Tower of London #TuesdayTravels

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Our first full day in London we got tickets for the Hop On Hop Off bus and rode to the Tower of London. I was struck by the sight of hundred of thousands of ceramic red poppies surrounding the tower in commemoration of the centennial of World War I. Since I was still without a camera, I used my remaining credits to download today’s photos from bigstockphoto.com.

Almost 900000 ceramic poppies are installed at The Tower of London to commemorate Britain's involvement in the First World War.

London United Kingdom – 16 November 2014: Almost 900000 ceramic poppies are installed at The Tower of London to commemorate Britain’s involvement in the First World War

The site was quite crowded, and we decided to pass on a visit to the Crown Jewels, since the line was quite long. Instead Linda and I walked through the Fusilier’s Museum, which tells the story of an infantry regiment raised at the tower in 1685. One of the highlights of the museum is the Eagle Standard of the 82nd Regiment of the French Line, captured during the Napoleonic Wars. Capturing an Eagle was quite a feat for any regiment to be proud of.

Next stop was the Beauchamp Tower, where prisoners were kept, some with a view overlooking the spot where executions took place. Famous prisoners were kept her, including the husband of Lady Jane Grey. One of the interesting parts is the prisoner graffiti carved into the tower walls. My traveling companion, Linda Prine, located a possible ancestor named John Prine, said to have been a Catholic priest who was a prisoner in 1568 during the reign of Elizabeth I. (Well, obviously not a direct ancestor, but perhaps related.)

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Famous Tower of London, United Kingdom

After leaving the tower, we grabbed a bite at a nearby spot, then took a boat up the Thames from the Tower pier to Westminster Pier. Val and I did the same cruise back in 2003 and I have some of my own pictures from that.

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London Eye 2003

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Houses of Parliament 2003

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Houses of Parliament from top deck of Thames cruise boat.

More from London next week.

Linda

2 thoughts on “Tower of London #TuesdayTravels

  1. Great stuff, Linda. Brings back wonderful memories of our Trafalgar Tour of the United Kingdom. We did see the Crown Jewels…wouldn’t have missed it.I believe they had been cleaned and a new exhibit set up for fast viewing. They were displayed in a large glass case, and we stepped up onto a walkway where we could walk around the display. They were magnificent. Also saw the room dedicated to medieval things like armour, banners, and even a fabulously huge knight’s destrier. The armour was Spanish. I don’t recall any for English knights of that day.

    I love Regency stories, but I think my heart is with medieval things.

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