Let's not talk about how I've now had this cold for a week and a half (it's going away, but yesterday I got out of breath walking to the car and opening the garage and it wasn't that cold). Let's instead talk about the interesting, fun things I did when I wasn't ill.
We spent one day at Windsor Castle. The station had a huge Patisserie Valerie, where I had a very nice gluten free chocolate muffin. And at lunch we went to a burger place that have a gluten free menu. I had to get the chips off the ordinary menu, but the bun was definitely gluten free: it was very dry and fell apart. But still, it was quite exciting to have a burger in a bun when out.
On the non-food front... It was quite expensive, but you could get your ticket stamped and use it to come back again within a year. We found they do tours of other bits in the summer, so we'll try and do that (and get our money's worth!). We weren't allowed to take photos indoors, so spent quite a bit of money in the shop on postcards instead. The state rooms were pretty typical really. They were interesting, but I've seen quite a few. The best room was one that was filled with weapons. There was an amazing sword in one cabinet. The sword itself was wavy and the handle was white and completely impossible to hold. It depicted a small scene with a person and a horse and there were no straight bits. They did say on the multimedia tour (which was free at least) that those weapons were just for display. I wish I could have taken a photo of it - and of course it isn't on a postcard because most people wouldn't be that interested.
There was a doll's house that was amazing. It was never designed to be played with and it was a replica of a posh house of the time. You could walk round all four sides. The front had a garden and the back had the cars parked underneath.
And then there was the chapel, which had an amazing ceiling. They put an angled mirror on a table, so you could look at it without having to crane your neck. So that was a good day.
We had another day in Oxford. We did a Bodleian Library tour, which was really interesting. I didn't know that the copyright law means that every book printed goes to the Bodleian (or Swindon, since they've run out of space). I had an idea that they had every book, but I didn't know that mean every book. And magazine. Even digital books (which at least don't take up so much space). And they burnt a lot of books when Henry VIII decided not to be Catholic any more. The best part was finally finding out why the Radcliffe Camera is called a camera, when it's a (round) building. Turns out camera is Latin for room. So there you go.
After that we went to the Castle. Which is less castley than Windsor and also a jail until really recently. I want to say that I wouldn't want to be in jail in an old castle (nice to visit, but a bit cold) but then I wouldn't want to be in jail to start with. The shop was a bit disappointing, but the tour was very good. And I hadn't considered before that spiral staircases go round the direction they do because invading armies going upstairs don't have space for their swords (since they were all (forced to be) right handed).
Although it was warmer this week, at least it didn't rain, which was something.
Mirrored from my blog.