Friday, August 6, 2010

London August 4th

August 4

Tower of London

Tower of London is a fine looking place for such gruesome royal deeds to have taken place. When you stand at the spot of the beheading of Anne Boleyn and the 16 year old Lady Jane Grey it quite disturbs the peaceful setting. So we are off to the bloody tower, er, Bloody Tower. Several Kings, Queens and traitors “in the King’s view”, were held there as prisoners and later executed. It is interesting to see their lodgings. Everything looks great from the outside but 15th century castle living seems a bit like camping to me. Peasants must have really lived like rats.

Tate modern

In sharp contrast to the Tower of London, the Tate Modern is, well, modern. Holly discovers she doesn’t care for much the art here. I am more in the middle. There is plenty of crap on the walls but there are also some very interesting things. Big names are aplenty, Salvador Dali, Picasso and Jackson Pollock to name a few. I found at least 25 pieces I could stare at.

When we left we went over the millennium foot bridge.