Last revised: June 20, 2006                                                                                Guest Book

Tower of London

 Our 5th day in London was an educational and interesting day of
 visiting London's Top Sights that we had on our list from home.
 We had priorities that became flexible, because we didn't have
 enough time to see everything. Besides, we had to save some
 things for another visit to London at some future date...

    The British Museum - (London's Most Visited Attraction)  

It houses 94 different galleries with collections of treasures from around the world.
 Including the famous Parthenon Sculptures, the
Rosetta Stone, and over 350,000 books,
offprints, pamphlets etc. The deciphering of hieroglyphs carved onto the
Stone were amazing. How did they correct a mistake? The peasants doing the carving
 were illiterate and only copied what was written by well-educated Egyptians.
The inscription on  the
Rosetta Stone is a decree that affirms the royal cult of the
13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.

Rosetta Stone
From Fort St Julien, el-Rashid (Rosetta), Egypt
Ptolemaic Period, 196 BC

The Paul Hamlyn Library Reading Room

Open to the public, this reference library helps visitors find out more about the collections and 
cultures offering archaeology, history, art, architecture and much more. The online catalogue
is available at several terminals in the Reading Room, and may soon be on the Internet.

    Buckingham Palace  

This is the official residence of the Queen of England. It was built in 1825 and modified
in 1913. You can only tour the palace from August through September, when the royal
family isn't in residence.

The old guard forms in the palace forecourt and hands everything over to the new guard,
which leaves Wellington Barracks at precisely 11:27 a.m. and marches to the palace via
Birdcage Walk accompanied by a band.

Changing of the Guard

The Guard consists of three officers and 40 men.
They are the Foot Guards of the Household Division of the Army,
(The Queen's personal guard.)

Everyone had a camera...

Great Models make for great photographs!.

Karen by the Victoria Monument across from Buckingham Palace

Victoria Monument

Implacable guards in their bright-red uniforms and bearskin hats.

The entire ceremony takes about 40 minutes.

Memories of my own Trombone Days - (50 years ago in North Dakota)


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