Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Where in the World is Mrs McGhie Day 3

Hi Room 20

Today we took Ronan to the Tower of London - which is not just one tower but lots and lots of towers and buildings. Its name comes from the original tower (known as the White Tower) that was built by William the Conqueror almost 1000 years ago.

There were LOTS of people there and some areas were very crowded. Most of the buildings were very old and had big, thick stone walls. Ronan measured a couple and estimated that they'd be about 1.5m thick!

We walked up and down hundreds of steps. My mum and Ronan decided to sit down for a while and have a little rest.

We looked at the ravens who were very hot so weren't interested in doing much apart from sitting in the shade. If you are keen you could research the legend of the Tower ravens and find out why they are so special.

Ronan and I had our photo taken with a Beef Eater - they are special soldiers who work at the Tower. You might like to see what you can find out about them too.

Did you know that the tower used to house a menagerie (like a little zoo collection) of animals such as: a polar bear, baboons, lions, leopards and even an elephant! The elephant was given to the inhabitants if the tower in 1255. I was also horrified to hear the polar bear had had a long rope attached to his leg so he could go fishing in the Thames.

Have a super Market Day tomorrow.

From Mrs McGhie and Ronan.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. McGhie. Do you mean the Polar bear had a rope around its leg like Stella did in the book The Magicians Elephant?

- Curious

Anonymous said...

Wow! The Roman tower looks really massive. But what do you mean that the polar bear had a rope so it could go fishing?


Anonymous said...

That is awesome is the monkey having a good Time?

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