We're in Windsor Castle again today, for the last time this visit.
Walking past St Georges Chapel, the sun is trying to force its way through the clouds. As you look up, you can't help but notice the gargoyles staring back down.
Students of the City and Guilds of London Art School have recently designed modern replacements for the perished gargoyles on the Chapel so you can spot a different type of gargoyle these days made from Syreford stone from the Cotswolds. The dean had the final say on which designs were accepted!
My previous post had a few more grotesques for you to see although there are plenty more in photographed.
We pass by the Castle and its planted moat, through the archway with views over Eton College Chapel, to the door to the State Apartments. I'm leaving Queen Mary's dolls house til next time.
Sadly, you aren't permitted to take photos inside but here's the Official YouTube video to give you an idea of the sumptuousness.
Being home to 39 monarchs, the apartments have changed over the years. Charles II tried to outdo his French cousin Louis XIV with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and ceilings by Antonio Verrio. The vast Waterloo chamber was added by George IV on the defeat of Napoleon. There are numerous works of art from the Royal Collection and the rebuilding of St Georges Hall following the fire is breathtaking.
There is so much to admire and ponder over on the way round, from a flamboyant bed built for George IV but recovered in colours of Napoleon III when he visited, to the table des grandes capitaines, delicately carved, to fabulous china and paintings.
You'll just have to visit yourself when you are nearby. I might even go back again myself!
Thanks for calling in.
Have a good week.