Date: 28th Jan 2007
This was my last leisurely visit to London, I was to travel back to India on 4th of Feb 2007. The initial plan was to visit Wimbledon grounds and take a guided tour, my friends who had done a tour of Lords cricket ground the previous day were keen on seeing Wimbledon too. I on the other hand was not interested in seeing any Tennis grounds, and on top of that had to pay for the tour in order to be shown where the players rest, where they change clothes, where Federer lifted his cup and where he will lift it again! :D. Anyway, fortunately for me, the underground railway lines (tubes) operating towards Wimbledon were suspended for the day, due to maintenance reasons. As one of my friends friend had not been to Greenwich, it was decided to pay yet another visit to this place.
After having a sumptuous meal at a hotel called ‘Chennai Dosa’ in East Ham we made our way to Greenwich observatory. The observatory had some obsolete star gazing instruments with very uncomfortable looking seats, one can imagine the infinite patience of whoever using such apparatus to note down and later model the relative movement of stars in the night sky. By the time we came out of the observatory it was dark and we could get a very good view of the skyscrapers in the Canary wharf region.
Laser projected from the Observatory to mark the Prime Meridian line
This Laser could be seen even on the other side of Thames river, which is quite a distance from the observatory. Infact, you can see this green ray of light faintly in the first snap too.
Canary wharf railway station: This is one of the most modern railway stations in London.
The above photo is taken with 2.5 seconds of exposure, hence you can see some semi transparent ghosts like people. I had asked my friends not to move for 3 seconds. Other people who have not moved at all or with less relative motion are visible in the snap. From left to right: We can see a person (maybe a lady, from the handbag) taking photos or using the phone, a lady leaning against the wall, my friends, a guy (in the distance) who appears to be doing nothing at all, and a couple who presumably are kissing.