We headed out early & got to the Tower of London at about 10:30am, with plenty of time to follow along a 1-hour tour group led by a Yeoman. There, we were able to hear some grand tales about the castle, love, prisoners, executions, ravens, buildings, burials, and the royal jewels. It was quite an experience that I doubt I will have another like it. We also were able to go see the Royal Jewels and walk along the wall & inside the turrets to see things from a different perspective. There were some amazing wire sculptures of animals here and there like elephants, lions, and baboons on the walls. Outside, there were 8 large ravens that are kept under a watchful eye in hopes to keep them at home in the Tower for good luck.
On the other side, we enjoyed the wide range of cafe's, shops, restaurants, parks, pubs, and colorful people! We found a sandwich shop for delicious toasted baguettes with cheese and savories. The staff was so pleasant and gave us our own lunch bags for our carry out. We found a nice spot to sit in front of the river to eat and just enjoy people watching.
The outside grass, birch trees, and stairs sculpture were only the beginning of what was to come next. Inside, I was thrilled to see some of my favorite artists: Annette Messager, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Salvidor Dali, Wassily Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, and Marcel Duchamp!
I'll have to make some more time to write about my teaching experience here in Dorking this weekend. It's been such a busy week I have barely had any time to upload my pictures. However, it has been a very productive one at the school. Now, I must try to get some sleep. Tomorrow is Friday and that means Saturday is another day to travel and have fun in a different place. Prelude: I'll be going on a coach bus tour from London to Stonehenge, to Windsor, and then onto Bath! Exciting times! :)