Day 5 – London: A day in the country

So today we took an organised bus tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford.

Up early and started off at 7:30am to get to the bus departure point (about a half hour walk). The initial was a bit disorganised but it sorted itself out once we got going. The bus was at capacity with a variety of places represented.

First stop – Windsor Castle – we didn’t have a lot of time to look over the castle (by the time you queue, go through security and find the key places to see before heading back to the bus in time to leave for the next stop), however what we did see was fascinating.

Amazing architecture, beautiful grounds and so much history. We visited Queen Mary’s Doll House, the State Rooms and King Henry VII’s Chapel (I think I have that right – will check in the morning and amend, if necessary). The wealth is staggering and yet people talk about the cost to maintain the history and the necessity to get the funding from tourists etc. The wind farms off the coast of the UK are owned by the Crown and the Government and so half the revenue generated from, I suppose, leasing the coastal waters to the wind farm developers goes to the Queen and this helps pay for the maintenance of Palace and he Castle. We were told that Buckingham Palace is in disrepair and requires £350m to upgrade. (The cost to repair Parliament House is £5b (new electrical work, heating and repairing the holes in the roof!!!!! and Big Ben – the bell – will be switched off soon for repairs that will take 4 years).

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This is a miniscule piece of Windsor Castle

 

When I get a few minutes I will put together a photo roll with more photos – I will let you know when I get this done.

Next stop Stonehenge (it took about 1.5 hours to get here). It was certainly an interesting place – not really sure what I thought – I was fascinated by it but I have seen it.

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Norm contemplating the Stonehenge site

 

After Stonehenge it was on to Oxford (a further 1.5 hour trip).

Oxford was great. I loved the place. We saw some of the Colleges, that make up Oxford University – there are currently 37 in total. Oxford is the oldest University in the world. Its focus is on humanities (while Cambridge is more Science). Over 25 UK Prime Ministers have studied at Oxford with many studying PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and boasts C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien as alumni (Cambridge has the likes of Isaac Newton, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking as their alumni).

 

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In the grounds of Oxford University

o 350 miles and 11 hours later we arrived back where we started from. Great day. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Bye for now. Wendy.

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