Tower of London, Tower Bridge, & Rain Delay

This morning, we woke up early got showered, got dressed, and then went downstairs to have breakfast. After breakfast, we went back to our room, and packed up our book bags, grabbed our umbrellas and we were out the door to the metro station. We took the metro to the Tower of London. When we got off the metro, you walked through a tunnel and I saw this image of Anne Boleyn in the tunnel:

As soon as we saw the tower, I had a feeling that came over me like no other. It felt like an eerie feeling like some bad things went down here. I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect.
When we entered into the courtyard of the palace, there were guards in period costumes, who kept everything in order. They were not pleasant and didn’t like to help you or give you any history. They kept it very simple and straightforward.

The first part of the tower, we entered was the Medieval part of the, also known as St. Thomas’ tower. This is where King Edward the 1st stayed when he would visit the tower.

After the Medieval Tower, if you follow the map, it takes you to Lanthorn tower, this where they kept artifacts of Courtly life, from King Edward the 1st’s reign.

After Lanthorn tower, you enter Salt Tower, and this was probably the most chilling of all. People carved their hands into the wall before they died.

After you leave Salt Tower, you enter Broad Arrow, this is where the guards would protect the palace from being infiltrated by peasants, and the enemy. Look at that view of tower bridge!

One thing, Drew and I did, but I do not have pictures of, because they were not allowed was the Queen’s Crown Jewels. The building that houses the crowned jewels a guarded by British Military Guards. After we saw the crowned Jewels, I was standing in front of the Waterloo Barracks (those green tanks)  When, all of a sudden, I heard “Make Way!” It was so loud in my right ear. I jumped a bit and then moved out of the way.

Another set, of guards, was coming to relieve the guards, who guard the Waterloo barracks and the building where the Queen’s Crowned Jewels are kept. Drew said, “That is probably the only man, that you are going to let tell you what to do.” I laughed, because it is true!

After the crowned jewels, we went to “Lower Wakefield Tower.” Supposedly, there are only 23 documented cases of torture in the tower. England wasn’t big on Torture I guess, but the methods they used were so creepy.

All these methods look painful, and I would certainly tell them the truth, and all I knew, if I was being tortured like this. One thing that really gave me the creeps the most was seeing Traitors Gate. This is where Anne Boleyn entered:

Lastly, we saw the final resting place of Anne Boleyn and the others who were executed by hanging.

While they were waiting to be hung, they had to stay in Beauchamp tower. This was such a cool experience and awesome to see, but very creepy and very eerie. After we left the Tower, we went to go see Tower Bridge. We got to climb up to the top and go across to the other pillar, of the bridge, you could see the water below our feet!
Due to a rain delay, we stopped for Fish and Chips to wait out the rain:

After we finished our fish and chips, we made our way back out again. It was still pretty windy and rainy. We thought let’s just go back to the hotel for a nap and dry off, and try to see the Millennium Bridge tomorrow. I felt bad. He really wanted to see the Millennium Bridge.
Once we got off the metro, at Westminster station, we saw these amazing cupcakes, they were gourmet.  We had to get some for a snack and dessert later. They were from Lola’s Cupcakes: Pomegranate Apple Blossom, Vanilla, and I can’t remember the two Drew picked out. When we got back to the hotel, I made us some tea, and we one cupcake each, and then got showered, and then took a nap.
When we got dressed and wandered around Westminster Pier, and decided to have a beer on Thames. After our beer, we wandered back to our hotel, we had another busy day ahead of us tomorrow.

Tommy and Megan’s Wedding

Tommy and Megan’s Wedding

Today, I had a nail appointment at 10:30am. I went to Dunkin and grabbed Donuts and coffee for Leanne and I. She did my nails and my toes. I love hanging out with her, but my nails and toes took 2 hours!

After my nail appointment,  I stopped home for a bit, my mom made me a sandwich, and then I went home. I got dressed and Andrew’s parents picked me up, and took me to the hotel to see Tommy and Drew; his dad was going to get ready with the guys as well. Once we got to the hotel, the Pitt game was on and Drew was getting dressed in his tux. He looked so good. He put his hands on my hips as I pinned on his corsage, he said, “I know a bubsy that is going to be having my baby tonight.” I just laughed. He does look so damn good in a suit.

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After they got ready, his mom and I went down to see Megan. Megan was getting her make up done, when we walked in, and Butters was there. I was so glad to see him. He gave me kisses and let me hold him. I took Butters to see Tommy. They hadn’t seen each other since Wednesday.

When I was on my way to take Butters outside, the florist was at the bottom of the elevator. He asked if I could take them up to the bride and groom. I said, Yes I can do that. I took the flowers back up to the room and told Butters that we would go out after I delivered these. He couldn’t wait the poor thing, just peed in the hallway of the hotel. I felt bad for him.

Eventually we made it to the first look, and the Bridesmaid that made a big deal about not getting to make a speech, was walking butters to the fountain and he slipped out of his collar. I went to help her and she was like “We got it, We are good.” I was like yeah okay, you almost just lost the fucking dog. She was a fat miserable bitch. Fat women are typically miserable bitches, because they are miserable with themselves. I just kept being nice to her and killing her with kindness.

After the first look, we went to E2 where the ceremony was going to be held. I stood next Drew and we all gathered around in this horrible hot basement of E2 and the ceremony was so laid back. Drew and I both did the readings. I was first and he was second. He read a little reading on “Union.” Butters stole the show.

After the ceremony, we did the toasts, and finally got to eat. We had so much pasta and it was all served family style. I was able to sit across from Drew. Afterwards, we got our caricature drawn, and there was no dancing except the Bride and Groom’s first dance, as well as Father/Daughter, and Mother/Son dance.

After the reception, we went back to the hotel for bit, then it was time for Drew and I to go. We were so tired.