20 aprile 2012
day trip to WINDSOR and Eton. we took the train from Paddington and changed at SLOUGH. it’s very easy because there is a small train going to windsor every 15 minutes or so. very quick. we arrived at the station quite early so we had the chance to walk around a bit along the river while we were waiting for Monika. the river walk is very nice and there are also some house boats. nice to take pictures and to walk around. the town of windsor itself was nice and tidy with a new station full of shops and cafe’ and a nice town center.
there are two stations, central and riverside. the second one is more closer to Eton. the village of Eton itself is very nice, too bad we could not see the college inside but the last tour just left when we arrived. keep it in mind for the next time, should be interesting. we actually spotted some students around with their tight (formal dress) .
the castle is very “grand”. huge. i didn’t imagine it sooo big. there is a lot to walk around and to visit. first we went inside the queen mary doll house. it was magical. how cool to be able to play with it. it’s marvellous. just to see that is worth the visit. and i can go back within a year because the ticket can be used once again.
the state apartments are BIG. i didn’t know it was soooo big. full of art, paintings, arms, and the room that was destroyed by the fire was all re -done now and it’s incredible to see in the video that is where the queen has formal dinners with guests.
it’s a long visit- do not think to be able to do that in half a day because is not possible. there is sooo much to be seen including the collection of dishes and services, drawing rooms…paintings that include also BRUEGLH (spelling correct?) . portraits, a pictures exhibition of QE during her 60 years of reign.
then we went to see st george’ chapel that is where the kings are buried. this chapel is a hidden gem. well, hidden for me as probably other people know how nice this is. inside is a work of art. the altar, tombs, chapels, paintings and then there is the memorial chapel of Prince Albert. this is touchy. I could see how much Queen Victoria loved him for the huge chapel she did for his burial.
a wonderful work of art. too bad it was not possible to take pictures inside- both chapel and castle. actually is not sure about the chapel but i didn’t want to make a fuss asking.
i want to go back to the chapel.
when we went out it was already 2 pm. we went to a greek restaurant and it was delicious. one of the best.
we had the meze lunch menu and i loved it. even monika was impressed. i love taramasald. can someone explain to me what is inside?
at this point i want to go back to a greek restaurant but in Milano is not easy…
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