After the disappointment of not making it to tea, I was hoping our third day would be better. We started early again with a trip to the Tower of London, you know where Anne Boleyn amongst others were beheaded.
It is also home to the crown jewels. We had a great tour guide who was funny and really interesting. I had no idea that being a Yeoman Warder (aka Beefeater) is a big deal and that they all live at the Tower. There is also a member of the royal family that lives there. Not sure who, but there were guards posted outside.
The crown jewels were impressive! Holy rubies, diamonds, emeralds galore. I also liked seeing all of the armor, especially the ever growing armor of Henry the Eight. Definitely not as dashing as portrayed in The Tudors. Look at this cute little tiny coat of armor.
We strolled around for a while then headed to the Tate Modern on the other side of the river via the Millennium Bridge. One thing I loved about London, museums, at least most of them, were free. How awesome is that! Inside the Tate we saw interesting things like Andy Warhols and this dirty laundry.
I’m pretty sure I could have made that, but of course didn’t think of it first. We hurried from the Tate to go back to Kensington Palace.
This time, success! We enjoyed High Tea at The Orangery with the former home of Princess Diana out the window behind us. It was lovely and my favorite part of our trip.
With our stomachs full we jumped in a cab and went to the British Museum. The architecture inside was beautiful. My favorite thing we saw, the Rosetta Stone. Pretty amazing piece of history.
Our final day in London we actually didn’t spend in London. We went all out tourist and took a day tour. We almost overslept because I didn’t read carefully enough when the bus would be there to pick us up. Luckily we realized this and I was able to get ready in like 15 minutes flat.
First stop, Windsor Castle. This is still a residence of the royal family. We had to shuffle through there quickly but wow. That is living the life. We even caught the changing of the guard which was very ceremonial and cool.
Next stop, Stonehenge. Our tour guide told us that we were probably going to be underwhelmed, but I didn’t realize how much so. It’s not that it wasn’t impressive that they got rocks to somehow stand like that, but it was MUCH smaller than I thought it would be. Glad we saw it anyway.
Our final stop was my favorite. Bath was probably one of the most, if not the most, picturesque city I’ve ever been to. We did a quick tour of the Roman Baths then grabbed an ice cream cone and walked around.
I mean look at it…
Looks like something straight out of a fairytale or bad romance novel. Our tour was running way late so unfortunately we didn’t make it to our play at The Globe because we got back too late.
We had our last British meal at a restaurant near our apartment and all departed the next morning.