Tower of London

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Tower of London

Sunday was tourist day again!!  I love tourist day! :D

David and I decided to hit up Tower of London, the most epic of tourist destinations in London.  Ali's mom had given us a coupon from Good Housekeeping mag that got us 2-4-1 which was really sweet, being as otherwise it was £14 for students, £16.50 for adults!  :O  Anyway, yey for Ali's mom and diligence!

We had to wait in quite a long line but it actually worked out to be perfect timing, as when we walked in it was just about time for one of the guided tours to start.  The tour was free so we decided "why not?"  It was lead by one of the real Yeoman Warders (ie - Beefeaters) and he told a lot of great stories about the Tower, which is not really just a tower but more like a whole complex of buildings and towers and such.

Beefeater!
  We learned about a lot of the prisoners who had been kept (and sometimes killed) there and a whole mess of bloody and gruesome stories! :D  We were even able to go into the Chapel Royal, a place you can only visit on the tour, under whose alter the bodies of Anne Boyelyn, Lady Jane Gray and Catherine Howard (among others, all executed at the Tower) are buried.

After the tour and a bit of wandering, we decided to see the Tower's pièce de résistance: the Crown Jewels.  I honestly thought it was going to be a bit cooler, but maybe that's just because I've never been a big jewelry person.  I've seen so many baubles in my life that it didn't strike me as being real, quite large, precious gemstones in there.  I mean, it was still pretty cool.

  But IDK, I wasn't as struck as I thought I would be.

From the Tower, we decided to cross the river and revisit the Tate Modern to see the floor I had missed on a previous visit.  Wow, we had missed a huge chunk of awesome!  We'd previously only seen the 3rd floor, but on the 5th they had a whole bunch more!  Picasso, Munch, and Warhol were just a few of the pieces we saw.  Granted, they weren't their most famous pieces, but pieces none the less!  There was also a display where you went into a dark room and there were four or five videos being projected on the wall in various colors of girls with telekenetic powers.  It starts out silent, and then gradually a clapping sort of tribal rhythm grows and grows into a ferver.  Then suddenly - it stops!  The music and the videos shut off and there is just the sound of static snow on a TV.  David had already told me about it so it wasn't as striking but I could still see the visual and audio affect it brings.

Then we went home and David watched the Euro Cup finals while we ate dinner.  I'm back at my temp job for another week, btw!  This will make it four!  Yey!  But then again... why don't I have more money than I do right now?  :p  lol... oh well!  London is an expensive city.

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