Greece May 2004 travel blog

Victoria and Dave outside Windsor Castle

Irish Guard fife and drum band approaching castle

Dorothy, Dave and George ready to buy tickets

Changing Of The Guard!

Paul and the interior Courtyard

"Crooked Tea Shop" in Windsor

Paul, Dorothy and George on Windsor's "High Street"

Getting ready to board our plane to Greece!

For our last day in London area, George and Dorothy took us to Windsor to visit the famous castle where the Queen typically spends her weekends (she was heading there when we saw her on our first day).

At 11 am, the changing of the guard ceremony takes place - this time with the Irish Guard fife and drum band marching up the street and into the castle. We followed them in and spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon visiting the castle.

We spent a fair bit of time in St. George's Chapel. It was built around the same time as King's College Chapel in Cambridge and features the same vaulting that gives it a light airy feel, drawing the eye up. In here are buried many of the kings and queens of England, including the Queen Mother, who died in 2002.

From there we toured the state apartments - a vast series of rooms, each filled with treasures from around the world and paintings by the masters. In contrast to Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle seems much warmer. There is extensive use of wood and there is far less of the tiresome self aggrandizing of the Duke of Marlborough.

All too soon, time pressures made us rush off for lunch of fish and chips and off to the airport to catch our uneventful flight to Athens.

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