Saturday, July 11, 2009

I am Going to Windsor to See the Queen...


We woke up this morning to cooler weather. A light rain fall brought with it much nicer temperatures for our next adventure - a trip to Windsor! Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The queen happened to be in residence on the day we visited, but we were unable to catch the much desired glimpse of the queen!


We arrived at Windsor just in time for the 11:00 am changing of the palace guards. The ceremony itself was almost an hour long with a full marching band. Our group stood around and enjoyed the fanfare while also trying to get some much needed group shots of our friends!





After the "concert," Margo and I decided toured the State Rooms of the castle which are open to visitors. I love touring beautiful homes (and castles) and often imagine myself living there. My favorite part of the tour, however, was seeing several prints done by Leonardo da Vinci on display in the "library."

The tour took almost three hours to complete, so we were starving by the time we exited the rooms. We found a bench and ate our lunches overlooking the palace grounds. I was interested in more information about a castle fire and stopped a local man wearing a badge. What a wonderful addition to the day. The little seventy year old man has worked at Windsor for over 35 years. He told us wonderful stories of life at Windsor and then asked if I happened to be married!!! Margo and I were afraid that we had made "too good" of a friend when he asked us what we were going to do for the rest of the day! We were able to make our escape in the ladies restroom.

We ended the Windsor tour with a walk through St. George's Cathedral?/ Church/ Chapel? and then met up with Dr. Reid and David for an afternoon ice cream break!


After we arrived back at Regent's Park College in Oxford, Margo and I decided to walk the two blocks to the Sheldonian Theatre for a Handel concert! I loved listening to the boy's choir. It was another great English day:)



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