1) Tower of London. No other place, book, movie, or tale has better helped me understand the English people and their history than the day I spent here.
2) Palace of Westminster. The home of Parliament told me a far more fascinating tale of political symbolism and heritage than I imagined it would. It was more impressive and intimate than any experience I've ever had in the U.S. Congress. It's not just England's history and evolution of politics one sees here, but it's the very evolution of democracy in Western society.
|And the history isn't always pretty. Many were condemned to death for reasons we'd now consider unjust in this hallowed building.|
|Map used by Mr. Churchill as a reference tool at Potsdam.|
|Many uniforms were among the artifacts that captivated Sam.|
|Good picture? No. But photography is strictly prohibited inside the Palace.|