It was not a bad thing to leave London for three weeks and then return for just two nights. It enabled us to distil what it was that we really wanted to see. Saturday afternoon we (and half of London) went to see the tower and of course the Crown Jewels. We queued for about 25 minutes, and inside took another 10 to 15 minutes to get to see them. The collection is breathtaking - and unreal. So much concentrated wealth in the precious stones, many of which are huge and taken off, or given by, someone else. Also, it's good to know that the royals have been into recycling for many centuries, as each successive King or Queen takes some of the more impressive stones and has them refashioned into a more "modern" crown or tiara. Some of the stones are so big that they have them recut as well.
On Monday morning we took the Euro-star to Paris for the last five days of our trip.