In search of a prince!!

Trip Start May 26, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

As the sun started to peak through the curtains, I woke up to glorious day in England. And as clear blue skies don't come around too often in these parts, I had to make the most of it and explore something new. So I got up & got myself ready for a day of exploring. I headed to Waterloo Station & checked the times of some trains out of town. The first to depart somewhere interesting was a train to Windsor. So Windsor it search of a prince. Or at least to find a castle most people would dream of.

About an hour later we pulled into Windsor Station & I made my way up the hill past the shops and around the surrounding wall of Windsor Castle. After a quick bite to eat I joined the line all the way down the road to enter the castle. You can buy tickets in advance to avoid these lines but since I only decided to go there an hour or so earlier I would have to wait in line. About 30mins later, after chatting to the lovely little Russian lady I met on the train & meeting two more Aussies in the queue behind me we made it to the front of the line.

Windsor Castle is pretty cute in my opinion. Much nicer aesthetically than Buckingham Palace, so I can understand why the Queen prefers to live here. And Windsor township is just a cute. Nice little cobbled streets & shops everywhere.

I wandered through the grounds and everywhere inside the castle that was permitted & even checked out Queen Mary's Doll House. Now I'll admit I've never really looked up what this collection is all about, I had always just assumed it was a doll collection. How wrong I could be. It's actually a miniature replica of the castle, complete with furnishings & electricity throughout. It's quite impressive & the detail is amazing. According to the guards, the artworks on the walls of the doll house & some of the furnishings were even made by the famous artists that were commissioned for the original pieces. Many were honoured to have miniatures of their works displayed in Queen Mary's collection.

By the time I came out of the castle all but one store in town was closed. I would have loved to wander around town more, checking out the boutiques & walk over the river to see Eton College. You never know what future country leaders & royalty could be wandering around. But that will have to wait for another visit.

Castle sightings - 1

Prince sightings - 0

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