Happy Saturday. I woke up early to fit in a 5K run. It was weird to see the distance on the treadmill actually calculate in KM versus the US standard mile. When I hit 2K and looked at the time, it was impressed at my faster speed... only to be disappointed when it dawned on my that 2K=1.2 miles... time=slightly slower than normal. At the end, I managed to fit in 5K in 44 min. I'll take it for being on vacation.
After the run, we headed out/back on the hop on hop off. We went to St. Paul's Cathedral. We climbed to tower. First up... the whispering gallery. What I found out afterwards and wished I knew before was that Sir Christopher Wren designed the gallery so that if one person sat on one end and whispered, someone sitting on the opposite end could hear. By the time I learned this, I was already back down on the cathedral floor and the gallery had too many steps up for me to try it 😊
After the cathedral, we hopped back on the bus and headed to the Borough Market. My friend told me to look out for Monmouth Coffee
just outside of the Market. Monmouth makes single cone filter coffees and espresso based drinks. I was going to stop by, but the line to get in was wrapped around the corner, so I ended up not having any.
The Borough Market is London's most famous food market. It has fabulous foods, produce and vendors. It was fund to explore and venture around the Market. Since this was Easter weekend, it was a little crowded, but still enjoyable. It was fun to taste all the different types of cheeses. At this one vendor called Roast, Diane had a Pork Belly Sandwich and I had a Sausage Egg Roll? It was an egg, wrapped in sausage and deep fried. I'm drooling just thinking of it again. Quite yum. There were lots of floral vendors, fresh oyster shucking and a pig head to boot. Interesting to say the least.
After the market, we ventured to the Tower of London. We were able to catch the Yeoman Warder's tour. The Yeoman Warder's aka Beefeaters are required to have served in the armed forces for at least 22 years. We waited in line waited in line for an hour to get a glimpse
The views of the Dome... from the Cathedral floor looking up on the left, from the Dome looking down from the top on the right.
of the Crown Jewels. The diamonds were sparkly and large. Worth the wait? To me yes. 😊 After the Crown Jewels, we did a quick run thru of the White Tower. The White Tower had an exhibition/display of the Royal Armouries. Lastly, we were able to just get in and see the instruments of torture before it closed. All in all, a good visit with the Tower.
We had bought some cheese at the Market, so for dinner we had bread and cheese. Not very green, but yummy nonetheless.
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