Windsor

My friend Alicia, who was visiting us from Edmonton, loves English history and all things to do with Royalty and castles. Therefore, it is no surprise that visiting Windsor was high on her list of things to do.

We took the train there, which was just under an hour. We avoided central London and went from Wimbledon to Clapham Junction and then to Windsor and Eton Riverside. This saved time and was a less expensive train fare.

First we walked down the cute high street towards Eton College.

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Eton College is considered the most prestigious English boys’ boarding school in the UK. It is very well known and has educated nineteen British Prime Ministers as well as Prince William and Prince Harry. We saw all the young chaps in uniform dashing between buildings to attend classes.

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Then we walked up the hill towards Windsor Castle. This area also has a lot of cute shops and tearooms. We bought our tickets for admission the night before, which prevented us from having to wait in the queue outside.

Windsor Castle is much grander from the exterior compared to Buckingham Palace.  It looks more like a home for Royalty and has beautifully landscaped grounds.

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I found Windsor castle to be much more baby friendly as well. Half the tour is outside, walking around the Castle grounds and St. George’s chapel.

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There are opportunities to stop and sit, and baby-changing facilities are available. You then check your stroller to tour the State Rooms.

Once again, there was no photography allowed within the rooms, but as you can imagine, it was very opulent and grand. My favorite part was when one of the stewards starting talking to us and telling us stories about the Queen and Prince Philip. She pointed out a set of doors that led to the Royal Quarters. She said that Prince Philip often pokes through the doors to try to catch the staff off guard and keep them on their toes.

It started drizzling just as we left the castle, so it was perfect timing to duck into The Tower tearoom. We enjoyed our afternoon tea from the previous day so much, that we decided to have another one. After our tea and browsing the shops a bit, Alicia and I made our way back to the train station to go home.

People have asked me what the difference between “afternoon tea” and “cream tea” is. Luckily, I have been well educated on all the forms of taking tea while I’ve been in London. “Afternoon tea” is of course tea, served with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam as well as little petit fours or desserts. This is usually served on china with the food displayed on a beautiful tiered cake stand. A “cream tea” is a pot of tea served with scones and clotted cream and jams. Both are a wonderful treat and a nice way to spend a relaxing afternoon.

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