Another day in London
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Having stayed up late, Phil and I took the opportunity to sleep in a bit before heading out into the city. The changing of the guard happens each day at 11:00, so we headed over there a little early. The place was already packed with people, but we're tall guys so we were able to see what was going on. It's like a daily parade, the guards come marching down The Mall (the main street leading to the palace), and there's a band and a big show. Then finally, in an event that takes about 2 seconds, the guards switch places and everyone goes their own way. Still, all the hustle and bustle made it worth watching! For the record, the guys with the tall hats and red coats really do not bat an eye at anything...it's creepy.
We then took the underground over to the Tower of London.
We took the time to check out all the towers. Inside there are replicas of the Tower over the years, as well as weapons from days gone by.
Within the tower sits a cage for ravens. Apparently, there have been ravens at the tower for centuries. During the reign of Charles II, his astronomer asked Charles II to remove the ravens, as they were disturbing his work. As legend has it, Charles II was told shortly before he ordered their removal that if the ravens ever left the Tower of London that the White Tower, the Monarchy, and all of London would fall. Charles II had the observatory moved instead to Greenwich. The ravens have remained safe within the walls of the Tower ever since.
After leaving the tower, Phil and I took a walk over the Tower Bridge. Apparently you can take a tour of the bridge, but it was closed when we walked by. We grabbed dinner and spent the rest of the evening walking around London near the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral.