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Today was a day of hits and misses.  I should have followed by own advice:  more doing, less seeing!

Travel TipTravel Tip 5: Skip Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

I originally thought this tour would be a good cultural experience.  But the so-called “behind the scenes” look fell flat.  The kids and I didn’t leave any more knowledgeable; frankly, we just wanted to leave!

However, we did thoroughly enjoy the Tower of London.  There the tours are lead by Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters.  Our Beefeater, Bob, was a good-humored chap with a booming voice.  And I really dug his sharp uniform. (Bob:  “It is NOT a costume!”)

Bob did a brilliant job of explaining the history of the Tower of London.

Bob did a brilliant job of explaining the history of the Tower of London.

The Tower of London – known for its bloody and torturous past – is home to the Crown Jewels and other royal regalia.  The most impressive piece:  the Royal Scepter with a 530.2 karat diamond!  Sorry, no photos allowed.  You’ll have to trust me; it was gorgeous.

From Aidan:  They had lots of diamonds and were very big.  They must have been expensive.  The Royal Family seems rich and able to do whatever they want.  The Royal Family seems spoiled.

But the most enjoyable parts of the day were the simple moments: walking the Millennium and Tower Bridges, eating lunch on the Embankment, and playing in the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park.  There’s a lesson in that for me.