on March 11, 2012
We were told that Queen Elizabeth prefers to spend her weekends at Windsor Castle, I can see why. This family home is set in the lovely country side. Not just a castle, this palace incorpurates a village of shops and eateries, too. From the parking lot we had a long walk up the hill to castle. It was startling to discover the architecture was very similiar to that of the Tower of London. Made sorting my pictures out a little more difficult. Near the top of the hill we saw the Coronation Train. Used by Elizabeth II to ride into London for her coronation, it travels at about 9mph. Out guide says that must have been frustrating for her as she has a reputation for having a lead foot when she drives. No photography was allowed inside. I wish I could have taken a picture of one object. A large (6'+) vase managed to survive the fire of 1992 that devestated the St. George's Hall. We saw many beautiful rooms, parlors, dining rooms, audience halls among them. Look up, look down! Everywhere there was something to marvel at. Look out the windows, too. You will see the lovely rolling countryside. Outside we walked by the Registry. It was here that Prince Charles and Camilla exchanged marriage vows. Before leaving the complex we stopped for a peak in the St. George's Hall to see the restoration. A peak doesn't do it we wandered all over marvelling at the windows, sculpture. St. George's Chapel is the site of the annual ceremony of the Order of the Garter. Looking up you can see the colorful heraldic banners that represent each member of the order. This group is the highest order of chivalry in the land. Awesome building. While there are small gift royal sactioned shops available inside the wall we hurried to the bus parking lot so we wouldn't miss our ride. We were able to buy deli food for lunch and Marilyn finally found her long sought after souvenir. If I had it to do again, I would still linger in St. George's Hall and skip the quality shops.
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