Before we get to the photos, I have to share an important lesson learned on day 5 of this trip. Do not be late for your tour bus!!! We were never late, but there were others on our tour who were. What happens? They leave you behind. That’s right. You now are without a ride to your destination or back to your hotel. The guide is not joking when he warns you of that throughout the day. When two ladies were late at our Windsor Castle stop, which was the first stop of the day, our guide did help arrange for them to get on another bus to meet us at Stonehenge, our next stop, which they did. Unfortunately, two different ladies were late for our bus at our last stop in Bath and since the driver was going to run out of hours, we had to leave without them. The guide did try to call their cell phones and waited 10 – 15 minutes walking around the area trying to find them, but those two ladies ended up having to find their own way back to London about 115 miles away. Anyway, we always made the bus so hit every stop and have some lovely photos to show for it.
As I mentioned, our first stop of day 5 was Windsor Castle. I wish I could share some interior photos. It was lovely. It was also interesting (and sad) reading some of the information about the damage of the 1992 fire.
The Queen was actually in residence at Windsor Castle when were were there, but these guards would have been there even had she not been.
Our next stop of the day was Stonehenge. I’m sure there are people who love it and maybe I would have had we been able to get anywhere near it, but the area around it is all roped off so one can’t really get a good feel for how big it is. It’s worth a see once, but I probably won’t go back unless I can get on one of the special tours that allows visitors up close.
This isn’t really a tourist thing, but I had to take a photo of the rapeseed fields, which were in bloom and everywhere. For those that don’t know, rapeseed is what makes canola oil.
Our final stop of the day was Bath. This is a photo of the Roman Baths, which today doesn’t look very appealing, but in their time, there would have been a roof to this area blocking the sun and leaving the water clear instead of full of green algae.
On day 6, we visited Kensington Palace. Those old enough to remember Princess Diana’s death may recognize this is the gate where the memorial of flowers and flowers were left by visitors. Now, it is best known as the home of Prince William, Princess Catherine, and their children.
Right inside the entrance was Baby Prince George’s christening dress.
Our first stop inside the palace was this lovely grand staircase.
In addition to the furniture, some of the rooms had period clothing made out of paper. Can you imagine having to fit through a door or sit in this dress?
Speaking of dresses, during our visit there was a special exhibit of the royals’ clothing. There were articles from Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and these dresses from Princess Diana.
That’s the end of our days in England, which were absolutely wonderful. The weather, overall, was not too cold and we didn’t see a drop of rain. Now, off to Scotland!!!