We woke up and got started a little later than we meant to this morning. I’m still not feeling well. I felt HORRIBLE this morning, bad but not terrible for most of the day, then started going downhill pretty quickly around 4pm.
We started the day at the Tower of London. We took the free guided tour, which I didn’t have time to do last time I was here, and I am very grateful that we decided to do so today. There was so much information the Yeoman Warden gave us that we simply would have never known if we just walked around the complex by ourselves. We got to see the traitor’s gate, the window that Anne Boleyn had to watch her scaffold being built out of, the chapel, and the burial place of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, and Jane Grey. We learned about the history of the buildings and the use of the Tower as a prison.
We were hungry by the time we left the Tower of London, so we stopped at a Pret and picked up sandwiches and drinks then took the park to Parliament Square and sat down to eat on some steps next to a statue of Gandhi. Our view included the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. It was beautiful and sunny, so it was really nice to just sit in the shade and eat.
Next, we went to Westminster Abbey. It is enormous, but it looked much bigger to me on TV when I watched the Royal Wedding. We got to see the tombs of King Henry VIII’s daughters, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I as well as the tombs of Mary, Queen of Scots, Sit Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin. Poet’s Corner was also pretty incredible since it held the tombs of Charles Dickens, Handel, Rudyard Kipling, Laurence Olivier, and Tennyson as well as memorials for Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Milton, Shakespeare, and Oscar Wilde.
After the Abbey, we went to the London Zoo. I have come to the conclusion that zoos in all countries are like zoos in any countries. I kept forgetting that we were in London. Seeing the reptile house where they filmed for Harry Potter was cool, but I was a little disappointed that they didn’t actually have a Burmese Python.
I’m pretty sure I’m getting a fever again because I have that really exhausted, hard to open my eyes, tired eyes thing going on. It’s not even 10pm but I’m going to try to get some sleep soon.