#RRBC BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 24

Today I’ll continue with my European vacation to London, England. Since we booked in a hurry, I realized afterward that we missed great sites in London and the surrounding suburbs. I hope there will be a next time.

I’ll begin with London Tower, which I found to be a creepy place.

I had an eerie feeling stepping inside, and it wasn’t because of the long lines.

We step inside; it’s dark and gloomy.

We are welcomed by statues wearing armor; even the horses have armor.

If I wanted to leave, would they come alive and stop me? I told myself it was my claustrophobia rearing its ugly head.

Did I hear a neigh from that horse? It was looking straight at me. I turn around and almost bump into this big guy.

Is that a face beneath the helmet?

The guide for London Tower (of hell, I added that) takes us to a staircase, which we climb, and then to a much narrower staircase. I have a bad feeling. We climb a bunch of steps, and I have trouble breathing. This isn’t Israel again. Once the tour guide tells us the passageway will get narrower, I respond I’m leaving. He gives me a strange look and says I must climb them to see the tower. I’m already pushing the annoyed tourists. I hear my husband grumbling behind me. My daughter doesn’t care since she also hates tight spaces.

Once we leave the hole in the wall passageway and reach the light, which is the semi-darkness of the main area, a special guide escorts us since we are not allowed to walk around by ourselves. We wait for the rest of our group and join them to see the monkey statues outside. I’m not a monkey fan, but I hate those monkeys. They remind me of the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz that still gives me nightmares.

Afterward, we were allowed to leave London Tower. I was never so happy to leave a tourist site, and this place is not on my recommended sites to see.

20 thoughts on “#RRBC BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 24

  1. donnamanobianco January 27, 2023 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Susanne! I’m not sure, but maybe you were picking up on some bad (subtle) energy. That place sounds creepy! I guess better take this off my list of places to see in London.

    Best wishes,
    Donna M. Atwood
    D. M. Atwood
    https://www.dmatwood.com

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    • Susanne Leist January 28, 2023 / 8:07 pm

      I have been known to be disappointed with places, but this is the only time I felt uncomfortable, even before I began climbing the narrow staircase.

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  2. patgarcia January 26, 2023 / 12:16 pm

    Hi Susanne,
    I have been to many places in London, but I‘ve never been to the London Tower. My Moat enjoyable places were visiting museums like the Tate Museum. It was wonderful.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Susanne Leist January 26, 2023 / 10:31 pm

      My favorite museum is the Museum of Natural History in New York, and I went there on class trips, then later with my friends. Is “Moat” a play on words for the moat I was searching for at the tower, or is it only a pesky typo? I like it as a play on words.

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  3. maurabeth2014 January 26, 2023 / 7:42 am

    Susanne, maybe you sensed the ghosts of all the political and religious prisoners who went to their deaths from there, Anne Boleyn comes to mind, Guy Falkes, many others. Creepy, yes! I’m glad we don’t often settle our political differences the same way! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Susanne Leist January 26, 2023 / 10:33 pm

      I read of the tower in history books, so maybe my mind stored it and reacted. I think of my mind as a slow computer, where processing can last for days.

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  4. Wanda Fischer January 25, 2023 / 9:14 pm

    When I went to the Tower of London in 1979 with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, all of my husband’s siblings (four of them) and their spouses, we took The Tube there. While we were riding the train, my mother-in-law gave me a lecture about how much she hated sports. She thought that, since I was a baseball fan, that meant I was low class. She asked me what role I thought sports played “in life.” I remember that (so-called) conversation clearly. I explained that I thought it taught children that they needed to learn to lose as well as to win, and that was an important life lesson. She scolded me and basically called me a fool. When we entered the Tower of London, my state of mind was pretty shaky. I had a bad feeling when I walked in as well, knowing that it was the site of a horrible prison, a place where people were starved and tortured for their beliefs and politics, while also knowing their fate would most likely end in their death. It also smelled like death to me, all musty and dank. Outside, in the courtyards, at least there was some fresh air. The Beefeater guards were there as well. They looked great in their regalia, but I imagined what it must have been like centuries ago when men like them were in charge of guarding prisoners, including some of the wives of Henry VIII. While inside, I felt the presence of spirits, maybe ghosts of former prisoners or royals who had been incarcerated there, or perhaps guards or servants who were trying to repent for their role in the Tower’s history. It was not my favorite place to see as a tourist, but I think it was a necessary piece of British history to experience. My ancestry is Irish/Scots-Irish/English. These are things to know about one’s forebears. I learned much at the Tower of London. It wasn’t pretty but it was necessary.

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 9:58 pm

      A mean mother-in-law and the tower at the same time; I pity you. I see my mother-in-law in yours, and I bet they’re friends somewhere in heaven if that’s where mine is. She made my life a living hell, and my husband still repeats some of her crazy rantings. The tower had evil vibes that I felt even before I entered, and I had never felt vibes from a place before.

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 8:58 pm

      I don’t even know why we picked London Tower. It must have been recommended in the brochures.

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  5. karljmorgancom January 25, 2023 / 8:06 pm

    Susanne, the Tower of London was a notorious prison serving the king and queen. Your feelings come from the memories of all the prisoners who died in that place. I feel your pain. We went to the Catacombs of Paris years ago. Narrow stairs again, and too many bones to count when you reach the bottom. Another terrifying journey.

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 9:01 pm

      I read about the Catacombs and considered using them as a meeting place for my vampires, but I ended my series before I took the vamps international. I enjoy creepy places in books and on TV but not in real life.

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  6. Linda Mims January 25, 2023 / 3:36 pm

    I liked your description and your photos. I agree with Patty. At times, I can feel things lurking in the atmosphere, too (or so I think). I won’t be going there.

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 4:41 pm

      Soon I’ll be writing a not-travel brochure, telling people where not to go. I’m better as an armchair traveler.

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      • Linda Mims January 25, 2023 / 5:01 pm

        🤣 You are a wonderful travel guide, Susanne! You have a feel for the reluctant explorer.

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        • Susanne Leist January 26, 2023 / 10:34 pm

          You’re funny. I’m reluctant when travel requires too much walking or listening to someone recite facts.

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  7. pdoggbiker January 25, 2023 / 2:02 pm

    Susanne, one thing I’ve learned is that Europeans LOVE to walk everywhere and will take a city tour by walking it. I’ve tried, but couldn’t keep up. In Germany, when I visited castles, I came upon those narrow, winding staircases that went up towers. I’m not claustrophobic, but still had weird feelings and was breathless on many occasions. The reward, of course, was the panorama that awaited us on top. You could see for miles and miles and miles…

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 2:48 pm

      I wonder what the view was from London Tower? A graveyard of skulls? I’ll never know.

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  8. Patty Perrin January 25, 2023 / 1:05 pm

    How creepy, Susanne! You showed those monkey statues in your last post, and I thought you must be near a zoo. I wonder why they’re hanging around the tower. Considering I don’t like climbing stairs, I doubt I’d want to visit the London Tower when we go back to Europe. Narrow stairs are the worst. And I know that weird feeling you mentioned. I’m not claustrophobic, but I am sensitive to atmospheres and what might be lurking in them. I shall avoid going anywhere near that place. Thank you!

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    • Susanne Leist January 25, 2023 / 2:51 pm

      I’m glad I could help. The palaces are much prettier places with better auras and no creepy staircases. In Salem, Massachusetts, I refused to climb a tiny staircase in the wall at some famous old house. I didn’t even try, so no one had to back out.

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