06.02.2009 - 06.02.2009
We went on a walking tour of Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards. Annie and I suspect our tour guide, Barry, was on speed. It appeared that his main goal was to lose his followers. He’s known for shortcuts through wooded areas, leaving behind hoards of people confused about their whereabouts. He tried, but couldn’t lose me and Annie; Annie hollered, “Barry’s on the move!” and we were on his tail. Nice try Barry, but it didn’t work this time!
Not many people from our group of 40 were as lucky and found themselves waaaaay behind
The Changing of the Guards started at Friary Court, paraded down several streets, and concluded at Buckingham Palace.
Barry made sure we were constantly ahead of the troupe of guards to get the full effect of seeing their arrival to various locations.
However, because of his over-zealous objectives, I found myself racing the guards, shoving through crowds, and almost being trampled by Barry’s devout followers. While our experience felt a little bit like a marathon, we were afforded great photo ops.
We made it to the Palace.
Since Queen Elizabeth was home, we weren’t allowed to tour the Palace. We hung out at Buckingham Palace and the angel monument to Queen Victoria, then hopped on The Original Tour bus (they have stops everywhere!) to The Tower of London.
The Tower of London is actually several towers, not just one. An interesting feature was seeing the Tower Green and other places where famous people (Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh, e.g.) were imprisoned and/or beheaded.
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A lot of the towers were built for storage, defense, or entrance from the River Thames. In the White Tower, the current exhibit displayed Henry VIII’s armory; he was a man of great girth, but good at many things, it seems: tennis, hunting, jousting, beheading wives.
The Jewel House stored the Crown Jewels dating back to monarchs of the 1600s. Wow! Diamonds, gold, precious stones…