We chose to finish the cruise with another shore excursion that would take us into Heathrow on our way to London. Following a 5am rise we boarded our coach which drove through peak hour traffic to Windsor Castle for a guided tour.
What a spectacular venue! We saw the Royal Apartments with their walls and furnishings of gold, the most amazing to-scale dollhouse complete with electricity and running water and St George’s Chapel beneath which lies the bodies of Henry VIII and Anne Seymour. We also witnessed the Changing of the Guard. And, as indicated by the flag flying atop the tower, Her Majesty was in residence. Unfortunately no photographs are permitted inside the buildings so you'll have to use your imagination.
Overwhelmed by the opulence we retreated to the Café Rouge across the road and enjoyed our first good cup of tea in weeks whilst munching on Escargot – the pastry variety of course.
Into Heathrow we drove and then caught an express train to Paddington Station, changed for Kings Cross/St Pancras Station and walked the five minutes to our hotel. A drink in O’Neill’s, an Irish Pub, and dinner in Thyme, the Hotel’s restaurant, completed our evening.
At the Windsor Train Station
The Moat, which never held water
St Pancras Railway Station, London