Tuesday, November 30, 2010

T is for

Continuing our visit to the UK, while in London we visited the
Tower of London

 London is a city with a lot of contrasts. You can see above  the Tower of London, with some of the modern architecture of recent years in the background. Within the Tower compound itself, there is also contrast between portions of the castle built in different centuries--the earliest construction begun in 1080. In the apartments in this Tudor portion of the structure that Lady Jane Grey resided until her execution.

Our guide to the history of the Tower was this most delightful and colorful member of the Yeomen Warders who thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing.
 There is always restoration and preservation going on

at a site as old as this. This is one of the oldest walls.

 If we make a return trip to London in future years, we will give the city more time. Then perhaps we will be able to attend some of the demonstrations that take place in the Tower precincts. Previously in this round of ABCs I showed you part of the Royal Armory for R, and mentioned that the Tower is included as one of the Royal Palaces while we were "searching" for the Queen in Q. The Tower is also home of the Crown Jewels.
 As we cruised the River Thames we passed under the Tower Bridge, which has only it proximity to the Tower of London to thank for its name.
Look for other examples for the letter T at the ABC Wednesday homesite. We are in the seventh rouind (my sixth) and it is amazing what we can find each week to illustrate the theme letter.


Tumblewords: said...

Great photos! I've never seen the tower - restoration is a good thing! Love the newer architecture that backgrounds the tower - amazing difference...

Nanka said...

Interesting History and loved the old and new towers juxtaposed, Makes a great picture in comparison.

Wanda said...

What a great array of pictures. Oh the history and the towers, just wonderful.

Roger Owen Green said...

love the old, like the new. not sure i like 'em together all that much - seems to clash.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team