Looking up at an arrow slit in exterior wall of Tower of London.
Today was our trip to the Tower of London. It started out on a bad foot. It was a typical spring morning, misty, dreary and turned to rain. We walked to the tower, and it was packed with tourist. It was so crowded it really was not that fun. At least not for me. The boys seem to enjoy the sights though. We did part of a tour with a Beef Eater, but because of the rain, he took us into the chapel and did most of his talk there. I tried to get the boys to join another Yeoman Warder for background on other parts of the castle, but they were not interested. We went into the White Tower (the main tower) and watched presentations about the Gun Powder Plot of 1606.
Another tower at the Tower of London.
If you see advertisements for the new movie “V”, the central charactors mask is that of Guy Fawkes.
One of the main conspirators of the 1606 plot.
Though I don’t think that the movie is about Guy Fawkes.
We ate a quick bite for lunch and then looked around some more. We did one of the battlement walkes and that was kind of neat. It took me to some parts of the Tower that I had not visited before. After a few hours of looking around we browsed through several of the gift shops, and then left for the next part of our day.
Brian found a tour of the city that was conducted in a WW II amphibious vehicle. The thing is called a “Duck”, and was designed and used for the landings in Normandy. I have seen the vehicles on the history channel, and it was neat to get to ride in one.
Quack Quack. You should have heard the kids when we rolled down into the Thames River.
You should have heard the kids cheer when we went from a land vehicle, into a water vehicle, and entered the Thames River
. Even all the adults had big smiles on their faces!
The tour lasted a bit under an hour, and the guide was very amusing. A lot of the jokes went over the kids heads, but were still funny enough for them to laugh at.
After the duck ride, we ate dinner (finally got my fish and chips) and did a bit more shopping. Then back to the hotel. Bobby is now an expert at navigating the city using the tube, and got us back to the hotel, safe and sound.
We are leaving for home tomorrow morning, so I intend to get all packed tonight. I have even asked the boys to take their showers tonight, to help speed up our departure. Our flight leaves Heathrow at 11:45. I want to leave the hotel at 8:00 to make sure we get to the airport on time.