A Day at Windsor Castle, a night in the park
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May 22nd, 2007 – by: Maureenie
We had to take the train to SLOUGH to change, which was really cool. Not because I thought Slough was cool, or that I even got to spend anytime there outside of switching trains, but it was just cool to say I’ve been there because of the British version of The Office.
Upon arriving in Windsor, we joined the masses of people in search of the castle through the surrounding town. It was quaint, sure, but nothing too exciting going on-- just cutesy little shops, etc. We had to pay quite a sum to get into the actual castle, which was unfortunate. Don’t the royals already have enough money? We took a free audio tour with soothing English voices.
We passed by a lot of the outside before we actually got to go in any parts of the castle. Because so many parts of the castle are still in use, much of it is off limits. After wrapping around the back, and seeing hills that I could totally picture people climbing up to attack the castle, we went into this room that I THINK is called the doll room.
After that we were lead into a courtyard and got to see some guards.
We spent the next few hours touring through a series of inside rooms called the “State Apartments. We saw lots of really, really, really fancy stuff... lots of old armour and swords. I couldn’t take pictures of any of the inside rooms, which sucked.
In St. George’s Hall they were setting up for a banquet. We talked to this docent guy who was helping set things up about what was going on there and about the history of that room.
As we were leaving the inside quarters, Daniel sent me a text saying that he was catering that night AT THE CASTLE for some event that Prince Charles was attending. It turns out that it was the same event we saw them setting up for inside! I couldn’t believe it!
Then we saw St. George’s Chapel, which had some intense flying buttresses on the outside. There was a whole separate part of the audio tour for the inside.
After we left the castle we spent some time in the surrounding town. We shared a meal outside some jankety place on a little cobblestone street where the food was terrible. They had a neat inside building, though... it looked like that building had been around for quite a while as per most of the things in that neighborhood. Next door was the place where Nell Gwynn used to live, which is pretty exciting for the drama nerd in me.
After that we stopped to get ice cream by some old government building where the supporting columns don’t all touch the ceiling. I don’t remember why that is. But it was cool anyway. The ice cream was okay. I think they still don’t know how to do cold food well in England.
After we took the trains back from the castle, Josh and I had to go into the city so I could buy a new suitcase. I have so much stuff in my room, there is no way I’m going to be able to back it in two suitcases, so I thought I’d get him to take some of my stuff back with him and I’d just get it from him when we were both back in Santa Cruz. It was hard to find something cheap. I ended up finding something on sale at Lillywhites in Picadilly Circus after running around on the tube with him. It was pretty frustrating.
That night Nikki and Greg and I brought the American friends to eat at the Indian food restaurant up on Cockfosters Lane.
On the way back from the restaurant, we decided to brave it back through the back of Trent Park in the dark.... And it was VERY, VERY dark! We started getting kind of freaked out, walking through the trees, hearing weird noises... Greg and Dave ran off ahead into the bushes to scare us. I got really freaked out, and so Megan, Nikki, Josh and I ran away into a different part of the park. We waited for them to get sick of waiting for us, and then ran back to the dorms. We were really scared. Then we got back there, safe and sound, assuming we’d see them... turns out they were out there in the dark looking for us, thinking WE were out there trying to scare THEM. Ha. I think you had to be there for that one. This one is going to be a good memory, though. I can tell.
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