Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Tower of London

Day Two was spent at the British Museum.  All day!  It is huge so we saw maybe 1/4 of it.  We had to pick and choose, so we did China and south east Asia, Egypt and Europe through the middle ages.  Landmark Must-Sees were the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin marbles, the Lewis Chessmen. But everyone will have their own.  The website is good.  At the end of the day we were just beat.  Feet, legs and all joints ached from walking and standing.  We made our way to Chinatown and collapsed in the nearest buffet, then took a London taxi to Waterloo Station.

Day Three was supposed to be Kew Gardens in the  morning and Churchill's War Bunker in the afternoon.  It was rainy; my body refused to move, and Tanya wanted to go shopping.  So they (Tanya and Lyn) did and I read and slept all day.  It was heavenly.  Dasha and Masha were the beneficiaries. Next time...

Day Four was the Tower of London.  That was well worth it.  London is 2000 years old.  The Romans built a fortress there.  William of Normandy, a thousand years later, incorporated part of the Roman walls into the White Tower which was built in 1070.  It was added to and remodeled and so forth for a few centuries, serving as Royal Palace, Citadel, Mint, Armory, Prison among other things.  There are actually 21 towers and many other buildings surrounded by walls and at one time a moat.

Entry to the Tower
The White Tower

Our Yoeman Warder, THE best tour guide, in full dress uniform

Changing of the Guard at the Waterloo Barracks which house the Crown Jewels 

Rudolph Hess was the last prisoner held in the Tower, at the Queen's House

One of the Tower Ravens

Father and Daughter at the Tower Bridge
The next day we left for home, tired and happy and with one extra suitcase.  

3 comments:

  1. I went to London last July for the first time. Your photos took me right back there. I remember walking and gawking until I couldn't do anymore. You make me want to go back and do it all again!

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  2. We were away for a few days so I just read your two posts about London now. Glad you had a good time. You really got quite a bit covered in four days.

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    1. Jono, it is a great city to visit. We will go back. My daughter shows no sign of returning to Canada so we will have both excuse and free board (for no more than five nights).
      David, we went flat out. It took me three days at home to recover.

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