[see Miranda’s post from Jan about the Tower of London for more details]
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?)
First we took a look around, went to the crown jewels (no photos, but check out the link to Miranda’s blog above) …
The outer wall … that grass is where the moat was filled in …
oh, if only it was still a moat …
I LOVE that everywhere we went there were guides in all these different languages. Fantastic. You don’t see that in America.
The building on the right here (the white one) is the ACTUAL/original Tower of London. Built as a fortress.
ah, the ingenuity of torture devices….
the Tower bridge … right nearby (not the London bridge, don’t get confused)
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.
One of these blue doors belongs to the doctor and one to the chaplain of the Tower.
between the 2 outer walls.
After our self-determined walk, we waited at the front again for the guided tour with the Yeoman …
Here he is:
His mannerisms/delivery reminded me of a cross between Ricky Gervais and the Cowardly Lion.
The symbol on his uniform (also on other things as you’ll see) is the Queen’s sign. ERII …. Elizabeth Regina the Second
Somewhere on this green lawn is where Anne Boleyn was beheaded
another view of the tower bridge from inside the walls
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.
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….