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london part three

2004-02-23 - 5:23 p.m.

When we finally did get to the Tower of London, it was great. We arrived just in time to get the tour guided by the yeoman warder, who made many sneering and ironic comments--but in a nice way. We traipsed about the castle, seeing where this one had been imprisoned and that one had been killed and this one had been buried and so on and so forth. One of the highlights was going into the small chapel and seeing her grave. It was very affecting. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Lady Jane, who was really little more than a girl.

We also saw these, which rather boggle the mind. It's a little like the Louvre--there's so much history and solemnity built into the regalia, not even mentioning the price, that it's hard to comprehend exactly what you're seeing.

Overall, the Tower was a great experience, notwithstanding the grumbling of certain friends who might have come along for the day. I would highly reccomend it. Yes, it's a little bit touristy, but certainly not cheesy. The foundations of the tower are ancient, and there was too much life lived and agony experienced within the walls for a visit to be trite. Plus there's always a chance that one of the ravens will bite a child, which does liven up the day for the rest of the birds.

For those playing the home game, we also went back to Cafe Nero. As soon as R walked in the door, the barista smiled and hauled his camera out of the back room. Every time we go to Europe that damn thing gets lost, and every time it gets found again. I'm not sure if the camera is lucky or unlucky, but it's nice to know at least one thing always keeps finding its way home.

 

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