Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 8 - Midpoint

Our last day in London, marking the midway post in our trip. Tomorrow we are off to Paris! Today was full of essential London...Tower of London, Imperial War Museum, pub food, and the Phantom of the Opera. It was a long day, a late day, and a great day. 

We started at the Tower of London, which William the Conquerer originally built in 1066. (Of course, many subsequent monarchs added to the Tower.) We are that family who likes to get there when the attraction opens, takes the free guided tour, AND listens to the audio tour afterward. Since we had 45 minutes until the first tour, we made a dash for the Crown Jewels. No wait! Afterward we enjoyed a Yeoman-led walking tour of the Tower.

Again we proved that it generally takes us five hours to visit a site! I had to call it at 2pm so we would have time for our next-and-last tourist destination. We are grateful for an amazing and mostly convenient public transportation system, but it can sometimes take a while to get from point A to point B. We made it from Tower Bridge to Lambeth by 3:30pm...leaving enough time  to visit the Imperial War Museum.

The boys especially enjoyed the WWI exhibit, and I found their Holocaust exhibit very well done and incredibly moving. It's much smaller than DC's incredible Holocaust museum (which everyone should visit), but I thought it was excellent. Our day ended with an Undergroung ride to Trafalgar Square, dinner at a nearby pub, and The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theater.

We still have days worth of things we would like to see and do in the London area, but that will have to wait for our next trip. Now we are off to Paris, and we are looking forward to the travel day so we can rest our aching backs, legs, and feet! The following photo captures the joy of our days, and I am grateful. ❤️

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