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Back on the DLR we travelled to Island Gardens Station which is just a short way further on from Heron Quays. We were going across the River Thames to Greenwich but not on a bridge or on a boat but on foot in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. So that's just 112 steps down to the tunnel, walk the width of the Thames and up the 112 steps the other side. Did I really say 'just'?

The tunnel appears to be quite popular so it certainly wasn't lonely down there, the trip across didn't seem to take very long and we emerged from the nether regions near the Old Royal Naval College. This is an attractive area with the old naval buildings and the ground rising through Greenwich Park beyond to the Old Royal Observatory on the hill.

The Old Royal Navy College was established in 1694 and entry is free. It was, as one might expect on a warm sunny day during the school holiday, very popular and doubly so because the lack of any entry charge. There are a number of things to see here of which the most spectacular is the Painted Hall which James Thornhill took 19 years to paint.

This part of the Painted Hall shows one of a number of trompe l'oeil effects achieved in the painting and the  light coming in the window just enhances that. The fluted columns in the first of the Painted Hall photographs are also trompe l'oeil.

One other location not to be missed is the Chapel.

Very ornate with yet more painting and decoration including lots of gilding.

We moved through the buildings closer to Greenwich Park and saw this view of the old with the new. The domes of the Old Naval College and the new towers of Canary Wharf, where we'd been earlier, and although you can't see it the Thames is somewhere in between.

We left the Old Naval College buildings and made our way uphill across Greenwich Park to the Old Royal Observatory which comprises a number of buildings which are open to the public, at no charge, and the 28 inch telescope dome is one of them. A very worthwhile visit for those who are interested in Astronomy.

We also saw the Greenwich Meridian, the line dividing East from West, which was very popular with visitors all in a long queue waiting to photograph their families standing astride the line with one foot in the East and one foot in the West.

On our way back down the hill towards Greenwich we did notice the occasional daffodil.

We were now headed for the Greenwich Cutty Sark Station on the Docklands Light Railway and onward to our next destination.