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A Day At The Tower Of London
It took me 32 years, but I have finally visited the Tower of London! I had loitered outside its walls every time I went to London, but the long queues (which actually move pretty quickly) and the high cost of the tickets (£24.50 is a lot in a city where most places are free to visit) always scared my friends off. Going alone is no fun, so I never made it inside.
Until a couple of weeks ago. A friend gave me and my flatmate free passes, so we had no excuses anymore. Off we went, and man did I regret not going before! It’s such an amazing place, and definitely worth every penny. You’re getting your money’s worth and a lot more!
We visited the oldest parts of the Tower built by the Norman and Plantagenet dynasties; saw the ravens that, according to legend, would make Kingdom and Tower fall should they ever leave; had a look at the coins issued by each sovereign and the armours they wore in battle; learned about the wild animals that were in the royal menagerie; vised the Fusilier Museum, and walked along the Wall Walk (wear flats; those stairs are insanely tiny!).
But for me, the highlights were the Crown Jewels and the Scaffold site. The Crown Jewels are just what you expect. Breathtakingly beautiful, glamorous, and sparkling. You just have to see them. They are worth the long queue (about 20 to 30 minutes).
The Scaffold site is, instead, very emotional. A modern sculpture inscribed with a poignant poem and the names of the victims, marks the place of their executions. It brought a tear to my eye. If you purchase a Yeoman Warder guided tour, you’ll also be able to visit St Peter ad Vincula, the chapel on the Tower site where some of the victims, most notably Anne Boleyn, were buried after their deaths. I learned that too late, but I’ll definitely go on one of those tours next time.
Instead, I could have gladly done without seeing the Torture Chamber. I just don’t like the sort of thing (it makes me shudder to even think about what went on in there), but my flatmate insisted. Thankfully, it was quite a small area, so we didn’t spent that much time in it.
If you’re not very familiar with British history, do purchase an audio guide at the entrance. It’s only £4.00. I read a lot of history books and was already familiar with the Tower and its history, so I didn’t get one, but my flatmate did and he loved it.
If you’re coming to London, or have lived here all your life but never ventured inside the Tower, do go. I had the most amazing time, seeing all that history so up close, and I can’t wait to go back!
Have you ever been to the Tower of London?
What I’m Reading Now
The Creative Activist by Rae Luskin
Like most people, I’ve always felt the desire to make a difference in the world, but had no idea how. How can someone as insignificant and talentless as me make a significant contribution? Lots of ways, apparently. In The Creative Activist, Rae Luskin shares lots of tips and ideas on how each and every one of us can do our bit to make the world a better place.
Luskin has interviewed 36 inspirational men and women who have embraced their power and started using their creative gifts to help those less fortunate than them. They weren’t born with special powers, but they saw a problem and started, little by little, to do something to fix it. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
You can be one of them too. The book offers lots of practical tools and exercises to help you get started and guide you on your journey as a creative activist. They’ll teach you how to use your voice to speak your mind, how you can use your gifts to help others, how to become a confident leader and a lot more.
The Creative Activist is an inspiration toolbox to help us change ourselves and the world. It should be mandatory reading in every school, all over the world. In the meantime, you can grab your copy on Amazon.
Where I’m Writing Now
Don’t worry, I’m still writing here every day. I’m not leaving you. 🙂 Just thought I’d let you know that lately, I’ve started contributing to other websites and blogs. Just in case you want to check them out. 😉
Career Girl Daily is a new community for young, career-minded women that mixes work and style advice. Its aim is to inspire women to go after their dream job and turn their goals into reality, but without sacrificing their femininity.
That’s why it also features a lot of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle tips to live a full, fulfilled life. I am a beauty contributor, sharing my tips on makeup and skincare. My first article was about The 7 Most Common Bronzer Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them). Enjoy it!
Predella House is a new art gallery in London. It curates art for the culturally curious. It wants to help first-time buyers without an artistic background to make the right purchase, bring art into everyday life and turn it into a lifestyle.
As an art lover myself, I fully support its mission and am proud to be able to contribute to its blog. I curate a weekly column where I share the most exciting exhibitions and events taking place in the next seven days in London.
If you don’t want to miss any of my posts, either here or on other websites and blogs, follow me on Twitter. I’ll be sharing my work on there, so stay tuned!
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