Saturday, 22 June 2013

A Truly English Day

Yesterday I woke up to a breakfast of beans on toast and a fresh cup of tea. Very sweet and very British! Although I am still not a particular fan of tea, I have to admit that it is growing on me...I think I am converting! haha

After breakfast we took a bus into the city of Warwick (the bus was bad, but not nearly as bad as last time). The city itself is so quaint and adorable with the cobblestone roads and the family run businesses that line the street. It is a shame that a lot of places like this one have lost their charm to universal fast food chains like Starbucks and McDonalds because the family run shops are what give the city character.

Then we made our way to Warwick Castle. This was my first castle that I have ever been to, so I was pretty excited if you can imagine. Yeah Ontario has one...but I have never been to it because it is mainly a casino and seriously lacks the history that the English castles possess.

We paid 20 quid for the basic castle entrance and grounds (which is still pricey but well worth it). A tip to keep in mind if you ver plan on visiting Warwick castle is that buying online is cheaper (you save almost 5 quid in VAD - value added tax), check online for coupons or discounts (my friend forgot ours at home so it didn't really work in our favour but there are discounts out there, you just have to look),  and if you are buying at the gate just get a regular castle entrance. They make it seem like you need to buy the package for 8 quid more in order to have the full experience, but DON'T do it! You can get into pretty much everything except the special exhibits without a package because they don't check your pass.

The grounds and the castle itself were gorgeous! The view from the castle towers and ramparts were stunning and literally took my breath away (and if the views don't do that to you, the walk up all those narrow steps will!).

We didn't get to watch the jousting but we saw the end of the bird show, which was stupid because birds suck. Okay...except for this one because he just looked incredible confused and loveable.

And look how bloody creepy a vulture looks like! The Lion King was not lion to me (ha! okay that was cheesy I'll stop). This guy was eyeing me as if I was going to drop dead at any second and be his next meal. It was a bit unsettling.

We took a bunch of pictures being complete idiots (mostly me) trying to interact with the wax statues because I am five and cool and stop judging me.

Here is a picture of me with the only peacock we found on the grounds...apparently there was supposed to be more but they were off sleeping in a corner or something. I look upset in this picture for some reason...not too sure why. This was taken before I chased it away...because like I said, I'm five.

At 5pm the castle was shutting down, so we made our way to the mill garden, a not so secret garden that is difficult to get to because it is not right beside the castle. This turned out to be a good thing because it wasn't tourist ridden.

We originally saw the garden from on top of the castle tower, and seeing how peaceful it looked, we decided to go there after we left the castle. It was honestly breathtaking. I can try to describe you it's beauty and show you a few photos, but you seriously need to see it to believe it. The atmosphere and the view was just pure bliss. 

I felt that any sort of noise would disrupt the peace so we sat in the garden for an hour without saying a word to each other. It was far from anything I have ever experienced before. It was only 2 pounds to enter and all the money goes to charity, which I felt was more than worth it. Believe me when I say that this is somewhere you need to visit at least once in your life.

After we left the garden we headed back to the main streets and got ourselves some genuine British fish and chips. Holy! These were phenomenal! The ones back home do not even come close to the ones in England. Apparently cod is a better choice than haddock and I would have to agree. They were more flavourful and just genuinely awesome. 

A solid end to a great day.

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