Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 9: Part 5: Windsor Castle - Our Tour

Outside Windsor Castle
  The castle was established by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. We learned that Henry VIII actually lived in Windsor Castle at one time. During our tour, there were only about 10 rooms open for tour because the royal family still lives in the castle. We learned that the Queen does spend weekends here.

The gray skies over Windsor Castle
Tom and Rob outside Windsor Castle

Being goofy outside Windsor Castle!
    We did see a lot of priceless paintings in the castle, including some by Botticelli,Rembrandt and others. We also saw a dollhouse exhibit that looked more like architectural scale models of a classic building, complete with all the furnishings.

We got to walk through a long and elaborate dining hall that had caught fire in 1992 and was destroyed. It was rebuilt by 1997. 

An adjoining room to the dining hall had also caught fire, and restoration experts wound up flipping over the boards in the wooden floor to preserve them from the period they were built. 

The display of wealth was overwhelming, and we just saw 10 rooms! 

NO GHOSTS WHERE WE WERE - We didn't sense any ghosts in the 10 rooms that we walked through, but that didn't mean that there weren't any in other parts of the castle. In fact, in the next entry, we'll highlight the ghosts that were reported in the castle.



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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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