When I find an image on the Internet that catches my attention, it is like running into an exciting site while walking and wandering through London with my stick and cameras. I was studying Regency London for my article about the CENTENNIAL OF THE HOUSE OF HANOVER. I found a small engraving of the MOAT at the Tower of London, 1802, with water still in the moat. Since a child, I have imagined what a moat was–perhaps with alligators, monsters, and very mean spirits. But in fact, it was a defense design for the castle; when an enemy attacked, the moat slowed the charge. It was a smelly place, full of castle debris. As the decades and centuries passed and this type of defense proved ineffective, the moats were drained and planted. I found these images very interesting. Here is the TOWER OF LONDON, reinventing itself century after century. The Tower of London is one of the most important sites in London, filled with history from a thousands years of triumphs and defeats. Please give your visit your full attention; it will be so rewarding. I love watching the visitors following the tour guides with their cameras, listening to one of most amazing histories while clicking away with cameras. Wonderful experience. I think the MICHELIN GUIDE is the best source of straight-forward history without pages and pages of editorializing. Goodness, aren’t we having such fun! Off to London we all go–and not far off, eh?!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918