When thinking over the tour from yesterday, we knew we wanted to visit the Tower of London, Big Ben and take a ride on the London Eye.
In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before.
Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications. This short history charts the different stages of its construction and explains its role as fortress, palace and prison.
The grass area between the outer and inner walls were the mote in days gone by.
I was amazed by the doors and stairways throughtout the castle.
For a viritual tour visit http://www.camelotintl.com/tower_site/tour/index.html
There is even a tour of all the crown jewels that we couldn't photograph for security reasons.
They were simply AMAZING!
There are some of the cages used to house the menagerie of lions and other exotic animals the Kings kept on the grounds.
In one of the tower rooms there was a reenactment during the day
to show what life would have been like.
In one section of the grounds there is a large museum that had rooms and rooms of armor, household items and the one I found most interesting, a sculpture of a dragon that was built out of the spoils of battle. Take a close look at the guns, helmets and armor.
At the end of the tour we ate lunch in the cafe they had on the grounds. Spent some time wandering the streets then went on our ride on the London Eye.
The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red double-decker buses.
Our ride was at the perfect time. Sunset. We watched the lights turn on across the river lighting up Big Ben and Westminister Abby.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to the towers and your birds eye view of the Tower of Big Ben.
Just missing the rosey red cheeks of the little children...