This shows part of an excavation exposing some old walls under ground. The "lions" are actually made of twisted wire to represent some of the original animals that were kept in a zoo inside the yard.
We did see Traitor's Gate where the prisoners were brought inside on a boat in the water that you always see in the movies. Our tour guide to the Tower was a Yeoman Warder aka Beefeater, all dressed in a red wool tunic, who was a military soldier who after serving 22 years was eligible to retire there as a Warder of the Tower. They are in charge of the Keys to the tower, but also serve as guides to tourists.
Outside the main gate we saw the Tower Bridge next to the Tower, not London Bridge as most of us call it, and watched after the bridge had lifted for a small cruise ship coming under it.
At one point we pulled over so we could get out and take quick photos of Westminster Church, which was kind of sad that it was so quick, and came back to the bus where it had a flat tire. Things were not going well.
We were dropped off near Buckingham Palace where we were out front of the main gates, taking photos, and wondering how much smaller it was than it looked on TV.
I stood with my back to it facing out to the long street beyond and it too looked smaller without the thousands of people we saw on TV during the weddings and celebrations. There was no changing of the guard that day but I did take photos of the guards on duty.
The rain started to come down more and we walked on past Clarence House where Prince Charles had been living. Neither he or the Queen were in residence right now as they were all up in Scotland on vacation.
In the gift shop we looked at some Xmas ornaments and finally decided on this one to bring back as our memory ornament from our trip.
Our final stop was at Harrods Department Store where we had a cream tea in their 5th floor dining room. We were served champagne, then very fluffy scones with tea. I love comparing the scones I've had in England to ones at home, and even the ones I've made. They need to be much bigger.
This was the end of our tour and we were left to shop in the store, and find our own ways back to our hotels, which we didn't know when everyone booked their tours. We did some shopping, and I decided to look for a neck scarf and Howard wanted a tie. I about choked when the first scarf I picked up at Harrods was L630, and the cheap one was L230. I usually figure it a little less than double US, so do the math.
While he was in the men's section I had noticed an entry area to it that was like a long room all decorated in Egyptian décor. There was a sign over it saying it was a memorial to Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed.
We introduced ourselves, and we both gave him one of our shoulder patches. He was delighted and said he's been given a few and loves having them. He had done his 22 years in the Army, and had also been a constable for some time before he retired and became a Yeoman. We were both really impressed with the solemnity and history that we had just witnessed. They repeat this again in the morning to unlock the gates for another day of work guarding the Tower.