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September 06, 2011

Romance/Getaway Series - Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle

Recently my husband and I had a chance to visit various locations in Europe, and we started with London. London has become quite a popular place since the royal wedding this past April, and seeing as this was part of the Romance and Getaway series I thought that London was a great place to begin!

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.

From July 23 through October 3, 2011 they have a special exhibit dedicated to the Royal Wedding of Kate and William. The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, is on display, as well as her jewelry, shoes, Halo Tiara and their wedding cake. The Duchess chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Her Royal Highness worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.

The palace is a very spectacular place to visit. It's where the Royal Family spends their time, and you get a taste of what it's like to spend a day in their shoes. I loved the brilliance of the palace and would enjoy staying there for a day or two, but I couldn't see living there. I live in a small cozy home, so I can't imagine calling a large, gold adorned house my home, but it is for the Royal Family.
...And while in London you can't miss the Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people.
 
Of all the places we visited in England, Windsor Castle was, by far, my favorite. I had only been to one other castle in the past, Gillette Castle, and there was no comparison. Gillette Castle looked like an apartment compared to Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle, with it's beautiful architecture, decorative doors, windows, archways, as well as the exquisitely manicured lawn and gardens could keep me occupied for days. If you enjoy photography, architecture or horticulture you will LOVE Windsor Castle. I think that this is one place that you don't want to miss!

 And of course, what is a trip to London, without a photo with the guards? The photo on the left is with the guard at Windsor Castle. They are not allowed to talk, smile etc, but they will stands there while you snap a photo. :)

Our time in London was wonderful. We had a chance to see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey (where the royal weddings take place), Big Ben, Windsor Castle (outside of London city), St Paul's Cathedral, London Eye and more. While the cooler temperatures may keep some people away, it was a nice break from our 90 degree PA weather, and perfect for doing a little sight-seeing!

disclaimer: tickets provided for this review

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