Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Castle and a Spot of Tea

Although we stayed in London the whole time, we took various day-trips. We saw lots of English countryside this way. A bit of a break from The City.

23 September 2002

Trip to Windsor Castle. It was great fun. They have a Changing of the Guard here as well (just like at Buckingham Palace) and we got some fine photos. Not too crowded. We were all alone with Queen Anne's dollhouse. The state rooms are fantastic. So many beautful things. I especially paid attention to all the wonderful clocks. There was a gorgeous full-length portrait of Queen Elizabeth II painted in 1954 just after her coronation. St George's chapel is the burial site of Henry VIII and nine other monarchs. Also Queen Mum and Princess Margaret.

Had lunch in a funny little place just outside the castle wall called The Crooked Tea House. Ordered a cheese and pickle sandwich thinking I would get sliced pickles, but instead got cheese and sweety chutney. It was good but quite different. Served actual leaf tea!

Back in London, the bus driver dropped us off at Harrod's and we wandered in that consumer emporium for a while. Overwhelming. The food halls were the best. We had hot chocolate and a scone and then walked back to our hotel. My trusty map-sense got us there, but it was tricky.

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