LONDON, ENGLAND



When we took this trip two years ago, we only stayed in London overnight. This time we
decided to make it a few days.

The Tower of London

On previous trips to London, I had only seen the Tower from the outside. I had always assumed that it was a massive square building with a large courtyard in the middle. I was wrong. The Tower is actually a walled city within a city, complete with streets, residences (including a Royal residence where future kings and queens prepare for their coronations), a church, more towers and of course - the dungeons.

We didn't see the dungeons, preferring to see the more pleasant sites.

   

Part of the outer wall. The grassy area around it was once the moat.
   

The main entrance
.
The structure to the left is Middle Tower and the site of Lion Tower, which at one time were probably guard houses.
   

Every home needs one of these on the front lawn
.
   

Looking up from the walkway entering the Tower.
   

A busy place.
That's Wakefield Tower to the left.

   

The Jewel House - home of the Crown Jewels.
   

A Royal Guardsman
   

Numerous Guardsmen actually live at the Tower, dressing as Beefeaters and working as tour guides.
   

I don't know if these two are in residence, but they certainly look like they belong there.
   

It's a place, full of iron sculptures of soldiers . . .
(poor Izak, I talked him into this one)

   

. . . interesting sundial clocks (on the sides of buildings) . . .
     

. . .wide walkways, like the one beside White Tower . . .


. . . arches, stairs and walls you can walk on, like this one overlooking the Thames.

 

And this is one gate no one wanted to enter by, because if you did, the odds were you would never come out - the infamous "Traitors' Gate".

The Thames, et al

As part of our stay, we took the river cruise along the Thames. The rest of the time we just walked.



The magnificent Tower Bridge, which most people mistake for London Bridge



Since the actual London Bridge is a more somewhat modern structure, I thought I'd take a picture from a different angle - underneath.


Southwalk Bridge


Some of the interesting architecture along the river.



Big Ben
Like most people, I thought Big Ben was the tower, but it's not. Big Ben is the bell in the Tower. And the tower itself - the Clock Tower, what else!


The Clock Tower again, with the Houses of Parliament in the background.


Of course one can't miss the 'London Eye', great for getting a birds' eye view of the city.


The old and the new.


This is London's tribute to Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as monarch - The Jubilee Bridge.
It's for pedestrians only. When it first opened, there were so many people crossing it it started to buckle and sway, which resulted is it being closed for a 'refit', earning it the nickname 'The Wobbly Bridge'.


Dina and Izak admiring the view.


The Houses of Parliament and London Bridge
 

The Eye from another angle.


Whitehall, as seen from the footbridge.



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