2nd day of sightseeing with my parents

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The Monument

My parents are driving back up to Yorkshire tonight so we wanted to cram in as much sightseeing as possible, so today we wanted to go somewhere different to get yet more photo's, Dad suggested going to The Monument so we travelled from Ealing to Bank along the central underground line and made our way to the tower. This tower was built in the 1670's to commemorate the Great fire of London and to celebrate the rebirth and rebuilding of the city. Its also the tallest free-standing stone column in the world, we even received a certificate stating we climbed the 311 spiral steps to the top! (''What no elevator?'' exclaimed Jaap!) Again well worth it once we reached the top.

Although its a shame they have spoilt the area with hideous, modern buildings, some almost as tall as the Monument itself, shame, but still a great way to pass some time, well worth 3 quid and a fab certificate to boot!

We then made our way along the Thames to St Pauls cathedral, making pictures of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London along the way, having a good nosey at The Traitor Gate which is at the waterside entrance to the Tower of London. Prisoners would be brought through here on their way to either incarceration or most likely execution! Nobody was exempt from this public spectacle - Anne Boleyn was also brought here to be beheaded! Very interesting and difficult to get your head around when you think of all the history here.

Another fabulous day and with that we waved off my parents, leaving me and Jaap to pack and prepare for our move to The Netherlands later this week. :-D

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The Monument
The Monument
View from top of spiral staircase …
View from top of spiral staircase…
View from top of The Monument
View from top of The Monument
The happy couple
The happy couple
Teeny weeny windows
Teeny weeny windows
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Jaap wants this boat, hmmm wonder …
Jaap wants this boat, hmmm wonder…
Tower of London
Tower of London
Gift shop....woooo
Gift shop....woooo
Tower of London
Tower of London
49 km (30 miles) traveled
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photo by: ulysses