So, we started our stay in London in a cute little loft apartment by Hyde Park. It was pretty close to the park and public transport. And it gave us easy access to our must see sites that we wanted to get in before we headed off to Spain.
So, our first order of business was visiting the
Tower of London. This was on the top of Lee's to do list. Lots of history here involving the royals. Some of it you may know from shows such as the Tudors. But it doesn't really hit you that those shows were the lives of real people until you're standing at the beheading site of Anne Boleyn.
We got there just in time for one of the tours offered by the Yeoman Warders. As Wikipedia will tell you, "All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers with at least 22 years of service. They must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal." So your tour guide isn't just another pretty face, he's also a certified badass.
I highly recommend taking the tour if you go to visit. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Lee really wanted to see the dungeon, which we did. But now it's just a gift shop. Go figure.
Next on the list, and my big to do, was Harrods . Only one of THE most famous department stores in the world. We spent a few hours walking the multiple levels looking at everything from luxury stationary to fine art. I fell in love with the bakery department. We bought two baked goods and a couple of sandwhiches from the Indian section.
There was so much attention to detail in that store, down to the wrapping paper on our sandwiches. If I go back, you may not be able to drag me away. :)
Other than that, we did a quick peek at Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Westminster. Then it was off to get a bit of sleep before our long drive to Spain where we were headed to run with the bulls.