Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Last weekend, Marco and I went to Warwick to visit the Castle, which is the English version of Disneyland and is similarly infested with young children becoming enamoured of cheap plastic toys. Except instead of Mickey Mouse ears, they're wearing helmets and shields and swinging shiny swords around. The generally campy atmosphere of the castle can't compete with the beauty of the surrounding 60 acres, though, and that's where I took most of my photos. I've summarized most of our journey in the image captions in the gallery below [35 photos]. The only thing that's missing is our brief stop for tea at a place called The Poacher's Den and aside from the name, it wasn't that exciting.
Marco's family was supposed to be with us this weekend, but due to several consecutive flight cancellations, their already brief trip was shortened to the point where they would have spent more time on the plane than in the city. It's a shame because the weather has been absolutely gorgeous since Friday, but it's also kind of not because it means I've been able to spend most of it outside drinking. Also, today we're going to the London Zoo to touch monkeys with kittenhotep, and I have promised to touch one especially in honor of opheliablue's birthday.
Nifty stuff, that. I love that you guys are finding so much time to explore and travel.
Why do so many buildings in England have those same modern blue clocks on 'em?? Did the gov't buy them in bulk? Were they an art project by one of those pesky prince-boys?
I don't know! Personally, I suspect Margaret Thatcher.
2005-04-03 14:26 (UTC)
fantastic photos & i want to touch monkeys as well!
The monkeys were a little skittish, probably because of the hordes of small children shrieking over them. We couldn't touch them (the monkeys, that is), although we got quite close.
The best surprise was the otter kits. They had just been fed when we went by their enclosure and they were total show-offs for the crowd.
those are lovely-
i like the broken down bridge shot especially.
have fun with the monkeys!
I would have liked to walk around near the bridge, but it was inaccessible except by boat. We saw some people in a canoe rowing down the river. I think I would like to do that when we visit Stratford-upon-Avon.
Beautiful photos. I guess I haven't been to as many exciting places as you have :( Eventually I'll get around to it.
Well, you haven't been here for very long yet. And you're working, too, which makes it more difficult to plan these things in advance. Warwick (2 hr train ride one way) and Windsor (1 hr train ride one way) are both easy day trips, so you can go there on a weekend and not have to worry about staying overnight. :-)
Thanks a good idea, I can try those. If you are ever doing any day trips on a weekend, you can probably let me know because I would like the company too :-)
Mmmmmmmmonkeys. Hope you enjoyed the monkey touching.
Enjoyed the pictures, and the commentary in the notes beneath them, as always. The one with the swan feather confused me momentarily. I was so distracted by the reflection of the sky in the water that I couldn't tell what anything else in the picture was until I went back to look at it later (just now).
No monkey touching, sadly. Lots of monkey staring though. And baring of teeth, and munching of biscuits, on both sides.
I couldn't determine if the feather photo was good, bad, or just confusing. Eventually I decided what the hell, I liked it, so I put it up.