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Can you imagine living here (Windsor Castle)???  It totally awes my mind!  It's like make-believe.  A thousand-year-old fortress transformed into a royal palace!

This was where we bought a castle sticker book for grandson Nicholas (6-1/2).  And a black t-shirt with a knight's helmet in silver that glows in the dark (which he wore all day and in the woods with me two Sundays ago). 

It definitiely looks like a castle, doesn't it.  The largest inhabited castle in the world. 



Home Away from Home

Can you imagine living here (Windsor Castle)???  It totally awes my mind!  It's like make-believe.  A thousand-year-old fortress transformed into a royal palace!

This was where we bought a castle sticker book for grandson Nicholas (6-1/2).  And a black t-shirt with a knight's helmet in silver that glows in the dark (which he wore all day and in the woods with me two Sundays ago). 

It definitiely looks like a castle, doesn't it.  The largest inhabited castle in the world. 



comments (13)

  • Robs
  • 24 Mar 2007, 05:48
That's one of my favorites of this series Ginnie! It's almost black & white, but is it really, or not?
Ginnie Hart: It was in color when I took it, Rob, and I converted it with just a hint of sepia. Glad you like it. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 24 Mar 2007, 11:22
It's so gorgeous, but for some reason Monty Python keeps coming to mind. smile I've just loved these photos of the castle, and I agree with Robs this one is great for seeing so much of it. And there's so much more! I've seen aerial photos, and it's just mind boggling. Isn't it like half a million square feet or something? I'd guess they live in a small "wing." Unless Phillip is particularly pesky and has to sleep on the couch as far as possible. Sorry, don't mean to be disrespectful. Didn't you love James Cromwell as the Prince Consort in "The Queen"?
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Ruth, I did take pics of the residential part of the castle which is off-limits to tourists, of course. I don't have one queued for this series but maybe I'll show one later. It really is a ginormous place--a world unto its own, for sure.

And yes, James Cromwell was perfect for his role in "The Queen." (Yay for Helen Mirren once again!)
  • chris p
  • where the clocks change to summer!
  • 24 Mar 2007, 13:02
As Ruth said about Monty Python - the Knight's that go Ni - are lurking in there somewhere wink Its some structure Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll have to remember that if ever I return! smile
It does seem implausible that someone actually lives in there. I like the processing. If fits well with the old masonry.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Martin. Glad you're back safe-n-sound. We all look forward to pics from Japan!
I couldn't imagine living in such a large castle at all. Even to look at it's size is so different than the castles of Switzerland. I thought Chillon was large and I think this is gigantic in comparison...

Love the tones in the brick.
Ginnie Hart: It really IS large, Jen. It's not just one building, for one thing. It goes on and on! Thanks for your comment.
As a kid I used to build castles like this with lego.
OK, not quite like this. smile
Then i dreamt about dragons and stuff all night.
That's a great picture by the way smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Magnus. I wonder sometimes what all is in Nichoas' dreams! smile
It's awesome . The history is also very interesting. It is something for the Windsor's to be proud of.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, yes, indeed, Shakara!
  • Ellie
  • 24 Mar 2007, 23:12
I can't imagine having to live somewhere because of my job, I can't imagine having to live in a house that my ancestors lived in and I can't imagine having to move to a different place depending on the day of the week, whether I like it or not. Nor can I imagine the lack of privacy of the Royals.

That said, I wouldn't mind spending a night here, it would be a truly wonderful experience, but afterwards I'd like to go home to the place we've chosen to live in.

The picture? Well, I've said it before Ginnie, all your pictures of Windsor Castle have been extremely good and have had the most fabulous detail. This one's no exception, and I like the way the trees are getting in on the act. wink
Ginnie Hart: I understand what you're saying, Ellie. It all sounds so idyllic but I imaguine the weight of the world is on their shoulders. I, for one, would not want all that stress in whatever home! Of the two places, Buckingham and Windsor, I wonder which feels most like home to the Queen?!

Thank you, Ellie, for your kind words about this series. I really appreciate them.
  • Ted Roth
  • 25 Mar 2007, 00:37
Great to see your photo. Windsor was one of the few sites we didn't see when we toured England. We did thoroughly enjoy Hampton Court of "Rape of the Lock" fame - highly recommended. Included is the oldest tennis court in the world and a terrific garden maze.
Ginnie Hart: We didn't see it our first trip either, Ted, because it was the week of the Queen Mum's funeral. So this time we were glad we could make it. It's definitely worth the trip if you ever go back!

Specially thanks for your comment! Enjoy P-Town for us!!!
Windsor is a really impressive castle - As I see no flag it means she's gone ?
Ginnie Hart: Since it was the same day, Zeb, I think it's too low for us to see it on this side. I was wondering the same thing, tho'.
Nice composition Ginnie - like it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
I can't even imagine living here. Especially being a Californian where practically everything was built post 1940s. The more I look at your photos, the more desires I have to journey there.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Mad! That's why I love European architecture. My wish for you is that you CAN journey there!
Hi
I used to live in windsor and drive every day to slough. As you travel along the relief road the Castle dominates the view. My wife comes from slough and her grandfather was a train driver on the line between slough and Windsor. I'm glad you have enjoyed somewhere I have happy memories of, and still enjoy visiting

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