Tower Bridge, London, England

The Tower Bridge is a historic fortress located on the north bank of the River Thames in London, England. The tower is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets located east of the city of London in a space known as Tower Hill. Its construction began in 1066. at the time of the Norman Conquest of England. William the conqueror in 1078, had built the White Tower which gave its name to the castle. As early as 1100, it was used as a prison while he served as a royal residence and grand palace. There were several phases of expansion, but it was mainly formed by several buildings surrounded by two concentric defensive walls and a moat. The Tower served as an armory, a menagerie, a treasury, welcomed the Royal Mint, the archives and the British Crown jewels. 112 people were executed there over a period of 400 years at the north of the tower. During the two world wars the tower was used as a prison again and 12 more executions took place. The tower has been repaired after World War II and was reopened to the public, being classified in the world heritage of the UNESCO. The tower, which controlled traffic on the Thames consists of three walls. It is a place of essential interest for millions of tourists who visit the city.

Tips

If you buy the ticket on Internet, you will pay a little less than if you would do on the spot. It will be good for a week from the date of purchase. You will be also asked to make a contribution for repairs of the place and its maintenance as the site receives nothing from the authorities; it is an organization, Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Ltd, that operates only with what they get with the visit of tourists and their donations. They deal also with other historical sites.
You can also rent audio-guides in different languages.
The site has 5 shops that offer different products and there are also cafes and restaurants to enjoy a full day.
There is a legend that says that the Kingdom will be over if ever the ravens residents leave the Tower of London; you can also admire them during your visit.

Madame Tussauds Museum, London, England

Madame Tussauds is the name of the wax museum founded in 1835 in London by Marie Tussaud. There are museums Madame Tussauds in several cities of the world: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Las Vegas, New York, Hollywood, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, etc.
Marie Tussaud was working in Bern as a maid for a doctor, Philippe Curtius, who had become an artist, woodcarver. He took the girl on his wing and showed her how to shape the wax sculpture. He was called in France to make a portrait of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, mistress of Louis XV in 1765. In 1767 the doctor brought Mary and his mother and employed her to work in his many achievements in wax. In 1770 he made his first show and has had so much success that in 1776 the exhibition moved to the Royal Palace. In 1782, he opened a second exhibition called the “Cave of the Great Thieves’ on the Boulevard du Temple; it was the precursor to ‘The chamber of horrors’. Marie Grosholtz achieves its figures from 1777 with that of Voltaire followed by those of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin but in the French Revolution, she was sentenced to the guillotine for its relations with the nobility. Pardoned because of her talent, she used to carry out the death masks of revolutionaries murdered and decapitated. On the death of Curtius, Mary is the heir to his collection of wax figures. In 1795, she married François Tussaud and had 2 children. She went with his eldest son (4 years) in England to present her collection but because of the War of the Third Coalition, she remained blocked in England and continued her road shows throughout Great Britain and Ireland. In 1835 she opened the Baker Street Bazaar (on Baker Street in London) whose main attraction iwas the Chamber of Horrors, which had two parts the victims of the French Revolution and the murderers. In 1842, Marie performs a self-portrait that is still presented at the museum entrance and died in 1850 at the age of 88. In 1884 the museum moved to its current location on Marylebone Road. In 1926, the company Tussauds Group was founded to manage Madame Tussauds. The museum is a major tourist attraction in London.

Tips

You can purchase the admission ticket to the museum on line, taking advantage of combining it with other attractions.
Access is allowed by time slot, so if you have already purchased your ticket, go straight to the door to enter the time of your access. Usually you have to wait a bit but you can walk around and come on your specified time and you’ll enter directly without the need to queue.
If you are visiting with the family, there is a family ticket that serves access for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, at reduced prices. In the case you bought the family access on line, you can choose the time of entry. Note that at age 16, the person is considered adult.

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Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the main traditional and historical attractions of tourism in Morocco, located in Marrakech, near the Koutoubia Mosque and the souks and the Royal Palace, it belongs to UNESCO heritage. It is a lively place with lots of popular attractions such as snake charmers, fire-eaters, monkey tamers, acrobats, women who try to predict your future, tattoo artists with henna, orange juice squeezed even as street vendors and Moroccan craft vendors. There are grills that sell snacks to the tourists but it is best if you go to the restaurants that are around the square for hygiene and peace as you will be approached by a lot of vendors while you try to see all this animation. A visit in the afternoon is not the same as in the evening when it is much busier and there are more vendors. You can also take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the city.

Tips

If you do not like to be approached by vendors of all sorts, it’s better not to visit the square because it can disturb you enough but if you want to know the real life of this special place, you should know that everything has a price even a photo, so ask before making a regret because you’ll be asked for money in a very insistent way.
If you are a little more adventurous, you can pose for a photo with the snake on your shoulders.
If you want to see this whole movement but more quietly, enjoy a restaurant terrace where you can take beautiful pictures of the square too.
If you care to buy something, you should always negotiate the price.

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