London Day 3- Changing of the Guard, Tower of London

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Guards in the Tower of London

Day 3 in London.  We first went to see the Changing of the Guard, we heard you have to get there very early in order to see.  We arrived 1.5 hours before it started however we got spots right up front and the crowds came shortly after.  The ceremony was long but traditional and good to see once.  I don't think I would watch it again if i went back unless i was with people who had never seen it.  The changing of the guard involved soldiers marching, marching band, soldiers on horses, and more.  The band performed 3-4 songs in the middle which were very upbeat but one sounded just like the star wars theme song which was really funny. 

Next stop the Tower of London.

Tower Bridge (frequently mistaken as the London Bridge)
  We decided to wait a few mintues for a guided tour which was definently worth it!  Make sure you go on the tour by the beefeater if you visit.   The tour guide took the group to multiple sites telling stories of what happened there and how it go its name.  The stories usually involved blood and gore or executions.  After the tour we went to see the crown jewels, a highlite for me.  They were unbelievable, the largest cut diamond in the world is set in the Sovereign Sceptre made in 1661.  Many crowns filled with jewels and diamonds are on display.  they also have old weapons and armors on site, more enjoyable for the men.  And another interesting room was where prisoners were kept and they carved into the walls elaborate pictures and quotes. 

Our evening was spent traveling to our next destination.... Cork, Ireland.  We flew for $15 euros by taking a cheap flight with Ryan Air. 

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Guards in the Tower of London
Guards in the Tower of London
Tower Bridge (frequently mistaken …
Tower Bridge (frequently mistaken…
Tower of London
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace Gates
Buckingham Palace Gates
Tower of London
Tower of London
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard
Beefeater giving the tour of the T…
Beefeater giving the tour of the …
Carvings in a prison room within t…
Carvings in a prison room within …
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