Sunday, 31 May 2009

Sunny Sunday at Windsor

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 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.

1 comment:

Vicky English said...

Hi Anita,

Hope you found your pub and enjoyed it. I love Windsor. We used to cross the river to Eton and trawl the pubs there. Haven't been for years. Makes me envious.


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