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Tower of London, England

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The first time I went to London back in 2006 I believe I skipped this sight (For reasons unknown, but my hunch is that I might have thought it to expensive and not worth it, that seems to be my default mode.). So this time around I wanted to make sure I did not miss this. The weather has been great up until this day. Before leaving my hotel I looked out the window and it looked to be clearing up from an early morning rain. Since the radio said it was going to be partly cloudy with a high of 20 Celsius I thought I would be fine without an umbrella. I was in no mood to carry that round all day. So as i got on the Underground it was nice and sunny. However, once I reached my stop of "Tower Hill" and got to ground level it was raining! Since most of the "Tower of London" is an "outdoor thing" I was getting the sinking feeling I was going to get pretty wet and cold today. So I bought my ticket (which was about 30 pounds) and headed to the Tower of London. Lucky for me as I was waiting at the gate the clouds broke up and it stopped raining. Talk about lucky. In fact it did not rain the rest of the day which was so clutch since I was more or less outdoors the rest of the day.
The Tower of London, in case you are not familiar, is a historic castle in London that was founded in and around 1100 and the White Tower was built around 1078. This castle was used as a prison from 1100 to 1952, although that was not its primary purpose. Its primary purpose through a large chunk of its history was to served as the royal residence. The Tower is a complex of of several buildings set within two rings of defensive walls and a moat. (its your classic castle)

Today the Tower of London is know for where the Crown Jewels are on display. There was a huge line for this, to which I waited in line (after all I paid 30 pounds I might as well get my moneys worth), to see all the Kings and Queens crowns over the past three to four hundred years. My take away from this is how weird it was to have one person be a "King" and walk around wearing these crowns. Its a very foreign concept to an Americans. After all, we said to hell with all that noise in 1776, and to a large extent so did everyone else over the years. Most, if not all, European Monarchs are in name only. They hold no real power. All power has been seeded to other bodies of government, and in the United Kingdom they have a parliament and a prime minster that dictate what the laws and foreign policy of the United Kingdom will be.

Posted by DC Dave 14:08 Archived in England

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