Last Day of our First Tour

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Our first view in the distance.

The last was filled with sights. Besides the visit to Windsor Castle we had a bus tour around the city with a professional guide. That means he gets paid to do what he does.  Gosh, don't we all? :)  They took us past Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Knightsbridge with Harrods, the House of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames.

We opted for a nice dinner at a fine resturaunt, Chez Gerard, and then strolled to the river past the Tower of London where we took a lengthy cruise up and down the Thames River in the early evening.

The night before Big Ben had not struck it's toll at 10pm. which had thrown all of London into an uproar. It had been the first and only time that the famous chimes had not rung on the hour.  We were slowly cruising past just at 9pm as the bells tolled.

One of the things we had a hard time with was how late that part of the world gets dark.  Where we live in Central California, even in summer the sun sets before 8pm.  There is was much closer to 10 pm.

This was a nice close to our first tour and we had a hard time saying our goodbyes to all of the other travelers on our tour. We made several good friends. 

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Slightly closer, looking up the main entry road.
We couldn't pass up a chance to see Windsor Castle.  It was an optional added tour on our itinerary.  I believe everyone of our tour took this optional and we all enjoyed it.  We spent nearly half the day strolling the grounds, buildings, and shops. Unfortunately, you are not supposed to take any pictures indoors at the Castle and they do have several security people on duty to watch over the tourists. Some of the rooms were magnificent with the Coats of Arms, Armor, and weapons.  Actually all of the rooms we were allowed to see were pretty nice. Some have been rebuilt and restored since a bad fire destroyed a large section back in 1992. How I would have loved to take a hundred or more photos in there.  We had a guide that explained who, what, why, and the like as we made our way around the grounds.  She was very knowledgeable and fun to listen to.  Outside, we could take as many pictures as we liked and I got several.   St. George's Chapel, where Princess Margaret and several others are buried was large and beautiful. The exterior was under restoration and no photos inside again so not much there. Hope you enjoy what we did get to take.
glennisnz says:
I imagine the castle was very impressive inside. Looks great outside.
Posted on: Mar 13, 2008
X_Drive says:
danny291 -- Thanks for noting my booboo! How embarassing. Had to be on a name! :)
Posted on: Mar 12, 2008
danny291 says:
Princess Maragret? haha. Margaret? :)
very nice pictures!!
Posted on: Mar 12, 2008
Our first view in the distance.
Our first view in the distance.
Slightly closer, looking up the ma…
Slightly closer, looking up the m…
Naturally, we used the bus parking…
Naturally, we used the bus parkin…
This nicely restored old steam loc…
This nicely restored old steam lo…
As we exited the shopping area our…
As we exited the shopping area ou…
Another exterior wall.
Another exterior wall.
Statue of Queen Victoria
Statue of Queen Victoria
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
One of the entry gates
One of the entry gates
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
An arrow slit from inside Windsor …
An arrow slit from inside Windsor…
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castles Church. St George…
Windsor Castle's Church. St Georg…
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle and our Guide (with…
Windsor Castle and our Guide (wit…
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castle gardens
Windsor Castle gardens and waterfa…
Windsor Castle gardens and waterf…
Windsor Castle entry with holes wh…
Windsor Castle entry with holes w…
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
My favorite shot at Windsor Castle
My favorite shot at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle guard
Windsor Castle guard
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle. St. Georges Chael
Windsor Castle. St. George's Chael
Windsor Castle. St. Georges Chapel
Windsor Castle. St. George's Chapel
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle, one last look
Windsor Castle, one last look
Big Ben, London
Big Ben, London
London
London
London
London
London
London
An Obelisk in London
An Obelisk in London
All Hallows by the Tower, London
All Hallows by the Tower, London
London
London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London
The New London City Hall
The New London City Hall
An old cruiser at dock on the Tham…
An old cruiser at dock on the Tha…
View of buildings along the Thames.
View of buildings along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
Waterloo Bridge, London
Waterloo Bridge, London
Four beautiful spires on this Lond…
Four beautiful spires on this Lon…
An old ship docked along the Thame…
An old ship docked along the Tham…
The Globe Theatre, London
The Globe Theatre, London
Millenium Bridge, London
Millenium Bridge, London
Millenium Bridge, London
Millenium Bridge, London
A rail bridge over the Thames.
A rail bridge over the Thames.
Another bridge over the Thames.
Another bridge over the Thames.
Even bridge posts when the bridge …
Even bridge posts when the bridge…
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Along the Thames River, London
Th…
Along the Thames River, London T…
Along the Thames River
Along the Thames River
Big Ben at Sunset
Big Ben at Sunset
The London Aquarium
The London Aquarium
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Houses of Parliament, London
Houses of Parliament, London
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Along the Thames
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames.
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
View along the Thames
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
A view of the Tower of London
A view of the Tower of London
A view of the Tower of London
A view of the Tower of London
A view of the Tower of London
A view of the Tower of London
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