"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
Sunday, July 24, 2011
To the Tower!
I could not come to London without a trip to the Tower of London.The Tower was originally a residence; historically is best known for being a prison; and now, houses the Crown Jewels in a vault within the complex. No photography is allowed in the vault, but I can tell you they were beautiful and, to borrow a word from another in my group, sparkly. Also part of the Tower of London complex is the White Tower, a tower walk, a chapel, private residences, a moat, and a museum. Oddly enough, the Tower has been a royal residence, a mint, a prision, and once, a private zoo.
Pictured below is the White Tower and then Jackie and I in front of the museum.
Other things I learned today:
1. Lady Jane Grey was queen for only 9 days before being removed, de-throned, and eventually beheaded. She was 17 when she died.
2. There are two strong suspects for the deaths of the Princes in the Tower, Richard III and Henry VII, although nothing has been proven against either.
3. To become a Beefeater, first, s/he had to have a full military career.
4. Beefeaters reside with the walls at the Tower of London.