London, England Day 2

Today London was a completely different city. It was HOT! It is so much like Vancouver that way. Rainy, cold and miserable one day, beautiful and sunny the next! I decided I just had to see the Tower of London. I’m sort of obsessed with the monarchy. Not the modern royals, mind you. I’m not counting down the days until “The Wedding” or anything! But Henry the Eighth and that era of the royals really interests me, so I wanted to see where a lot of the action happened. I’m finding it difficult to understand that these walls and grounds are the same that they walked upon… I live in such a young country, and even younger province so when I’m surrounded by buildings and art and monuments that are so old, I find it hard to believe that they weren’t just built as an attraction.  Sort of like Disneyland. I’m trying to wrap my head around it all. The history, the gore, the horrors that happened in this place. There was a lovely memorial to the people who were executed here. It’s easy to forget that these were real people that were killed, not just made up stories that we read or watch on the big screen.  The truth truly is stranger than fiction sometimes.
The chapel on the right hand side holds the remains of the people that were beheaded here.
The royal residences. The beef eaters who work at the tower live here now.
The memorial to Anne Boleyn and the rest of the unfortunate ones.
Tower Bridge.
Random Timer Shot!
Small shrine. I just thought it was quite beautiful!
My next adventure today was The London Eye! It was pretty cool. It takes 30 minutes to do a full rotation, and it is quite the view from the top. It was a perfect day to go up, clear, sunny and not a heck of a lot of smog hanging in the air.

It’s pretty touristy right in front of the attraction. Street performers, people selling stuff etc. Well, I was approached by a guy with one of the scams I read about in one of Rick Steeves books! The way it goes is a guy beckons you over and says he’s going to make you a friendship bracelet. He has embroidery floss and they make it right on your wrist, but doesn’t talk about how much it’ll cost.Then, they demand that you pay an exorbitant price for it! Well, I wouldn’t so much say this is a scam so much as a “buyer beware” kind of thing, but suffice it to say I said, no thank you….

Cool perspective of Big Ben.

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4 Responses to London, England Day 2

  1. Melissa Mueller April 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Vancouver turns 125 today – talk about history! Looks like you’re having a great time – so envious! Just five and a half months to Iceland!

    Melissa

  2. Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I loved the Tower of London too! (visited many years ago) Regarding the previous posts, the picnic set from MEC is really cute, and the packing cubes are the best, we use them all the time. Tara C from CF

  3. Michele April 7, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Great pictures, Andrea! It looks live you’re having such a good time getting around and enjoying the city. Have you had any good food yet? 🙂 I can’t believe you’re so close to me, just a little sea away instead of half a world. We’re getting the same weather you are—today is supposed to be beautiful. I’ll be thinking about you, wondering what you’re doing on Day 3.

    Too bad about the drunk people on the plane. My sympathies. Flying just isn’t fun anymore. 🙁

  4. Andrea April 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    @Melissa, I know, I was listening to my 100.5 The Peak radio App on my iphone last night and they mentioned it was Vancouver’s 125th b-day. So funny…
    @Tara, Thanks… I love my litle pic-nic set! And the packing cubes? Where have they been all my life?
    @Michele, The weather is still holding… had a great day walking in the countryside. I love it here! Just think, as of tomorrow I’ll be on the same continent!

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