Author Archives: Gramma Barbie

About Gramma Barbie

I am first and foremost young at heart. I am proud to be a mother and grandmother. I have been a nurse since graduating from BCIT in 1974. I am now ready to also be known as a world traveller.

Monument to Those Put to Death in the Queen’s Residence Courtyard.

There is a monument at the end of the Queen’s Residence Courtyard to the people, including Anne Boleyn and one other of HenryVIII’s wives. Ironically, it has a glass pillow in the middle as if the beheadings etc. were gently … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Residence in the Tower of London

The Queen’s Residence still posts a guard at the door even though it is no longer used by the Queen. Most of the residence is now apartments for the Tower staff and their families. Our Yoeman guide proudly pointed out … Continue reading

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The Royal Mint at the Tower of London

The Royal Mint was once housed at the Tower of London. Now there is a museum in it’s place. It was interesting to know how people shaved the coins to get the silver… the Jews were blamed and persecuted for … Continue reading

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The Menagerie of The Tower Of London

What do you give to someone who has everything….. or…. has the means to obtain anything?? Something they didn’t know they wanted, of course! So foreign dignitaries brought exotic animals to impress the Royal Family. These animals, 60 species at … Continue reading

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The Yoeman Warder

The Yoemam Warders of the Tower of London and Her Magesty’s Royal Palace, popularly known as Beefesters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth Relms and must be former … Continue reading

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Arriving at The Tower of London

As one walks towards the public entrance to the infamous Tower of London, the cobblestone pathway is along the river banks. It is built over where the River Thames once flowed to surround and protect this palace. A fact that … Continue reading

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All Hallows by the Tower

We visited an ancient church beside the Tower of London known as All Hallows. There was some original Roman rule in it… very tiny squares that must have been very labor intensive to install. Unlike the large cathedrals, this church … Continue reading

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