Ok, so I think I left off at Buckingham Palace. Jenny & I noticed the flag was up, so we said..."Ooooh, the Queen is home. Maybe she'll invite us in for tea."
There was this pause...I think both of us had for the moment, forgotten that 8 year old girls don't do well with sarcasm. Because they were like, "REALLY?!" And we had to say, "Um...no." Bummer.
I love this picture of Jenny & Sophia in front of the Palace. I lowered the color saturation so it's sorta black and white, with some color too. :) Can't wait to print it.
We visited St. Paul's Cathedral...the girls had fun on the pillars. We stuck out heads inside...it was beautiful. We didn't take the $20 tour since we were on our way to the Tower.
Cool to also hear the St. Paul's clock chime at noon:
So then we walked...and walked, and walked :) We walked past Shakespeare's Globe Theater:
Across the London Bridge:
We had a really grey & cold day that day.
The Tower of London was very cool. One of my favorite things of the whole trip. :) And just so you know...No, Isabelle doesn't have orangutan arms. She has this annoying habit of pulling her sleeves down past her hands. And PhotoShop doesn't have a 'fix-orangutan-arms' button yet. (Do they?) This guy was very sweet, posing with the girls:
This was a little sign for Traitor's Gate (friendly looking, yes?):
We saw lots of cool stuff, including the Queen's jewels. You couldn't take pictures in there. But I mean, really...you've seen one purple velvet, diamond-the-size-of-your-fist encrusted crown, you've seen them all.
There were armed Guards all over the place. Gotta guard those jewels, I guess. :)
All in all, a very neat place to see. Aside from being a prison of sorts (plus all the beheading that went on), it was a zoo and all kinds of other stuff. It's also where they keep the ravens. I guess they're famous in England. Rumor is, if they fly away something bad will happen to the current Monarchy. So they clip their wings. There's even a raven-master to take care of them. And a sign to warn you that they may bite. Which is a little weird to me, because it indicates that at one time someone was stupid enough to try and pet them or something.
This was pretty much the last big thing we did in London before catching a very early (5:30) train to Paris.
I'm picking up some pictures from Costco today...can't wait to see how they turned out. :) Happy Friday!