Our last day with the car was spent travelling to nearby Windsor to see the Castle. This is a large complex sitting atop the only hill in the vicinity. From there you can look down on the playing fields of Eton. The castle itself evolved over the centuries, like most others. I have mostly negative opinions about the place so I’ll keep those to myself, but a large part of it comes from the prohibition of photography. St George’s Chapel was quite interesting. Henry VIII did a lot of work on it, including an elaborately-decorated ceiling. He and a few other monarchs are interred in the tombs below the Quire where there is a tablet in the floor.
me and Kate
using traditional wooden rakes!!!
All the walking and warm weather tuckered us out so we decided to hand the car back a little early. Good thing we did as the rental car drop-off lot was rather difficult to find. The signage for this function at the airport was quite inadequate. The rental company ferried us to Terminal 5 where we took the fast Heathrow Express to Paddington Station (we had been there 3 years ago when visiting the Pangbourne friends). We had expected a long and expensive taxi ride to the hotel, but it was only a few minutes away so gratifyingly cheap.
Our worst fears were realised when we pulled up outside – it was exactly the same kind of place we had stayed at in 2011. Fortunately the room was marginally larger than back then, so we can manage.