Over the years, I have stored all the memories from trips in my heart. Every once in a while, for one reason or another, I think about my travel experiences. I see articles from the places I have been, or advertisements from countries I once went. Then, all those memories come back. Many times I have been thinking about writing them in my blog. That is why I started a new series, called Monday Memories. Every Monday, I will share a story from my past travels.
WINDSOR CASTLE, ENGLAND
In 2010 I was on a business trip in England. Before our flight back home, we had some extra time, and we decided to spend a day in the city of Windsor, in Berkshire, England. The River Thames separates the city from it's neighbour Eton, where you can just walk over Windsor Bridge. Windsor has about 30,000 inhabitants.
After a short sightseeing tour, we jumped out the taxi and headed to the world famous Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle was first built by William the Conqueror in 1070. Today, the oldest parts of the castle are from 1227. There have been many changes and expansions to the castle over the years, and it got damaged in a fire in 1992. It has been serving as a residence for royals, kings and queens, for over 1000 years. It has also been used as a fortress and a prison.
So needless to say, there is a lot of history here, and lots to see. Before visiting, it would be a good idea to find out what kind of museums, churches and exhibits are in the area. For us, a visit to Windsor came as a surprise, so we didn't have any information about the place. But it feels amazing that Shakespeare himself had been walking on these same roads. They believe he was there, since his play "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is situated in Windsor, and its surroundings.
Today, some parts of the castle are open to visitors, but mostly, it is the home of the Windsor family and Queen Elisabeth II. She spends most of her weekends in Windsor, but was also there when we visited, and that was during the week. So if you visit Windsor Castle, take a look at the round tower. If there is a flag on the pole, the Queen is at home. It is said that, Windsor Castle is the largest castle that has residents.
Right in front of Windsor Castle is the Windsor Royal Shopping Center, where we went for lunch, and to get some last minute souvenirs. Since I had no idea when I would be in England again and could get some authentic Fish & Chips, I just had to order some.
I was truly sad that during this short visit, we didn't have time to visit inside the castle (you can find different ticket options here), and we were not able to see all the things in the area. We also missed the guard change, but we did enjoy the day enormously at Windsor before our flight back to Finland.