Some of the members of the London Connection team had a free day, so Ricardo/Cristina/Ian joined me for a day out of London. I love to go at this time of the year because the semi-state rooms are open to the public, and there are few people and no lines. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and no snow or rain–perfect after a bitter January in London. We left Paddington Station at 9:30 AM and took the train to Slough where we caught the Windsor Castle Connection. It progressed like clockwork. Ian is our company photographer, so I had a professional teacher giving me suggestions about my new camera–the time on the train was really well used. We arrived in Windsor, wandered up from the station to the castle where the Gold Jubilee monument of Queen Victoria greeted us in all its glory. We then went into the grounds of the castle where we found hardly a soul there compared to the long lines and mobs of the summer tourist months. We could feel spring in the air, and the gardens were beginning to show buds and blossoms. The walls of Windsor Castle are as solid as the kingdom itself. St. George and the Dragon were sculptured in the walls from time to time, and historic dates fascinated: Elizabeth I, George III, and George IV. There was no photography allowed inside, but my conscience allowed just one picture of the Waterloo Chamber ceiling which was blazing with light from the outside; it was spectacular, and I couldn’t resist. After a wonderful visit, we went into the town of Windsor and had Sunday roast beef and Yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch at a little restaurant which once was the home of Nell Gwyn. I am going to write an article about this restaurant because the food was really good, and the owner was eager to tell us about the tunnel under the restaurant to the castle where Charles II and Nell reached each other without the public’s knowledge. We then walked over to the Scottish shop to look at the tartans which always intrigue me. What a wonderful way to spend my last day in England: my wonderful team having a day away from the job in Windsor Castle. Perfect. I will be back in the spring and again in August/September, but I will miss their energy, excitement and their many kindness to me.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918