A very good Monday morning to you! Last weekend was a half and half weekend, a great Saturday with record high temps and then a deluge on Sunday. At least the Queen ordered up a perfect day for a “Royal Wedding”.

Watching highlights from the wedding brought back very fond memories of my 2013 trip to Europe that included a weeklong stay in the United Kingdom where I split my time between Norwich and Windsor. The highlight of my trip was truly spending time with my dear friends, Gill Moppett and Barry Moppett who graciously agreed to be my tour guides. Without them my visit and my photographic journey would not have been so successful or so enjoyable.

As was well publicized, Windsor Castle is the royal residence where the Queen resides when she stays in the English county of Berkshire. During my visit to Windsor I was able to catch the changing of the Guard on the very street that Harry and Meghan took their wedding carriage ride as husband and wife through the city.

While watching the wedding it brought back fond memories as I remembered having walked many of those very streets and photographed many of majestic sites that they were showing. My hotel was within walking distance of Windsor Castle. As I stood in awe of my surroundings I could not help but think what it must have been like to have lived during that era. William the Conqueror built Windsor Castle in the decade after the Norman conquest of 1066. Inside the castle walls is the 15th-century St George’s Chapel where Meghan and Harry were married.

The carriage ride took them through the city and into Windsor Great Park where thousands awaited their chance to get a glimpse of the newlyweds. The 5,000 acre park was once a private hunting ground for Windsor Castle and dates back to the 13th Century. As they made their way up the 2.65 miles known as the “Long Walk” I was reminded of the couple hours I had spent strolling through the park ending up at Two Brewers pub to down a pint or two reflecting on my trip as it was coming to a close.

I was very thankful for the opportunity to tour Windsor and very grateful for the Royal Wedding that brought back some very fond memories. Cheerio!!!!!!