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Tower of London

sunny 8 °C

Friday saw Matt heading off to play golf, amazingly it didnt rain, which was lucky as matt didnt have his wet weather gear. He played ok, but i think i would have done a fair bit better than him. Jess stayed at home and watched tv, i think she is getting used to having lots of channels on tv, bring on fox next year.

Well today was a day of relaxtion for me and Colin as we were mistakenly (or so the humans tell us) left behind whilst they went galavanting off to the tower of London. They were granted free entry and given a free tour of the crown duels by a beefeater (a type of guard). This was arranged by uncle del through his contacts in the police force.

It was a really amazing experience (apparently) and it was very fascinating to see the many riches that are securely held in the tower of london. There are crowns, cutlery, containers, vases, jugs, rings, orbs and the sceptres. These are securely held in a special vault that is entered through extremely thick doors. The value of these objects would be too large to hazard a guess at.

The collection contain the worlds two largest clear cut diamonds. The first is 573 carats and the second largest is 394 carats. Its fair to say that these got the two girls most excited.

We then ventured into a room where all the kings and queens of england have theirname enscribed onto a wooden throne and the date of their reign.

Then it was off to the white tower, the tower that tsands in the middle of the high walls surrounding the castle. This is where the armoury is held and displayed for public viewing. This includes weapons that date way back into history. It includes many of the weapons and torture tools used by king henry the 8th. There was also an interactive area where you could practice your skills at certain type of warfare.

We also saw the beheading block and the tower where the many executions were carried out.

Tomorrow is unplanned as yet, so we shall see what happens.

Posted by Flapper TD 11:50 Archived in England

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Sounds like a great experience that you and Colin could have really enjoyed given the chance! We've been watching the Elizabeth movies here - one on tv the other in the cinema - plus the Monarchy series is on at the moment too - so we are keeping up with the theme as much as possible.
Seems a long way to go to watch TV but I suppose it is giving Jess time to catch her breath.
Can't wait to hear what the next adventure involves - hopefully something a little less bloodthirsty that Flap and Colin can safely attend.
Lots of love from all here!

by bevmaxwell

Hey Flap. You didn't mention the ravens. Ask the humans if they are still there. A little bit of dolphin history for you It is said that for as long as the ravens inhabit the Tower then England is safe from invaders. Oops hope they're still there then.

by feezpops

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