A Date with the Tower of London
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May 13th, 2007 – by: seahlk
Then I wandered to the Paterson (I think I spelt it wrongly) square. This was a last minute addition to the things I want to see in London. I was watching a documetary before my departure about Jack the ripper and after doing some research on the murders, I found the Paterson square and realised it was very close to St Paul's. I took picutures of the column and the gate. After the clock striked half past 7, I went back to my hostel for the best breakfast I had in the entire trip.
St Pauls served the best breakfast! It comes in buffet style, with oatmeals, cereals, yogurt, bacon, sausages, apples, beans, toasts, fresh juices, coffee, tea and milk. I have read many reviews about the staff in the kitchen and was hoping to see the girl who kept asking guests about orange juice, but the staff in the kitchen was so polite.
I took bus to TOL, since it is cheaper (I didnt get a travelcard). Once I reached, I went to the piece of Roman wall left in the London City. I have always been facinated by medievel stuff, so that piece of Roman wall is on my intinerary. Soon, it became to drizzle and I realised I forgot to bring my umbrella with me. Thinking and hoping that the rain will stop, I went into the Tower and got myself an audio guide. Beefeater tour was cancelled due to the bad weather, much to my dismay, but the audio guide was very handy. It became funny when you start to see everyone with audio guide making the same angular turn and stopping at the specific places indicated by the guide.
TOL is grand. Listening to the history made the buildings and towers and walls so colourful. The White tower, particularly is soo grand that I made sure I climbed all steps and visited all rooms that are available to the public. There, I also caught the changing of guard. Though it is not as impressive as the one in Buckingham Palace, but I still caught the changin of guard. Combing TOL with a sore feet meant that I had to travelled at a much slower pace, and I had to bear with the pain with each step on the uneven paths. I got to listen to the history of Lady Jane Grey, and the murder of the 2 princes in the Bloody Tower. I mean, a tower or a prison cell is just another tower of prison cell if there is no story to tell, I love the stories and histories that the Tower holds.
I went to view the crown and royal jewels, things which I have only been able to view either on documentaries or internet. I simply love the Diamond on the spectre. I love diamond...hah. Anyway, By midday, my feet was killing me and the rain continued to pour, so I took shelter near the Salt Tower and there I saw something that is interesting, on one of the bricks on the path, is a hole that is heart-shaped. I wonder if it has been delibrately been carved or if it is just coincidence, but I find it rather interesting.
I packed fish and chips just outside the tower and back in my hostel, I caught up with my Brazillian roommate, who shared with me some of her country's information. After I rested, I went off again, now towards Victoria, thinking I could probably catch the Horse Guard Dismount Ceremony. After I alighted from the bus, I saw the Horse Guard parade crowded with people. Saw a little of the parade and then I walked up Downing street and saw Big Ben, Westminster abbey, Houses of Parliament. I also did a recce to locate the meeting place of my Haggis tour the next day.
Before attending, I went to Wagamama to try out some noodles. I am very sorry to say that the chicken ramen I ordered tasted like under-cooked maggie mee with an overdose of msg and salt. It was bad. After washing the noodle down with water, I went off to catch Tower Bridge by the night. It was windy and chilly and finally I went into the Tower (again) for the Ceremony of Keys.
It was the event which I have anticipated soo much before the trip. I thought it will be worth the effort of writing in for the admission and all. It was very solemn, as our guide briefed us on what was going to happen, and some history of the tower. At first, I was very excited to be part of history. The ugly part happened when our guide told us to "chope" the best place to see the confrontation between the guard and the chief warden, and also to follow him closely when he signalled so that we can get the best place.
So, with a whole day dedicated to TOL, I went back and got ready for the Haggis trip. I was hoping and praying that the sore in my foot can be better.
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