Hello again London

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hit the big smoke again today, London Town. Our worn out tourist guides came with us as well. Took the usual public transport to get there. Cold and wet today, probably the coldest day of here so far but it was time to soldier on. Our destination was the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.
Soon enough we arrived in London and walked towards the Tower, an impressive first sight and is much larger than we thought. Bought out tickets and braved the rain to the entrance.
William the Conqueror began to build the massive stone tower in 1070 at the centre of his London fortress.Nothing like it had ever been seen before. The ruthless William intended his mighty White Tower not only to dominate the skyline,but also the hearts and minds of the subjugated Londoners. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams; nearly a thousand years later the Tower of London still holds us all in thrall. Some of the most famous executions took place at the private scaffold site on Tower Green including three Tudor Queens. You can observe all kinds of graffiti the prisoners made during their inprisonment and prior to their death. Also on display were the Crown Jewels. Entry to this section is through the thickest steel door you have ever seen. Fabulous items to be seen there dating back to very early royal days. One crown is more opulant than the next and of course Queen Elizabeth II crown was singularly on display and is something to be seen. The whole thing just sparkles. You must not think of the opulance when you see all this and just appreciate the workmanship of these items. Glad we saw it just the same. On display was a punchbowl made of gold which held 144 bottles of wine. One king commissioned it but it took that long to make , he died before it was finished and never saw it completed. All very interesting.
After visiting the Tower we walked over the tower Bridge. Sorry no close up photos, battery ran out,and had  not seen a shop yet, to buy some more. I love the Tower Bridge and it did not disappoint. Beautiful structure, the fact that the hole thing vibrates when a bus drives on it does not matter. Also good views from the bridge.
Despite the weather not being on our side we walked around the area a bit more and saw various landmarks. It is always good just to walk around and take a look around. Finally decided that we all had enough so caught a bus to Trafalgar Square, walked to a restaurant in order to finish the day of with a nice meal and warm up a bit. Home again by 10pm.  Tomorrow we will start our trip to Europe, all very exciting. It has been a lovely visit here. Thanks good people we will see you in Spain in June.
A very successful  and satisfying day
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goonermarch on

As usual there are some really good pictures on the blog with the one of the Tower of London extremely good. For all of you reading this blog Richard probably takes most of the photos and does so without any of the fuss and bother one associates with a good photographer so it just goes to prove that provided you are in the right place at the right time the results can be spectacular. I must also add that Richard takes most of his photos holding the camera with one hand only!

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