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 Boelyn 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.
This is where Henry the VI died on May 21st 1471:
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 the 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, that were standing there. 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; Scavenger’s Daughter:
The Rack: Manacles
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 lets 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.