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Features > London/Aldbury, UK (Feb 2007) > Madrid, Aldbury, and Windsor Castle


I traveled to Madrid, Spain for work briefly then up to London where I decided to visit Windsor Castle to see how the royals live. I also got to catch up with my friend Tom from GE who lives in Aldbury outside London.


Arriving in Madrid at Bajaras Airport - it is a very new airport, and large
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This nice fruit basket was waiting for me in my (small) hotel room in Madrid. Unfortunately I wasn't the intended recipient (Attn: Sr. Monti). Based upon the size of my room, I doubt it was the EU trustbuster Mario Monti.
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The meeting was larger than the GE Healthcare offices would permit, so we met at the GE Corporate offices in Madrid, which were right next to a Fast Good (as close as it gets to MacDonalds for the true Spaniards - quality food but fast!). The Spanish are VERY interested in living life well, you can see more of how Fast Good tries to fit into that on their website.
I know, more than you wanted to know about Fast Good...but it's not just the monuments that speak to a culture...
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John and David from GE Healthcare UK on the train to the terminal back at the airport
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Yes, Bajaras is a BIG airport, with plenty of space like these empty terminals (at least on this day)
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What a nice control tower (lots of cameras too)
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The wing of an aircraft and the land around the airport
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The city of London - you can see the Thames river running to the lower left of the picture and a sideways view of the London Eye about 1/3rd up the photo on the far left
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Passing over a roadway as we land
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What fun - a trip to Cardiff in Wales, UK. Here you can see along the way to the southwest to Cardiff from London are speed cameras, cows, construction, and lorries
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Crossing the Second Severn Crossing
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There has been a bridge over the Thames at Marlow since the 1300s and the current one, a suspension bridge, was designed by William Tierney Clark in 1832
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I'd say this hotel really isn't "compleat" without some more space for the "p"
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Back in my hotel in good old Harrow-on-the-Hill you can see how green the UK is - plants growing IN the roof
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Yon is Windsor Bridge!
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And for those of you not speaking Olde English, this is also the Windsor Bridge. It was freed from tolls in 1898 (although I think they still have a troll problem...) but perhaps due to lack of profit on the bridge they closed it to vehicles in 1970.
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It's Tom - and being an important GE employee he's on his mobile phone
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Good news - Windsor Bridge is NOT falling down
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A glance of the castle
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Queen Victoria looking quite Victorian
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People enjoying a mild-ish February day in front of Windsor Castle
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I wonder if the queen minds the impostor just outside her grounds?
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Tom somehow used my camera to take this photo of me...
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I'm not sure if the moat is educated in this room or people are "educated" by being thrown in the moat - either way it's not pretty inside there
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It IS pretty inside there below the walls mere mortals are allowed to trod upon is a wonderfully kept garden
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(Left to Right) St. George's Chapel, the round tower, and the Horseshoe Cloister
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I think they need an underground parking garage for this place...or palace...or castle...
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St. George's Chapel - Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, it is a nice building (although somewhat inconsistent in the presentation/preservation and no photos allowed inside) IMG_9435


The Royal Standard of England
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A guard along The Quadrangle
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Energy efficient bulbs in this lamp
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A guard (?) looks quizacly at a tourist making a pose
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Queen Victoria looking over Windsor
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