Attire for Tower of London Dinner
We are taking the England, Scotland, Wales tour in Sept. I see there is a special Tower of London dinner. What attire is acceptable for that evening? We would prefer to not bring along suit/tie/sport jacket, dress/skirt, if at all possible. Thanks!
Most men wear a sports jacket (no tie) to the Tower of London dinner, but it is not required.
Our tour director recommended good flat walking shoes for this event due to the cobblestones, and this was excellent advice. Many women who wore sandals or shoes with heels regretted it. There is much walking on cobblestones prior to the dinner and after dinner for the Ceremony of the Keys. There are also many stairs to climb. Practical supportive shoes are definitely the best choice fo this dinner
We've been to England and Wales several times on our own and have relatives in Wales, but the Tauck tour took us places we had never been and gave us a great history lesson as we drove throughout the countries. The hotels were very good and the food was delicious. Enjoy.
Pictures worth a 1000 words?
Translation: satire = a joke. One can never rely on North American readers seeing the funny side. Kind of ruins the moment if you have to spell it out, though.
You are most correct! She was tagging along and taking some last minute notes before leading her own E,S,W trips later in the year (and this year?). I understand she was a fantastic Tauck Africa tours guide. In the bow tie is Ron, our fabulous Tauck guide- he should be leading 3 tours the season if he makes it back from his round the world trek. He is a great guy and a fount of UK knowledge and all things dealing with English royalty, succession, etc.
Sorry, about the wide format photos- you may need to slide your frame bar, you can see the Tauck label on Ron's shirt pocket.
Sorry, slockwood I don't have any other photos uploaded.
If any of you have Ron or Rachel this summer, ask about this photo of me (by the way that is Rachel in the seat behind me). I was in self-imposed time out:
I love it!!!!! )))))))
We had the pleasure of having Rachel as our tour director on our ESW August 9th tour last year. Her knowledge of UK history was incredible, and she related it without notes. She is a great storyteller! She was also adept at dealing with unexpected issues to ensure a smooth trip. We hope to take one of her South Africa tours sometime.
It really wasn't called a box cutter that much until labelled as such by the press after 9/11, at least I never heard the term. Many, especially in the trades, refer to it as a utility knife like the venerable Stanley 199 below, although it is sometimes called a drywall knife where it is often confused with a taping knife that has a wide blade and more akin to a trowel. I hope no one mentions any kind of knife as the folks at TSA have no sense of humor (thank goodness).
You are quite right about the total lack of any sense of humour at the TSA. Australians are particularly warned about engaging in the sort of banter we normally use, back and forth I might add, with our own airport security personnel. The last time I went through airport security a month ago in Melbourne, I was tested for chemical traces of bomb making. I giggled the entire way through, while the security bloke was totally professional, and pleasantly good-natured … all at the same time! We have to be very aware and highly alert when we deal with the TSA, mainly because of the social differences in tone and manner. I make no comment on the level of professionalism of the TSA, you understand. I am just commenting on the social differences, including language anomalies. Arrival procedures, I've found, are quite different. The US Immigration officials do have funny bones. I'm often chided for not being tall enough to reach the eye recognition gizmos. (Who can jump after a flight that long!) Perhaps it's because they know when eyes are really smiling! And knowing that, means that they really are good at their jobs.