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A visit with the queen

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 11 April 2010 | Views [480]

Dr Nick checking out potential new digs

Dr Nick checking out potential new digs

On a rare sunny day off I headed over to Windsor to check out the castle and walk the loop track through the grounds.

The castle's pretty impressive (as it should be, being the oldest & largest occupied castle in the world) though I can't say much for its location - right under the flight path to Heathrow (or Gatwick, not really sure). Can't be worth that much. Did the tour of the castle & got to see the MASSIVE doll's house build for Queen Mary, which is apparently the most famous doll's house in the world. I'd never heard of it. It was bigger than my first room at Uni, and has working lights and apparently flushing toilets. Unfortunately we didn't get to see them working. The Queen was in residence, according to the flag hoisted high above the castle walls, but failed to invite me in for tea. Oh well, perhaps next time.

After taking a few photos of the guards who didn't look old enough to be out of school, let alone be holding massive guns, I headed off on the Long Walk towards the Copper Horse on Snow Hill. It is a LONG walk. I decided to head out of town & start the walk from Cranbourne gate. Unfortunately I must have taken a wrong turn and, despite trying to follow the AA map, ended up at Russel's pond, which was supposed to be the last stop on the walk. So I decided to do it backwards. I managed to find the Millstone, and from there made my way to a statue which I thought was the Copper Horse. Though in hindsight I realised that King George was unlikely to have been a woman and it was actually the Jubilee Statue. Eventually I wandered back towards the road, crossed it, and headed through a farm towards my car. On my way I came across some very nosy cows who really wanted their pictures taken so who was I to refuse.

So, despite the slight detour, all-in-all a pretty good day.

Tags: walks, windsor castle

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