From Disappointment to Euphoria

Dateline: London Day 3

Day 3 found us in heavy, heavy stop and go traffic trying to get back to the Tower of London. Disappointingly, we made it. Now I know that we saw the crown jewels – those which hadn’t been removed for one reason or another. However, what’s the deal with no photos? It isn’t like the flash is going to cause the solid gold maces, crowns, flagons, punch bowls, ladles, christening baths, etc. to deteriorate or fall apart. If I was a cynic I might think it was related to the gift shop’s desire to sell books with the photos in them. Do not fear though. No heavily Italian accented yeoman was going to make me follow his “No a photos” command!

One in a long line of maces

Three in a long line of maces

Just another crown for the Queen Mother

Just another bejewelled crown for the Queen Mother…

From there it was over to Beauchamp Tower where people were jailed for extended period of time (BTW contrary to popular belief, only 22 people were ever executed in the Tower – although many many thousands were jailed there). How extended were those periods of time?

Long enough to carve this into the walls

Extended enough to carve this into the walls

And this - see transcription below

And this – see transcription below

See original above

See original above

I seem to recall that this is a memorial of the pillow Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, wives of Henry VIII, kneeled on at their beheadings

I seem to recall that this is a memorial of the pillow Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, wives of Henry VIII, kneeled on at their beheadings (among others).

So after a rather long and boring walk through the Royal Armouries display, we left.

We went for a long walk along the north embankment and then crossed over to the south embankment. It was quite entertaining and for a Tuesday afternoon, incredibly busy.

A very cool skateboard park

A very cool skateboard park

Interesting sand sculpture

Interesting sand sculpture

Terry and Big Ben

Terry and Big Ben

After relaxing at home for awhile, we headed off to Dukes Hotel and martinis in the bar. To say it was exquisite is to do it a disservice. Ian Fleming, famed author of James Bond, is said to have coined the term ‘shaken not stirred’ after being inspired by Dukes. Ken and Terry opted for ‘Ian Fleming’s Classic Vesper’, (from Casino Royale) comprised of No. 3 Gin, Polacki vodka, Angostura bitters, and Sacred Dukes Exclusive Amber Vermouth. I had the Le Chiffre (named after the villain in Casino Royale). Mine started with crystallized rose petals, No. 3 Gin, some kind of of rose liqueur, a spicy vodka, and other stuff I can’t remember.

Classic Vesper

Classic Vesper

le Chiffre

le Chiffre

They were so good, we were forced to have 2, (look at how much is in those glasses – these photos were taken AFTER we had our first sips). As Ken mentioned in his Facebook post, they limit you to 2 since they are at least 4.5 ounces each. We felt great and even managed, somehow, to find our way home. This was on Day 3 and, if I am truly honest, I didn’t feel fully recovered until Day 5. Nevertheless, if you are ever in London, you MUST find your way to Dukes Bar.

The Shoe Blog

Today’s Shoe Blog is a Hat Blog

Nice Hat

Nice Hat

2 thoughts on “From Disappointment to Euphoria

  1. Lee Barter

    Geoff as usual you have managed illicit photographs where as I can not disagree photos are not properly allowed – Book of Kells! I would not expect anything less. I am unfortunately disappointed that you have stooped to hats, come on, you almost got punched out by gypsies in Ireland for appropriate foot wear.

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