London, Day 4  
For our last day in London, we decided to go see the Tower of London, and we are so glad we did.

We learned so much about England's history from this one place.

We took a tour with this guide, and he was fabulous.

It's an utterly spooky place. The energy is dark here. Its past is filled with too much suffering and bloodshed to be "fun," but it's incredibly interesting.

The Tower Ravens, however, are another story entirely. They are hilarious.

There is a quarters for the Queen in the Tower, so it is guarded.

This area houses the royal jewels, or what you get to see of them anyway. Some of the pieces on display were simply jaw-dropping.

Looking from the quarters where the young princes were probably murdered.

There are six official protected ravens that live in the Tower. Legend is the kingdom and the Tower will fall if they ever leave.

They decided to put on a show for us.

We were right next to them. They were amazing.

KABOOM!

This is some remnants of the original wall that the Romans built when they founded the city over 2,000 years ago.

Yeoman Warders

The execution block. And boy howdy, did they ever use it! There are some definite axe marks in that block. YOWZA.

We spent much of the day there and still didn't get to see it all. We'll definitely have to return there some day as well. We then made our way to the West End to the newly restored, gorgeous Wyndhams Theatre to see Kenneth Branagh star in Chekov's Ivanov. It was a new translation by Tom Stoppard. It's such a strange and sad piece and each act ends with this incredible emotional punch in the gut. The whole cast was made up of classical actors that I've seen and adored in other venues and I was so excited to see these people do such excellent work together. Another A+ evening of theatre for our final night in London.


3 Comments:

My favorite part of the Tower was going to the room that Jane Grey waited in before she went down to the beheadding block. You can see her initials scratched into the wall. Did you get to see that part?

By Blogger Ashley, at Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:02:00 PM  

We did. It was rad. If I recall correctly, it just says "Jane."

...you've been to London? We must talk.

By Blogger adriana, at Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:23:00 PM  

Yeah! That's right. I couldn't remember. :D

I went on a doofy group tour of Europe. Loved Europe, hated GROUP.

By Blogger Ashley, at Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:37:00 PM  

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