Last Saturday, we battled the crowds and went to the most popular tourist attraction here–the Tower of London. The kids were anxious to check out everything behind the stone walls, and we did. From the bloody tower where they tortured prisoners to the spectacular crown jewels and all the armory and weapons from generations, it entertained the boys for hours. It was like a little city contained inside. It’s hard to believe it was alll began over 1000 years ago. We heard many fascinating and heartbreaking stories inside these walls. Seeing prisoners names carved in the stone brought to life some of the events we learned about.
We also learned that for 600 years, it held exotic and wild animals, originally for protection and then given as gifts or for entertainment for people to come see. Things did not end well when some of the animals attacked visitors and they had to removed. Cade has been researching the history of the tower and informed us that the only animals on sight now are the six caged ravens that are still believed to be symbolic of the kingdom’s power. If they leave, the kingdom will fall.
The views of the Tower Bridge were incredible. It’s too bad the windows are so narrow inside the towers to enjoy it. We had a great day out as a family and understand why this is sight not to be missed.