Tour at the tower

Marcie and I recently finished off our trip to Europe by doing a few days in London, where I did some research for a book that has been floating around my coconut the last few years. It’s the story I’ll work on once Kendra Kandlestar is finished.

Earlier, I blogged about my trip to King’s Cross Station, but perhaps what was more helpful was our tour of the Tower of London.

It was not my first trip to the Tower, but this time I had a bit more of a mission, so I think I was paying more attention. In particular, I was really keeping an eye out for doorways, stairwells, and corridors, which will certainly play a central part in the story I’m thinking of.

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I took a lot of photos of doors on my trip, but the one below is one of my favourites. Even though there were simply throngs of tourists at the Tower on the day of our visit, I was able to capture this one looking through a stone archway without any pesky feet intruding the frame!

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The door below is far more menacing . . . one of the many leading into the more ominous sections of the castle complex.

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Of course, if you were deemed a traitor to the crown, the first door you went through was Traitor’s Gate.

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Below is just one of the many corridors we trudged through while exploring the chambers in the castle complex.

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There is a legend that the monarchy will fall if the ravens ever vacate the Tower premises—so they keep a lot of them on hand. This one is called Merlin (though I think it’s a girl). It was simply HUGE, and quite a character.

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There are lots of depictions of lions at the Tower, but I think the creature featured on the door below is a tiger. Or a bear. Or maybe it IS supposed to be a lion.

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The creatures on this delightful red door must be lions.

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The Tower featured many wire-mesh sculptures of animals, part of an exhibit about the creatures that once lived on site as part of the royal menagerie. Monkeys, lions, and even a polar bear all used to the tower home. They were eventually moved to the zoo at Regent Park.

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Another wooden door . . . this one, to me, seems to ooze with stories.

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The door below seemed quite inviting (except for the fact that it was roped off).

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Last, but not least, I thought I would show a photo of one of the many crenulated walls at the Tower (just to prove that sometimes I did take a step back to look at the overall castle!).

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