It's so hard to narrow down what parts of London I should write about - I really just want to tell more and more...and that's not to discount any of our other trip stops. It's just that, I really loved London.
One of my pre-trip obsessions has been the Tudors...you know...whacky King Henry who went through wives like most of us go through ice cubes? And thanks to the just finished series on Showtime, I was completely up to speed on his reign.
So, on my list of things to do (you remember it, don't you?) was to visit the Tower of London. This was a prison of sorts (I mean, I don't really consider two story townhouses to be prison cells, but I guess if you've come from castle/palace living, it could be a downer) and now houses the Crown Jewels.
Guests of the Tower included such folks as William Wallace, Sir Walter Raleigh and just about anyone who hung out with King Henry.
To get the full visit, you've got to go twice - once during the day and once at night. At 9.30 at night to be exact - as that is when the Ceremony of the Keys takes place, locking the Tower for the night.
This ceremony has been going on daily since the 14th century. It's now open to the public - as long as you write a letter in advance (handwritten - imagine that!) for tickets, arrive early and behave.
We were hooked up with a Yeoman (an officer who would be 'in charge' of us) and led through the tower to observe the ceremony.