National Treasures

May 12, 2012  •  3 Comments

Tower of London

The famous Tower of London has been or is; a palace, a prison, a museum, a shrine, a symbol, a tourist’s delight and more all rolled into one. The Crown Jewels display area has been a spiffed up and is a well planned exhibit that will be handling thousands of visitors a day during the Olympics and Jubilee. It is amazing to see crowns, swords, and other items that have served royalty for many generations. I also think about the people employed full time to protect and maintain these items over the years and wonder if their value holds well enough to warrant their expenses…hmmm.

We thoroughly enjoyed the “Beefeater” guided tour with his funny stories and ways of keeping things interesting. At the end of our tour I overheard him telling another tourist that he had been in the recent documentary on the Tower of London. Later I saw his face on some of the advertising. Kinda cool.

Peppers at Boroughs Market, LondonMarket Peppers Next to cross the river; we get on the Tube to go under the Thames River and come up on the other side, had to backtrack and change trains to get there. After deciding we didn’t have enough time to do everything we wanted we decided we needed to go straight to Southwark Cathedral and skip Boroughs Market. I was a little disappointed until we came out the wrong door from the subway and found we had to walk through the market to get to the cathedral. This is a very busy food market with wonderful varieties of cheeses, meats, breads, vegetables and much more. You can walk through and sample so many things that that you don’t need lunch, but some of the meal venders will change your mind.

Choir Stall Seats Southwark Cathedral feels older than some of the other cathedrals. I think that is because it isn’t as large or popular so it is more neglected. Many of its beautiful stained glass windows were blown out during the bombing of London and have not been remade. It is odd for a cathedral to have simple paned windows and only a few stained glass ones. Kinda sad really…oh my, that sounded British in my head.

The plan calls for a visit to the Globe Theatre for a tour before they close. Walking around in circles for much longer that we’d like, we finally do get to the theatre just in time for the last tour. We were in for an extra treat; there was a theatre group rehearsing for that evening’s performance…in Serbian. Couldn’t understand a word but that isn’t unusual for me and Shakespeare.


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Strait from the vine(non-registered)
Happy Mother's Day Momma! I love you..
Allena(non-registered)
Happy mothers day momma, joe and i were looking at your photos and he said that you need to get a photo of some soccer (oops i mean football) hooligans. love you
Little sister(non-registered)
Looks like you are having fun. I had a cup of tea in my hand and realized I could not just pick up the phone and talk to you. But I was pleased with the thought you were having a really good cup of tea on the other side of the world.
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