Rae's trip of a lifetime_ UK and Europe 2017 travel blog

The London Eye from the bus

The dome of St Paul's

Views from the top of the cathedral

More views from the top

and more...

but wait there's more

On the steps having lunch

St Paul's

A pop up mini putt course

London Bridge

The Eye

The white tower inside the London Tower . Original home of kings

Our "Beefeater" Yeoman John Donald standing in front of Traitors gates.

The Ravens

More Ravens

The Crown Jewels tower

This clever dragon was made out of guns and other historic items

Models depict animals that used to live at the castle. Here is...

and the Baboons

Queen Anne Boleyns house

The site where the scaffold was erected tgat not only behead Anne...

A catapult in what used to be the moat area

This morning I had decided that I would focus on St Paul's and the Tower of London. I made my way into the city and caught the hop on bus to the Cathedral. Unlike Rome, the queues were short and I was soon inside. The

Also unlike St Peter's, the dome of St Paul's is not in bright colours, it is more a sepia colour pattern, (as you will see from my sneaky pic I took). Apparently Sir Christopher Wren had wanted it to be more like its bigger brother but the Anglican church decided it was far too Catholic and opted for the duller design, to its detriment, as the smog of London caused the paintings to fade quickly and it all had to be re-painted after it had been completed. They say a more colourful design would have lasted longer.

I did enjoy doing the visit and again the audio guide was good but compared to St Peters, the opulence and "in awe" feeling was not quite there. I was pleased that I got to the top of the dome and as it was a lovely day, the view was very good.

After I had my lunch on the steps of the cathedral with many other workers and visitors, I once again hopped on the bus and headed off to the London Tower.

My timing couldn't have been better. I arrived 5 minutes before the free Yeoman ("beefeater") tour. Our guide John Donald, was excellent and no doubt a very good Sgt Major!! His voice certainly was commanding and I could imagine him organising his troups!!

He took us around the grounds and told us many interesting stories and facts. It was a well worthwhile tour, even though entry at 28 pounds is not cheap.

After the hour long tour, we were free to view the crown jewels and other exhibits. I must say it was all very well done with interactive activities that would be fun for kids and adults. I was there until almost closing at 5pm so then again took the tour bus back as far as it went which was Piccadilly begore finishing for the day. I then found the route back to Toni's which this time had me on the tube and then the train before arriving home. I'm very pleased with myself as I'm starting to get the commuting down pretty well!

Tomorrow I am using up my last few hours of my hop on ticket to do the "change of the guards" walking tour and in the afternoon I will go to the National Art museum. Looking forward to another busy day.

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