Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tower of London, Belgian food, and more

It was another busy sightseeing day here in London. We're becoming very aware of the passing of our remaining time here. We've been able to see things in a fairly leisurely manner, and it's so tempting to start racing around because we have ONLY three-plus weeks left. Isn't that silly? We still have so much time left compared to most every other tourist, but there's still so much we haven't done!

I had to get a picture of the family in a classic red phone booth. In this cell phone age, I wonder how much longer these will even exist.

Darrell guided us to another of the pubs on his famous list. This one is called The Dove Tail Bar. Its specialty is Belgian food and Belgian beer. We love both, so it was an easy choice. It was over-the-top wonderful. They have over 100 different Belgian beers. And the food - oh my. We had their tomato basil soup and some french fries as a starter. The soup was amazing, one of the best we've had anywhere, and the fries are always great at Belgian restaurants, in our experience. We also had waterzooie, which is a Belgian seafood stew, plus a beef stew, a whole stuffed roasted chicken and lots of roasted vegetables. We all loved it and will try to return before we leave for home.

I just loved this church steeple. It must be made of copper, based on the gorgeous oxidized green color.

Next on the agenda was a visit to Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress, better known as the Tower of London. The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison. Today it is mainly a tourist attraction, housing the Crown Jewels and an extensive display of armor and weaponry. The jewels are breathtakingly beautiful, and of course, there is no photography allowed in that area.

Here is the White Tower.

This is the Norman chapel inside the White Tower.

This is a beautiful weather vane atop the White Tower.

The tower is right next to the Tower Bridge, which we visited a couple of weeks ago. While we were sitting and chatting about what to do next, along came a nice tall boat, requiring the drawbridge to be raised. We were all very excited to see the bridge in action.

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