Castle tour

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
Trip End Aug 03, 2012

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Flag of United Kingdom  , Windsor,
Monday, July 23, 2012

We had to be at the castle by 11 for the changing of the guard. Us country folk didn't know that happened in Windsor as well as Buckingham and the crowds were a lot less so we were up close. Then we went into Windsor castle.

Getting through the gates was a bit like airport security, queues and Xraying the bags etc. It was so worth the trip. We got to look around the grounds, the state apartments, saw the dolls house and St Georges chapel.

There was a photographic display as we went in celebrating the Queens jubilee - photos of her over the 60 years of her reign.

Then we saw the doll house of queen Mary (I think) - it was amazing - 3 feet high, replicating lots of items in Windsor palace. The detail was amazing - apparently all to scale 1/12th size.

Next it was into the state apartments - through a room with the most fabulous china display - into one ornate room after another massive rooms, huge paintings, in some places there` was stuff displayed - some of which was the spoils of war and I thought should be returned to their country of origin. In the King's dressing room were all these Breugels, one of which was the "Slaughter of the Innocents" - somewhat ironic background as you got changed I thought! I saw Rembrandt's and Raphael's and many artists I didn't recognise. You kind of get into sensory overload.

After leaving the apartments we met with Carol - she had waited with Jasmine who was sleeping in her pushchair - you weren't allowed to wheel pushchairs through. We all had an ice-cream from one of the many carts about selling it (doing a roaring trade in the heat). And I went into one of the shops for some souvenirs.

Then it was St Georges chapel (more like a cathedral) - fabulous again - so much history - they have been burying royals (& others) there since the 13th century. Each little chapel around the edge was different with its own bits of history. Saw a massive sword displayed there - 6ft 8" long - apparently made for battle - must have been wielded by a very impressive and amazingly strong swordsman methinks.

Outside the chapel Emma and Jasmine posed with one of the guardsmen - we managed to get a word and a smile from him although he was not supposed to.

As we left the castle it was time for a coffee & a sit down. The old Windsor station is no longer a station and has been converted to cafes and shops and we stopped for a coffee there and rest the weary legs. Babychino for Jasmine.

Carol & Emma & Jasmine headed off to get pizza and lunch, we walked a different way home and I got a voucher for my (hopefully arriving soon) English sim.

A late lunch in the back garden at Ravi & Carols then time for goodbyes as we hoped to get home in daylight. Dave had decided to take me the more scenic route over the cotswolds. it was a lovely drive. We stopped for a stroll and a drink at Broadway - all lovely and creamy gold made from cotswold stone.
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Hazel Genner on

Marvellous to see thru castle & grounds - lovely photos. Luv, Mum & Dad xx

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