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On the first leg of my recent trip to Dubai, I stopped over at London’s Heathrow International Airport for nearly 10 hours & rather than waiting idly, I decided to be adventurous. After looking over last-minute options via iPad while my plane was being taxied our to gate, I decided on visiting Windsor Castle in the nearby county of Berkshire. It all looked simple enough – convert some of my USD into British Pounds, find out where I needed to catch my bus & I’d be on my way!

As it turned out, it was a LOT colder in the United Kingdom than I had anticipated & wandering around Windsor in near-freezing temperatures for over 6 hours in just my trusty Stanford hoodie was not my brightest decision, quickly worsening pre-existing cold symptoms & bringing on quite the fever before I even arrived at my main destination. That said, I’m glad I had the opportunity to see a bit of England on a beautiful (but chilly) day, taking in some of the impressive history at the Windsor Castle before continuing to Dubai.

Equipment List: Canon EOS 1D X + Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II


About Windsor of Berkshire & Windsor Castle

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family & for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by succeeding monarchs & it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The castle’s lavish, early 19th-century State Apartments are architecturally significant, described by art historian Hugh Roberts as “a superb & unrivalled sequence of rooms widely regarded as the finest & most complete expression of later Georgian taste”. The castle includes the 15th-century St George’s Chapel, considered by historian John Robinson to be “one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic” design. Today, more than five hundred people live & work in Windsor Castle, still a venue for hosting state visits as well as Elizabeth II’s preferred weekend home.

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