Posted by: martha sue | April 29, 2016

Tower of London

The first tourist attraction we ventured out to see was the Tower of London. This was on April 25th. We took the underground tube from Hounslow Central to the green line (District) in Acton Town and took that to the Tower Hill Station. Got off the tube and wandered up the path and found signs that took us right to the tower. First trip a success!

Tower of London

Tower of London

We stayed here most of the day. The first thing we did after we waited in line to get our tickets was to enter the grounds and saw that there was a walking tour just beginning so we gathered round our Yeoman Warder guide more commonly known as the ‘Beefeaters’. Our guide was really good and knew his history about the Tower. These guides are required to have served in the armed forces with an honorable record for at least 22 years.

Walking Tour - Tower of London

Walking Tour – Tower of London

From the entrance our guide took us to the Bloody Tower, the Beauchamp Tower, the Tower Green and the Scaffold site where Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536, and ended at the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula where Anne Boleyn was buried.

We left the tour and went to see the Crown Jewels – of course, no one is allowed to take pictures. Just know that they were magnificent! It took some time to go through this exhibit.

Guard at the Crown Jewels

Guard at the Crown Jewels

We left there and went through the White Tower. This is one of the most famous castle keeps in the world and is the oldest part of the Tower. We climbed up all four floors and saw lots of arms and armour on display.

Armor in the White Tower

Armor in the White Tower

The ravens – the guardians of the Tower. Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. They say there are 7 ravens at the Tower today – we saw two…

Ravens at the Tower of London

Ravens at the Tower of London

We left the tower as it was just beginning to rain. We spotted a currency exchange station and decided to exchange some. The light rain didn’t last but 10 or 15 minutes. We then made our way back to the tube station – it took some time to find the correct path but we made it and got back to our Hotel late afternoon. We went back to The Bell for cocktails and after visiting with some of the locals, we headed to The Sun pub for supper.

My beer this evening was — Strongbow Pear. Well, one of them was this…

Strongbow, of course, in its own glass.

Strongbow, of course, in its own glass.

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