En route to the Tower of London, we saw a mythic beast. Inside there were memories of real ones.
This is a lovable dragon near the Tower of London. He looks big here but he’s actually only the size of a teddy bear.
To mark special occasions, kings and queens give their fellow royals special gifts like polar bears and elephants. These have to live somewhere, and in England, it used to be at the Tower of London.
The Tower used to be the zoo, among other things.
The polar bear would catch fish in the River Thames. He was lucky.
The first elephant arrived in 1235, a gift from the French king. Such a small space for such a big animal.
The most important livestock at the Tower now must be the ravens. If they leave, the whole kingdom goes to the dogs, apparently.
A lot of people love taking photos of old and new. Me too.
This is the White Tower, the first tower of them all.
The guards at the Tower sometimes wear the big bearskin hats, but not at this particular time.
They give nicknames to new buildings in London before they’re even off the drawing board, it seems. On the left, the Walkie Talkie, and just right of centre, the Gherkin.
I have a membership to Historic Royal Palaces, so I can drop into the Tower for an hour at a time if I’m in the neighbourhood. This time, though, we spent the whole day. That’s what usually happens!
This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.
1. Is this experience open to the public?
2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?
3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?
4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?
Yes. I did go as a regular visitor.