The Windsor Trooper
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We arrived at 5:30 am. We should have been exhausted by the 8 hour overnight flight from Chicago but find ourselves energized and excited. We rent a Fiat wagon, hold our breath and drive to Windsor. After completing logistics like a new sim card for the phones and converting US dollars to British Pounds we head to Windsor Castle. Wow, it's …
... continue to march back and forth. Finally the band arrives at the Lower Ward. Prior to the actual changing of the guard we enjoy a 15-minute band concert. The concert ends and the changing of the guard begins. Suddenly we notice two enlisted men pivot in the wrong direction as they prepare to leave the staging area! This embarrassing moment reminded me of my drill-team years. I wonder what discipline they ...
... to have the big stuff taken care of for our big day.
Thanks to all of our running around on Thursday we ended up cutting it pretty close between dropping the rental car off and catching our flight to London but luckily the Aberdeen airport is not very big so we made it with a few minutes to spare anyway. After our quick flight we arrived at London Heathrow and were met by our friend Tim from Denver who is living in ...
... s body is one place and the head another.
Other than the Parthenon statues, the British Museum houses the Rosetta Stone (smaller than I thought!), mummies and their tombs, and just about everything in the world you can imagine. Somewhere you could spend all day if you wanted!
From there, I debated walking over to the British Library (also free – where the Magna Carta, DaVinci notebooks, and Gutenberg Bibles are), but instead opted to ...
... Little nuances highlight the fact that these rooms are still actively used; the rolled carpet in the immense dining hall that can be rolled out and the velvet ropes hidden away.
We make our way out of the state apartments and into the lower ward to St George's chapel, a triumph of medieval gothic architecture. The floor and surrounding chambers are ensconced with plaques, memorials and elaborate tombs of monarchs, some more forgotten ...