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Today was our day to explore The Tower of London. Wow – what a place steeped in so much history. We started out with a tour guided by one of the Yeoman Warders – who actually live in the tower. There are many buildings in the complex and a total of 22 towers!

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We walked through a hall with suits of armor that actually were the ones worn/used by the kings. Henry VIII has several different suits of armor. Starting from when he was in his twenties. As he got older his suits got larger and larger. Finally ending with this one – looks like he thought rather highly of himself.

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The next hall had statues of the horses that the kings rode. These date from 1690 – so move over Roy Rogers and Trigger – the Kings of England had statues made of their horses!
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Of course everyone has to take photos of the guards – so I gave it a shot and well, took more than one, and I do believe their weapons are current day and operational!
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Ravens at the Tower are good luck. There is actually a flock of them there and they are considered Royal Pets – and are well fed and taken care of. They actually do get out and socialize on their own as well.

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The Tower of London is well known for holding prisoners and executions as well. Many that were held/detained/etc. left their mark by carving their names, and sometimes more in the walls. I guess you could call it medieval graffiti.

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Later this afternoon we took a special tour of Buckingham Palace. Wow – what a place. Again more history, but this time not near as gory. All the finery, art, architecture,antiquities, unbelievable. It of course was a no photo venue – but worth the time and they ended our tour with champagne. So we can actually say that we had champagne in Buckingham palace!

 

Finishing up, you guessed it – windows!
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