Today was our trip to the Tower of London. It started out beautiful! Sunny with white, puffy clouds in the sky. We took the London Underground (please mind the gap) to the tower. We arrived just in time to join a free tour guide as he walked a group of about 50 people around the grounds of the tower explaining in full detail the history as it played out in this very place. During the tour the beautiful weather had tuned to grey skies with light drizzle and then eventually to a steady rain…welcome to London! Eric and I were determined not to let the rain get the best of us.
The Tower of London – kind of misleading name, it’s only about 3 to four stories tall, but it’s a series of several castles, walls, moats and towers. Through the years it served as a royal residence, and a place to store the Crown Jewels (they are still on showcase there today), a high profile prison and a torture chamber. For Eric and I it was the highlight of our stay in London. The tower included collections of weapons, armour, royal crests, jewels and more. If you are an English history, war or royalty buff, this place is a must see! We spent several hours here, walked the fortress walls, and really soaked (literally) in the whole experience. It’s in amazing condition considering it’s nearly 1000 years old.