Today turned out to be the best day of the trip so far, and would become one of our most memorable. We rode the "tube" for the first time, successfully I might add, and went to see The Tower of London. If any London attraction is worth the price of admission, it's this one.
You could spend nearly a good portion of your day at The Tower. We were there three to four hours and didn't see all of it. (We missed doing the wall walk somehow). And whereas I could write you a small book about the history of the place and all that you'll see there, suffice to say, I'm going to post the pics and tell you the highlights of our time there. I do recommend, however, that if you go, do the Beefeater's tour. Our guide was fun to listen too, informative and gave us a brief overview of all the buildings, so after his talk, we were able to pick and choose what we wanted to see. We really saw and learned a lot, too much to write in length about without boring some of you who aren't history buffs, so I'll just touch on some of the highlights. A few of our favorites, here at the Tower were: The Crown Jewels, Traitor's Gate, The Queen's House, Beauchamp Tower, Bloody Tower, the execution site and St. Peter ad Vincula's chapel. Enjoy the pictures and my musings.
|The Tower of London (view from the street)|
|Beefeater Tour Guide|
|Middle Tower and Byward Tower|
|The stairs aforementioned royal prisoner's climbed up.|
|St. Thomas's Tower about the Tower Entrance.|
|The White Tower|
"Gentle visitor, pause awhile. Where you stand death cut away the light of many days. Here jeweled names were broken from the vivid thread of life. May they rest in peace while we walk the generations around their strife and courage under these restless skies."
|Entrance to Beauchamp Tower|
|The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula|
|Dragon made out of amour in the White Tower.|
|The Queen's House|
|Matthew very much enjoyed his trip to The Tower.|
|Dan did too!|
|Me at the Tower of London, as a guest, not a prisoner!|
|Tower Bridge: View from St. Katherine's Docks|
|One of the infamous ravens that guard the Tower.|
|The Dicken's Inn where we had lunch!|
|Matt at the Dicken's Inn|
Thanks for following my blog!!! Tomorrow we visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the town Oxford!