After leaving the Guildhall, Hester and I took a leisurely stroll down to the Thames and stood on the bridge.
"One day I'm going to come back and take the boat ride," I sighed.
"You've never done the boat?" Hester asked.
"No. I never have the time. There's always somewhere to rush off to see."
"Speaking of which," Hester said, looking at her watch, "we'd better get ourselves some lunch before it's time for the kitchen tour at the Castle."
So off we went and found ourselves a nearby restaurant, where we ordered tomato basil soup accompanied by warm bread with lashings of butter and two lattes. I can't recall exactly what Hester and I discussed over the meal, though it had something to do with conducting research at the Royal Archives, the families (ours, rather than Royal) and other odds and ends. Afterwards, we made our way to the Castle.
"Tell me the truth," I said to Hester as we made our way to the entrance, "are you heartily sick of my dragging you to the Castle? It seems like I make you do it every time I visit."
"But I've never seen the kitchens," she said. "I'm really looking forward to it."
We arrived early enough for us to visit the gift shop.
I was on the hunt for a Golden Jubilee item to add to my collection and there wasn't a shortage of items on offer. Which should I choose? Hhhmmmm. Before I could decide, it was time for the Kitchen Tour, so Hester and I made our way over to the meeting point.
The copper cookware you see in the photo above all bear the cypher of King George IV and the cast iron stoves installed by Prince Albert are still in place, though now rarely used. The kitchens were deserted when we tour them, the photo below being one I swiped off the internet, as photography was not allowed.
As stated above, the tour also included halls and passages that are rarely on show, so that we found ourselves walking through stone corridors that appeared untouched since at least the Georgian era. It was a rare insight into this magnificent building.
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