~A Vintage Bracelet in London Part 2~
Fun Facts About London:
- It is illegal to die in the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament.
- Hitler wanted to dismantle Nelson’s Column and rebuild it in Berlin.
- Underneath Cleopatra’s Needle on the Embankment there’s a time capsule from 1878 that’s said to contain cigars, a razor, a portrait of Queen Victoria, copies of 10 daily newspapers, and pictures of 12 “English beauties of the day”.
- More than 1,000 bodies are buried underneath Aldgate station, in a plague pit built in 1665.
- Harrods sold cocaine until 1916.
- The reading room at the British Museum is where Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital in between bouts of getting very drunk and asking Friedrich Engels to lend him more money.
- Among the many things Londoners have left on the Tube are a samurai sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull, and a coffin.
- The original medieval London Bridge was in use for more than 600 years; it featured heads displayed on spikes for more than half of that time, including that of Guy Fawkes and William Wallace.
We have been having so much fun in London. We tubed it to the Borough Market right by London Bridge for lunch. Borough has been associated with food markets as far back as the 11th century as London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since.
It was an amazing market.
The market has all kinds of food vendors. I had a Bulgarian savory pastry with buttery phyllo dough, spinach and feta. The HT had, of all things, a pulled pork sandwich. You can take the boy out of Texas . . . Dessert was rum raisin goat milk ice cream. Yummmm~ I will always be sad that I passed up my chance at a chip butty!
The Tower of London was next on our sight-seeing agenda. We walked over the Tower Bridge to get to it – the perfect photo opportunity for my vintage bracelet .
The Tower of London’s “Traitor’s Gate”.
I was fascinated by the indoor stone privies. Can you imagine how cold that must have been to sit on?
We only saw two ravens at the Tower but we were assured that there were seven there. Six ravens are required (with a seventh as a spare) as the superstition says “”If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”
The moat area was being set up for a show.
My sister enjoyed the armour displays. Naughty Girl~
London was amazing. We had gorgeous weather, ate wonderful food, and met lovely people. Biggest surprise: How flirty the men were. Most loved: Westminster Abbey, the Thames, the Tower of London, and all of the beautiful old stone everywhere (hey, what can I say – I’m a geology geek). Best desserts: Banoffee pie and sticky toffee pudding. Best Food: Borough Market. Least Favorite: The Tube. It was hot and I am claustrophobic. Enough said~
I’ve always been an avowed Anglophile and now, after visiting England, I could easily be accused of being a FANatic. I can’t wait to go back. Hopefully my bracelet will feel like another European Adventure very soon.
PS: Next stop . . . Paris~