The Palace Castle

Trip Start Jul 14, 2007
Trip End Feb 05, 2008

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

After York we took a train to London, found a hostel and took another train to Windsor. We got there kinda late so we had to hustle our way around the palace/castle before it closed. We did make it to the state rooms just in time so see the amazingness the royals live amongst. There are also all these Orders that people belong to if they are noble or have done a great service for the country. The Order of Chivalry has its own room in the Palace that has all the family crests of the Knights in the Order. Since the Order has been around forever the room is huge and is where they have the long banquet style dinners. But if the Knight commits a crime or embarrasses his country his shield is not removed, just whited out so everyone knows who the person was because their name is still there, just not their crest.

The grounds were huge and beautiful, it would be a really fun place to live except for the face that most of the place is open to the public. But we were there when it was closing so we were getting moved out by the castle wardens. We attempted to go to Eton College, where all the royals and elite Britons are educated, but it was closed. So we settled for returning to London.

We decided not to go to Dover and spend an extra day in London. This meant that Braden saw 3 musicals in less than 36 hours. Since I had no desire to do such, we went our separate ways for the two days. We did however go to the movie theater where harry potter premiered and watch the 5th movie. The theater was awesomely huge and we sat in the balcony level (best seats in the house). After that Braden went off to his musicals and Marianne and I went to the Tate Modern to see a photography exhibit I had seen being advertised. It was a very cool exhibit because it followed photography from the beginning in Britain. Unfortunately Marianne had to leave us for Denmark, so I was on my own the rest of the day. I promptly hit up Hyde Park for a stroll and lunch. Since it was a saturday (and the first warm sunny day in 3 weeks), it was quite crowded but still beautiful. From there I caved and saw one musical (the only one Braden did not want to go to), Phantom of the Opera. I had never seen it, so instead of being bored and alone at night, I went to a show. It was very nice, but I think I like the movie better.

The next day Braden and I went to a Star Wars exhibit in the city hall. Azlynn, you would of loved this! Lucas brought costumes, models, and props used in the filming of the six movies from his place in Modesto to London and put it on display. It was quite fun. After we were star wars-ed out, Braden left me for the theater again and I went to see the inside of Buckingham palace. They had opened it after we left London the first time, so we could not go in then. It was beautiful, in my opinion even more beautiful than Windsor. They had a special exhibit for the queens 60th wedding anniversary that displayed her wedding dress and all the jewelry she wore/received on her wedding day. I do not know how you could walk with out hunching over with some of these huge jeweled necklaces. They also had on display all the Orders the Queen and her husband have been inducted into from foreign countries. The Queen is a member of the Order of the not the harry potter one, the one from Greece, but cool none the less. From the Palace I rushed over to the London Eye and took a spin around to see the great views of London and made friends with an Aussie family. But our plane was leaving that night so I did not hang out with them for long. The views were spectacular especially since I mostly knew the lay of the land so I could figure out what all the buildings were in the distance. Once spin on the big wheel and then I had to rush back to the hostel to get the bags and book it to the plane...even though it was delayed an hour and a half.
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