A few months ago, EJ called me from work and asked me very casually if I’d like to go to London with him if he had to attend a business meeting there.
Without a bit of hesitation, I answered “yes”.
Sure my passport had expired and sure there was still the issue of the kids getting to and from school, but London? Of course I had to say yes and just have faith that the details would all work out fine.
And they did. My older kids stepped up to help with school carpool and a couple of the wonderful moms from dance helped get Colleen to dance when Elizabeth was working. Everything worked out and to all of them, I’m so grateful.
It was a quick trip, but that was okay with me. I had a day in Nottingham and a day in London by myself. EJ joined me for the rest of the trip. On the one day I was on my own in London, I visited The Tower of London and Westminister Abbey. I’m a huge history buff and I enjoy reading all historical fiction, especially Philippa Gregory. In fact, I read her most recent book, The White Princess (Cousins’ War) on the flight over.
William the Conqueror began building the Tower of London in the early 1080’s and other monarchs added to the fortress over the next several centuries. The Tower of London has served as a fortress, a palace and most famously, a prison. It’s hard to capture everything I saw at the Tower but these pictures will give you just a glimpse. I was able to use the new Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera EJ got me for my birthday and I love the way all of our pictures from our trip turned out, so clear and bright.
If you’re planning a trip to visit the Tower of London, check their website for opening and closing times.
Allow several hours to tour the entire area. Make sure you take the one-hour guided tour of the entire compound given by the Yeoman Warders (also known as “Beefeaters”). These free tours are every half-hour, starting at 9:30 am, from the Middle Tower near the main entrance.
There is a lovely cafe located inside the Tower area where you can purchase sandwiches, wonderful soups, coffees and wine.
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