One year ago today I woke to another London morning. My traveling companions and I had another day of adventures planned.
The first item on our agenda was to walk across the London Tower Bridge, which was just one block up from our rented apartment.
The architecture and detail on this bridge is magnificent. I'm disappointed my pictures do not show the true vibrancy of the blue painted details.
After walking crossing the bridge we made our way to the Tower of London. As I've said before, I'm a total history geek, so to walk into this place was a complete and utter thrill for me.
Our first stop once inside the walls was to see the gorgeous Crown Jewels. Unfortunately no photography was allowed inside the room, but I'm sure it's just as well.....no photo could truly do them justice!
Of Course we had to stop and admire the active guard on duty outside the building where the Crown Jewels are housed.
We also paid our respects at the memorial marking the site where Anne Boleyn and countless others were beheaded.
We saw the home where Anne Boleyn lived prior to her marriage to Henry VIII and the church where her remains are buried in an unmarked location.
All throughout the grounds there are these monkeys made of metal wire, their significance I do not know, but they were interesting to look at.
After our time at the Tower we made our way out in to the streets of London to go exploring. Of course we had to chronicle this with a photo in an iconic red London telephone booth. I have to admit, this was not the most pleasant experience! The inside was disgusting and smelled so badly of urine it made me gag!
We eventually made our way to a small Italian restaurant down a little back alley, called Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano. Walking in, we felt like we were walking into an old mobsters hideaway! However, it was seriously THE BEST Italian food I have EVER had!! And the owner actually came out and served us lemon-cello! It was FABULOUS!
Following our delicious meal, we made our way across the street to the Borough Market, an open air market full of various vendors. Although there was much to purchase, we only ended up purchasing a bottle of wine, or maybe two.
After the Market we stopped at a small little grocery store, which had an escalator which I found both odd and fascinating! We don't have grocery stores like that in California! Then we made our way back to our rented apartment for a relaxing evening in and get rested for our next days adventures!