Our 3rd day was full of craziness...we started out the day by going over to the London Tower, an amazing medieval era building that housed the Crown Jewels of England. Unfortunately we could not take pictures inside but imagine a vault of crowns, swords, gold treasures of the royal family. They are not housed in the tower itself as it is used as an armory. There is much history here that includes dungeons, death sentences, wars, and houses of the old kings that date all the way back to Roman era.
The view from the tower is amazing as it over looks the River Thames and the Tower Bridge, mostly mistaken for the Bridge of London. which was our 2nd stop. As The Tower Bridge is an amazing unique structure that if you remember had the rings of 2012 Olympics, those have since been taken down.
Inside through the tower you get to see the inner workings of the draw bridge as well as a view in both directions of the river thames.
After we crossed the bridge we decided to go and grab some lunch and check out the Borough market, a giant farmers market that is located under the Bridge of London. here we tasted local treats of the city. Unfortunately we really didn't find any good eats and headed over St Paul's Cathedral. Unfortunately if we knew about how magnificent the building was we would have gotten here earlier. here the Hero Duke of Wellington lies in a crypt surrounded by many other historical figures. Unlike Westminster Abbey which has a Gothic feel, here is a grand scale cathedral that is adorned in beautiful marble from top to bottom. One can climb all the way to the top which would take about 15 minutes to get up there, unfortunately we had about an hour and we spent about 30 minutes in the center and 20 minutes in the crypt.
Around 5 pm we had to leave St. Paul's and made our way across the Millennial bridge where we got fantastic views of the St. Paul, and where the Globe Theater sits. It is not the original Globe where shakespeare performed which burned to the ground, but a rebuild and still performs plays. By this time it was dinner time and well, we had to check out the oldest pub in London.
St. Pauls was near the Borough market, around this time we can start to see people beginning to line up for their afternoon drinking sessions, but we went into a dimly lit 5 seat restuarant. Which has a giant pub below. I had a beef pot pie, it was not that great...I forgot what Coreen had.. The pint was good though and did its job by killing my taste buds.
Now after a light buzz...the fun part...finding our way back to the hotel...