The clip below shows a demonstration of a trebuchet firing a cabbage in the moat of the Tower--this was the best thing we saw all day!! It was built by a history teacher and his class. The teacher, a thoughtful, soft-spoken man, was also kind enough to explain the design and let us watch the firing up close in the moat. Ravi just built two catapults for a class project before we left and this will definitely be a highlight of the trip for him.
So many books have been set in this city ... but funny which of them came to mind for each of us. Ravi saw St. Paul's Cathedral and thought of Leviathan by Scott Westerfield, Kiki saw Cleopatra's Needle and thought of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, and I saw the Norman toilet, the suits of armor, and the once stinky moat at the Tower of London and thought of Poop Happened - A history of the world from the bottom up by Sarah Albee!