The Tower of London Poppies

In the weeks leading up the 11th of November, many people in the UK will be seen wearing poppies on their coats as a symbol of remembrance to soldiers who died in WWI. This year poppies could not only be seen on the lapels of many a coat. This year the moats of the Tower of London have been literally flooded with roughly 888,000 ceramic poppies representing a fallen soldier each.

The Tower of London Poppies


It's an art installation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which started being created back in August and was supposed to be dismantled on the 11th of November, which is Remembrance Day. It has proven to be such an immensely popular tourist attraction that part of display will stay on at the Tower of London till the end of November and parts of it will even be moved to different towns in the UK.

The Tower of London Poppies

I still hadn't had a chance to go and see them myself, so this morning I got up early to do just that. I wasn't the only one. It took a while before I finally got my ticket and to actually enter the Tower of London. While queuing we did get a good look at the Prime Minister and his family who were visiting the Tower as well.

The Tower of London Poppies

Walking across the bridge that crosses the moat, I got a good look at the river of red running through it like a stream of blood. Even though it's a pretty sight to see it also gives you a stunning visual of actually how many British soldiers died in a war that now seems so needless. Not counting any lives that were lost in other countries.

The Tower of London Poppies


I walked around on top of the walls and through the watch towers of the Tower of London and got some more glimpses of the red coloured moat and what must have been thousands of people on the outside that came to see them. As I watched them from across the moat, I realised how much this means to so many people in Britain and how important it is to keep remembering. I'm glad the poppies are staying a bit longer.

The Tower of London Poppies

I visited the Tower of London with compliments of Attractiontix. Visit their  blog to win a piece of history.

Comments

  1. It is so important to keep remembering this. When I was in London last weekend, I saw quite some people wearing poppies on their coats. The Tower of London looks very impressive which this field of poppies

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  2. I'm so glad that I got to see it (even if it wasn't complete) it was very impressive

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  3. I think it will still be an impressive sight, even after today.

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  4. Recently visited there myself, awe-inspiring .

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