Our day began with a bus tour including a few stops with expert local guide Stuart. We saw some of the major sites in London, including the Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
In the afternoon, we visited Windsor Castle. A lot of it was spent inside the castle, where taking photos is not allowed. The walk-through featured Queen Mary’s doll house, an enormous structure. It’s beautifully decorated in every detail, including electric lights, functioning plumbing and a miniature wine cellar filled with tiny bottles of vintage wine.
The State Rooms were very elaborate and opulent. Silk-covered walls in many cases, portraits, and one of several dining rooms gorgeously set for Christmas dinner. State bedrooms, audience rooms, a ball room—it goes on and on! Many parts of the State Rooms were decorated for Christmas; I counted no less than three enormous and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Wreaths hung from outdoor light fixtures. Some stair rails were wound with garland. It was so hard not to reach for the camera!
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