So, we got up a little later than expected, but we didnâ€™t
sleep the day away by any means. We knew our mission for the day: Tower of
London. We hopped on over to Victoria
station and took the tube to Tower Hill and took some photos from afar before
crossing the street and heading into the fortress. Mom got a yearly-family pass
because it will save us a lot of money when the family comes over in January
for my graduation. Plus it gets us into 4 other royal places and gets us
discountsâ€¦woohoo! (more on the discounts later) Anyway, so we get inside and I
take a photo with a Yeomanâ€¦he was super cool. Then we decided to get the audio
tour. We wait in line, I was the first and this nice Spanish man helped me (and
flirted with me as well).
He asked how many, I said 3, he got them for me, and
I gave him my Drivers License (as required so people donâ€™t accidentally run off
with the audio guides). Then he said â€śare you a student?â€ť â€śyesâ€ť â€śalright then,
discountâ€¦.thatâ€™s 7.50â€ť (he didnâ€™t even ask me for a student ID like the other
clerks!). Then he handed me the guides one at a time and I handed them back to
my mom. Then the last one (mine) he said, â€śhere is the strap it goes around
your neck like thisâ€¦â€ť and he puts it over my head, around my neck and said â€śyou
get special treatment *wink*â€ť I said thanks and we were on our way. Now, we
started the audio tour, learned about the Traitors Gate and the Wakefield
Tower, and then we got sidetracked. There was St Thomasâ€™s tower and the
entrance to the Medieval Palace and the South Wall walk that wasnâ€™t included in
the audio tourâ€¦so we decided to go on up!
We walked up the stairs, went through a couple rooms of
museum like exhibits based on Late Medieval English culture.
Then we walked
into the Medieval Palace room where there were three historical actors having a
good time talking to each other and the crowd as though it were the Middle
Ages. Talk about my kind of thing! It was really awesome tooâ€¦because unlike
Viking day, these guys were into itâ€¦had their paraphernalia, had a Kingâ€™s
furniture and the like. It was good times. Anyway, King Charles is yappin it up
with his mates and then he started talking to me (my mom recorded some of it).
He asked me where I was from, my name and whatnot. I asked if they were going
to play the game of merrils they had on the table (Peter and I had played it at
the museum in Inverness). They replied, why donâ€™t you play with us? So, the
Kingâ€™s servant came over and played a game with me, as the king asked me how
old I was.
I said I was 21, he asked â€śare you married?â€ť I said laughing, â€śnoâ€ť
and he said â€śdo you want to be?â€ť and his other friend said â€śthe king is looking
for a new brideâ€ť haha. Itâ€™s not every day a girl gets asked if she wants to be
the queen of England! My mom took a video so you can sort of hear most of what
happenedâ€¦hehe. Although, I think I look a bit sketch in the videoâ€¦sorry for my
AAANNNYYYWWAAYY we went along the wall on the walks and saw the
crown jewels and then eventually got back on track with the audio tour, which
was really good in the end. There are a lot of additional stories you wouldnâ€™t
get otherwise. I really liked the tower green and the Tudor houses as well.
Anywayâ€¦we spent a good part of the day seeing every nook and cranny of the
towerâ€¦and it was the best time I spent in London so far! Although, I do love
the medieval stuffâ€¦hehe.
I didnâ€™t care for the White Tower so muchâ€¦all that
militarinessâ€¦not my thing. Oh oh ohâ€¦.cool though, got a sweet game called
Outrage which has medieval coins and crown pieces and itâ€™s a game where you try
to steal the crown jewelsâ€¦Iâ€™m sooooo excited! So, after we finished the tour, I
went back into the place where we got the audio guides to return them. I gave
them to one of the ladies and as she went to get my card, the guy who flirted
with me earlier, ignores the teeming crowd waiting in a huge mob for audio
guides, and yells across the counter and asks me if Iâ€™m being taken care of, I
said I was, and he smiled, and blew me a kissâ€¦haha. I laughed and leftâ€¦it was humorous.
After that, we went back to the hotel, grabbed
my computer and attempted to find free wifi at Waterstones in Picadillyâ€¦.
we couldnâ€™t. but before we actually got to Waterstones, we made a quick stop at
Twinings on Fleet Street and saw the Royal Court. While we were there, we just
HAPPENED to see camera crews outside, and one of them was interviewing what
looked like a rich womanâ€¦I took pictures just for the heck of it. Only to hear
down the road that it was Heather Mills. Interestingly though, when I look at
my photos, her face looks too chubby to be Heather Millsâ€¦although others assure
me that itâ€™s her. In any case, even if it wasnâ€™t Heather, she was rich, and
caught a taxi with the lift of her finger. To top off the night, we went to see
Les Miserables and it was AMAZING. I gotta say, I really liked whoever was
playing Jean that night, because his voice was unique and captivating.
musicalâ€¦everyone should go! Ahhâ€¦well thatâ€™s all. It doesnâ€™t sound like we did much,
but I sure did have a lot to write about! Off to Germany tomorrow!
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