Grand Tour travel blog

Windsor Castle - when the flag is flying the Queen is in...

Me with the beautiful gardens behind

Castle flowers

Castle window

St. George's Chapel

A bit of spring at the castle

Changing of the guard procession

To Stonehenge or bust!

Pretty amazing

Me on a bad hair day...

Give Peace a chance at Stonehenge

Oxford

Oxford

School pride

Library at Oxford

Museum

Beautiful window in the museum

A pane in a window in the museum

I vaguely recall using a slide rule for my Trig class in...

Coffee latte in Oxford


Tuesday was an early morning, leaving my residence at 7:00am to meet my tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford. The tour enabled me to see a lot of things, but not spend a great deal of time at any of them. But it whetted my appetite to come back, especially to Oxford.

I knew very little about Windsor Castle; it is so huge! We only had about 1.5 hours there so I toured the State apartments and St. George's Chapel where Harry and Meghan will say their "I do's" in May. The Queen is currently in residence, as she is during April each year. But she did not come to greet us, nor did we see her in any of the windows, looking down at all of us tourists. While we were in line waiting to go into the State apartments we were delayed for the changing of the guard which was sort of cool. I wish we'd had more time to explore the town, but I had just enough time to grab a sandwich and Diet Coke to-go before the bus hit the road again to go see the Stones.

Stonehenge is really pretty amazing. I love all of the theories about how and why it was constructed. The burial mounds all around are fascinating. It was very windy there, so it was a "bad hair day" at that point. I took a photo for another person on the tour and, at least, she had long hair pulled back in a ponytail so her hair wasn't flying all over the place. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the area around is managed by the National Trust. It is actually a giant park, so one can walk anywhere and there were lots of people there enjoying the beautiful scenery.

After Stonehenge we headed to Oxford and had a walking tour of parts of the University and the library. What an extraordinary setting in which to be a student. What a cute college town...and you all know how much I love college towns. During some free time I took a look at the Museum of the History of Science and then had coffee and cake at a local spot.

We returned to the city around 6:30 and I took the Tube back to where I was staying, had a light supper and was in bed early since I returned to Paris on Wednesday.



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