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Day 19 - Exploring London

all seasons in one day

By feet, underground, boat and London Eye we explored London today.

Just a FYI it was wet and cold on and off all day so this made outdoor activities a tad trying!

Off to the Tower of London and we took the Yeoman Warder tour first up. An ex Sargent Major in the British Army made sure he gave his vocal chords some good practice. He thinks he is a funny guy! At one point he asks about the countries the group comes from - Canada, USA, NZ and Australia - when a few indicate they are there he says "Welcome back"! He needs to learn about free settlers and not just convicts!

We then toured the Crown Jewells display where a few key items were missing as some old lady called Betty wanted to play with them today. Nonetheless an impressive collection and a punch bowl that would look good at a Harman Christmas table.

After a quick look around the rest of the complex we took up places for a 41 gun salute in honour of the opening of Parliament. In the middle of this the rain went from a bearable shower to a downpour so we retreated into a nearby gift shop. But we got the impact of the noise, flashes when the gun went off and the smoke.

We headed towards Westminster and called into a typical English Pub and had fish n chips. Entertainment was provided by an Irish chap in full kilt regalia who got louder and louder the drunker he got. We toddled out to hear Big Ben strike 2 pm and noticed the London Eye was close by. We had tried to book tickets online but could not get a booking till June so we chanced our hand and walked down. We got tickets to a river cruise and the London Eye. Easy Peasy! Even though the London Eye looks extremely scary it was actually a smooth ride, very slow and steady and there was no huge feeling of being however many feet in the air.

On safe ground again we backtracked past the Palace of Westminster and did a tour of Westminister Abbey. More than a church it is a collection of graves, monuments and memorial plaques. Interestingly not all is ancient history as one of the Northumberland family was buried in the family vault in 2012. By chance we stumbled across some internal gardens, courtyards, residences and offices. Not something you expect to see from the outside.

Then home by the underground battling the peak hour commuters, a quick stop off at the shops and time now to put our feet up.

Betty

Betty

Punch bowl

Punch bowl

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower grounds

Tower grounds

Within the Tower

Within the Tower

Fire

Fire

Big Ben

Big Ben

in the Eye

in the Eye

From the Eye

From the Eye

Posted by JHarman 10:45 Archived in United Kingdom

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Ashford International. WOW it is different. Fancy someone needing Crown Jewels.

by Maryannkrug

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