London: The Tower – Wednesday 16th April

Wednesday – We were up early, grabbed a breakfast Panini as we were walking, and were ready and waiting outside the National Gallery, so we could go in as soon as it opened.  When we visited previously, we saw there was a Van Gogh exhibition, including some of his sunflower paintings.  The line was kinda long though, so we decided to come back today, as soon as it opened, so we wouldn’t have to wait.  And that worked perfectly, got to walk straight in.  It was very lovely, no pics allowed in the gallery though.  More wandering, to see Michelangelo and Raphael, then onwards to our next stop.. coffee..

Early morning at the National Gallery
Early morning at the National Gallery
Pretty springtime tulips
Pretty springtime tulips
Tulips
Tulips
Tulips
Tulips

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The gate on the North Bank of the Thames, back in the day
The gate on the North Bank of the Thames, back in the day

Jerome is a very knowledgeable about coffee, every time Dale needed some, would just ask Jerome what was good in the area we were in, and he would know.  !

Headed out to the tower of London (NOT A TOWER, IS A CASTLE!  Misleading), where we stood in line for a half hour to get tickets (sad), then went inside.  I was expecting a tower, but is so much more.

This is an old wall!  The terracota tile bits were laid down probably around 200AD, by the Romans, as part of the wall around London.
This is an old wall! The terracota tile bits were laid down probably around 200AD, by the Romans, as part of the wall around London.
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Lions at the Tower of London

Spent all afternoon there, exploring all the bits.   Definitely worth dedicating a full morning, afternoon or more to a visit.  Especially at the price they charge.  Did a yeoman tour, where he told us stories and was very entertaining; a torture dungeon; crown jewels (so very sparkly); The White Tower (built around 1100AD!), with its armoury, then a quick walk around the walls.

Mid March
Mid March
The White Tower
The White Tower
Trebuchet!
Trebuchet!
Our Yeoman (Beefeater) Guide
Our Yeoman (Beefeater) Guide
A clock
A clock
Armour
Armour

Lastly we crossed the Tower Bridge (pretty!), which you need to realise is different to London Bridge.  London Bridge is just your average run-of-the-mill street bridge, whereas the Tower Bridge is ornate and pretty!

The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
London
London
Self-explanatory-ie
Self-explanatory-ie
The Tower Bridge
The Tower of London, and the Tower Bridge

We headed to meet Jerome at the London bridge station to hand over house keys.  So many people.  Headed to green park again, for another loop around the palace, and to examine the statues, which were gift from NZ, then a pleasant walk via Cornish pasties to Victoria  station, for the train back to Brighton.  Got seats which is good, as the train was very full, some people didn’t.

Buckingham Palace - they're having a meeting!
Buckingham Palace – they’re having a meeting!
Rawr
Rawr

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A herd of cranes
A herd of cranes

All in all, a good first visit to London.

Spikey edges
Spikey edges

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Old walls
Old walls
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The White Tower

 

 

The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge

 

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