We also walked around the Tower for a little bit. Let me share some of what we saw.
|Lions (just so we are clear, those are not real) that protected the moat and drawbridge.|
|Arrows are no longer shot out this slit, just video.|
|The Tower had been a zoo at one time in the past. They had animal statues all over the place.|
|I think they were made of chicken wire. They were pretty amazing. |
There were lions, bears, monkeys and even an elephant.
|Frankie was trying out for position of guard.|
|I tried, but I don't think I am intimidating enough.|
We got the see the ravens that live at the Tower. It is said, “If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.” Because of this prophecy from 1675 by Charles II, the ravens of today's Tower have their wings clipped so they can never fly away. There is an interesting article about the ravens with more detail. You can read it here.
|The blind march!|
There is so much to see at the Tower of London. I will just post some pictures with captions of a few more things before I continue on with our day.
|The bust of Adolf Hitler captured by the Royal Fusilier.|
|The bust of Benito Mussolini captured by the Royal Fusilier.|
|Armor....all I am going to say is, THAT had to be a intimidation factor.|
|Must protect the horsies!|
|Tallest Suit of Armor with Guinness Certificate|
|If you had a armor helmet on, this would be all you could see.|
|All the pence coins when put together form a shield. How cool is that?!?|
Went to the Greenwich market, had a light lunch and looked around before heading to the Prime Meridian, which was our main reason for going to there.
|I had tears of joy. Two of my favorite things in the world combined in one spot. *Happy sigh*|
|Bolognese Rice Ball|
The food was decent but in order to sit down we had to buy some waters and olives at a place with a little sitting area. After eating we walked around the market and we came across a woman who makes cards and tiles in the fashion of Dia Del Muerto. I found it funny that we go all the way to London and see things from Mexico. At home we are only 2 hours from Mexico! I bought one of her cards and we talked to the artist some. She said she was saving her money to go to Mexico next year. Very cool!
|Most random sign we saw in Greenwich!|
We walked up this HUGE (and I do mean HUGE) hill to the Royal Observatory where the time of the world is determined and where the Prime Meridian has been named.
|0 degrees longitude, where west meets east.|
|Straddling the Prime Meridian|
Walked back down the hill, more like quickly walked because the hill was very steep to go back towards the boat. Before leaving though, Frankie wanted to have an English beer in an English pub so we went to the Greenwich Tavern and he got the local ale. I smelled it, said no thank you and instead ordered a cappuccino. He didn't care for it either although he liked the smell.
|Greenwich Tavern - Loved their advice/warning.|
Parsnips and purple cabbage were new for both of us. I liked them both. Frankie said the parsnips had too strong of a flavor and he couldn't get past the color of the cabbage....and he calls me picky! We wanted to get there in time to have afternoon tea, but was too late. We never did get to participate in afternoon tea.
|The ceiling of the crypt.|
|A grave markers that was on display at St. Martin in the Fields Crypt.|
|Another grave marker.|
...and then continued on our way to Chinatown. Before actually getting to Chinatown we came across this place called Seven Dials. It is this large shopping area. We didn't do any shopping but I must say, that it was such a pretty area! The picture really doesn't do it justice.
|Made it to Chinatown!|
We tried to go into a Chinese grocery store but it was so crowded that we couldn't really look around. So we continued our stroll through the area.
Decided it was time to go back to the hotel. Once there, to help unwind we turned on the TV. Every time we flipped through the channels we could always find a dart tournament...you would think soccer, but that wasn't every time....darts were on EVERY TIME we turned on the TV. The British must love their darts!
The next day was Christmas Eve. We knew there were not going to be many sights open so we saved the ones that were open for this day. So stay tuned for our trip to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Abbey Road Studios, to name a few of the few!
P.S. Hopefully, I will get these last two posts out much quicker than I have been doing! Shame on me and my slow blogging!