts to the Romans to the Vikings and beyond.

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    1. I really do love England. I would love to see the moors and many of the grand gardens. Or really just more life outside of the cities. I am sure me posts make yer phone freeze because of the amount of photos. I have such a hard time trimming the number down.
      x The Captain

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