First, we headed to Windsor castle. It is said to be the oldest and longest occupied castles in the world. I recognized it from an old Hamlet film, but can't recall which one. I'm sure they have had some parts of it used in films. I hadn't realized that there was a fairly large town surrounding the castle as well as many shopping stores, and a highly regarded Oxford University near by. It was great to have a tour inside the castle and see all the richly decorated rooms in velvets & gold. The drawing gallery of various royals who were artists. The history of the castle was pretty amazing to hear about William the Conqueror, and the fortified structure on a site above the River Thames. This was the second place where they were very serious about NO photographs of any kind within the building. I was pretty sad that I couldn't take any of the beautiful architecture, crown molding, interior decor, shiny armor, and some of the amazing artwork. Also, I was hoping to be able to go on top the big tower that this castle which it is also known for but it was closed...
into the field. I just wanted to feel free from everything and everyone.
It was a pretty epic feeling to see what is left of the ring of stones at this site. I have only ever felt this insignificant, (in comparison of age) in awe, a few times in my life, and this was one of them. Did I feel tired or weird? No. I felt alive! So happy to be here and get this experience! I took many pictures of the Stonehenge, some with myself (I had help from a few nice neighbors), and a few of my traveling tea cup, (from my art installation). I will say this again... I felt so alive and happy! Kind of like a kid in a park. We only had 1.5 hours here, and it was certainly not long enough. I walked around the perimeter of the main path, and saw other trails up and around hills that I wanted to go take, but knew that there wasn't enough time. So instead, I soaked it up as long as possible... followed by a quick look at the store for a keepsake.
Would I go back to these places again? Oh yes! Although my favorites were Stonehenge and Bath. After the long day, my head hit the pillow about 14 hours later. Exhausted and happy. :)