Following in the tradition begun by my virtual blogger friend, Marsha, here is a cameo of life in and around London.
I'm about the go out and enjoy one of the few hot, sunny weekends we get here in May. We'll find a pub by a river in Windsor and sit with a drink beneath a willow overhanging the water. Then simply spend the afternoon wallowing in the peace and quiet of an English Sunday in the shadow of Windsor Castle. A really beautiful and awe inspiring place close up, it's very easy to imagine all the ancient kings who used it as a base in Medieval times.
Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Ten British monarchs lie buried in St George's Chapel: Edward IV, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Charles I, George III, George IV, William IV, Edward VII, George V and George VI.
Oliver Cromwell captured Windsor Castle after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642, and for the rest of the Civil War it became a prison as well as the headquarters of the parliamentary forces.
In 1648, Charles I was held there before his trial and execution at the Banqueting House in Whitehall and his body was brought back for burial in the chapel during a snowstorm. For all you history buffs, there's plenty more here: Windsor Castle
Constructed on a hill, the streets flow downward towards the river and the old Victorian railway station has been transformed beautifully into a mall beneath a glass roof filled with curio shops, bookshops and every cafe and restaurant you can imagine.
At 11.am most days, everyone congregates below the castle to watch the changing of the guard - a sight which never loses its magic. In the sunshine, England is the best country in the world.
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