I had an opportunity to spend a couple of days in London recently. My friend Rafael's partner Tim was there on business, Rafael went along for the trip, and I found a cheap fare and headed to the U.K. I hadn't been to London as a tourist for 22 years, so we did very basic tourist sightseeing like going to the Tower of London, walking around the Covent Gardens neighborhood, and going to a show in the West End.
Here are some shots, mostly from our tour of the Tower of London, which is a huge castle connected to the Tower Bridge that holds the Crown Jewels. (No photos of them, as it's not allowed.)
|The beefeaters serve as tour guides. Here's ours, who was extremely good: knowledgeable and funny.
|There are 6 ravens on the tower grounds. Legend has it that if they ever leave, Britain will fall.
|Cannons on the grounds...
And the nice soldier who was standing guard by them.
|The Tower Bridge.
|There is a small museum in the Royal Armories that has a lot of interesting and very old war gear. A suit of armor.
|And an armored horse.
|Another view of the armored horse.
|Then Joe, who nearly fell in.
|Suit of armor for King James I.
|This is a fanciful gun rack.
|Detail from another gun rack.
|In one part of the museum, there is a row of beautiful carved wooden horses.
|My friend Rafael, standing in front of a sculpture of a gilded lion.
|Coat of arms, reads "Mon Dieu et Mon Droit." (My God is my strength.)
|Another view of the bridge.
|And the ravens.
|Turret on the outer wall of the castle.
|Walking through Covent Garden, we stepped into this really great cheese shop. I love English cheeses and this place was full of them.