Day 2: British Museum & The Tower of London


I absolutely loved this part of our trip! A visit to these places had my mind spinning with questions about the world and the time periods people from pasts lived in. The British Museum housed artifacts from all over the globe, including the Elgin Marbles, an Egyptian collection and The Rossetta Stone.

Upon visiting the Tower of London, a certain interest in the Tudor period was sparked within me! The Tower of London was built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the last person the ever conquer England, to protect himself and the city of London. Did you know, King Henry VIII had five of his six wives' heads cut off in the Tower of London? Well, he did! Insane, I know! But, the beheading thing wasn't the thing that necessarily interested me. It was the rich history of the English nation. It is full of conquests, saints, monarchs, and so much more.

-Ashley

Picture a building in which every aspect of its construction is an example of excellent craftsmanship. Picture this building populated with innumerable rooms, some of them over 100 yards long. Finally, fill every nook & cranny of every room with the most fabulous treasures of the highest cultural significance that humanity has ever known. This is the British Museum. Oh, and did I mention it's free to get into? Also, if you're ever at the BM, there's a delightful little pub across the street where Karl Marx used to go drink while he was living in London and working on Das Kapital. They have delicious food, and a number of nice cask ales on tap.

Contrary to what I thought before I went there, the Tower of London isn't actually one big tower, but it's actually a castle/military barracks. My favorite part was the so-called "Bloody Tower", because of all the puns you can make! I'm never going back to that Bloody Tower. There's a very rich history there, and the Tower has been everything from a palace to the London Zoo, hence the photo of chicken wire lions...

-Daniel
    

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