Sunday, April 1, 2012

England Adventures Day 2-LONDON

Today we woke up early and had a traditional English breakfast of baked beans, bacon, toast, and eggs. Then we hopped back on the tube heading towards the city. 

Our plan for the day was to hit the London Tower, the Tate Modern (incredible art museum built in an old factory building), the Globe Theater, and Saint John's Church.

We made it everywhere but the Globe Theater (instead opting for the Tate which was about to close) and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was sunny and gorgeous and we were even able to eat lunch outside facing the river. 

Day 2: Success!

Our first view of the Tower of London!

From inside the Tower, you can make out the Tower Bridge behind the trees.

Our tour guide, Rob, an official "Beefeater" for the Queen who lives at the tower with his family.

The Tower.

The original iron gate that weighs over 2,000kgs.

Harold by the White Tower, where the Royal family used to live.

The Tower Bridge.

Where the Beefeaters live on the Tower compound with their families today. Gorgeous.

Oh hey.

One of the 6 official "Tower Ravens". The Ravens have lived at the Tower since the reign of Charles II (1660-1685) and legend says that if they Ravens ever leave the Tower, the Kingdom and the Tower will collapse and return to dust. The Ravens are fed 6oz of raw meat a day plus bird biscuits soaked in BLOOD. Lovely.

Wish I could have taken pictures of the jewels but believe me-they were AMAZING.

Torture chamber! Although many people associate the London Tower with torture, only 86 people were actually tortured over hundred and hundreds of years. However damn...the rack!? Horrific.

Our new friend, a Tower Judge.

Sign me up. Looks comfortable.

The hole led straight out the second floor window to the "Dead Pit". I bet more than a few people were surprised by falling waste...not quite the same as "good luck" bird dropping on your shoulder.

Still obsessed with the pubs and hanging plants.

Hello Picasso. Definitely check out the Tate Modern Art Museum if you ever get the chance. Amazing works from Picasso, to Lichtenstein, to Warhol, and even Monet.

The view of Saint John's Church from the Tate.

The Family. <3

Saint John's Church. HUGE.
They never get old to me...
The plan for tomorrow is to head to Stonehenge and then onto Portsmouth for the night!

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