England – Tower of London – Apr 4

[see Miranda’s post from Jan about the Tower of London for more details]

After St. Paul’s, we walked through The City (the ancient boundaries of the city) to the Tower of London

Our first view:

The actual/original Tower of London is within a couple sets of outer walls. …

When we were waiting in line to buy a ticket, some lovely woman with a group of kids walked buy and said, “Are you keen for a ticket? I have an extra.” … so we got a free ticket. … then I paid for 1/2 of Miranda’s student ticket so we each got in for 7ish pounds

(urgh. Miranda. I can’t find the pounds symbol in my Word program. Can someone email it to me?)

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First we took a look around, went to the crown jewels (no photos, but check out the link to Miranda’s blog above) …

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The outer wall … that grass is where the moat was filled in …

oh, if only it was still a moat …

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I LOVE that everywhere we went there were guides in all these different languages. Fantastic. You don’t see that in America.

such arrogance.

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The building on the right here (the white one) is the ACTUAL/original Tower of London. Built as a fortress.

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ah, the ingenuity of torture devices….

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the Tower bridge … right nearby (not the London bridge, don’t get confused)

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A lot of people (guards/etc) still live AT the Tower…. Not to mention the fact that it is officially a working royal residence. So one of those white apartments is the Queen’s …. we weren’t invited in.

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One of these blue doors belongs to the doctor and one to the chaplain of the Tower.

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between the 2 outer walls.

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After our self-determined walk, we waited at the front again for the guided tour with the Yeoman …

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Here he is:

Simon

His mannerisms/delivery reminded me of a cross between Ricky Gervais and the Cowardly Lion.

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The symbol on his uniform (also on other things as you’ll see) is the Queen’s sign. ERII …. Elizabeth Regina the Second

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Somewhere on this green lawn is where Anne Boleyn was beheaded

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another view of the tower bridge from inside the walls

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Again, read Miranda’s blog for the story of the ravens. … this is the only one we saw but there must be more since the United Kingdom is still in tact.

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Our parting shot as we made our way to the gift shop and lunch …

Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill was an exhibit that we just didn’t have time for. Too bad….

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  • linda t April 20, 2009, 8:26 am

    Oh, I love your Tower of London pics!!! Amazing!
    I immediately linked to your blog on my post! Especially wanted everyone to see your awesome Simon pics! Yes, we had the same guy!

  • NanAZ April 20, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Cool! It looks like you had a nice clear day.

  • Uncle Ted April 21, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Were there any heads on spikes the day you were there? I’m watching the Tudors, and thought of you.

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