Saturday, May 6, 2017

Arundel

Sunny days mean exploring in England. I have a list of places we are working through. Assia had mention the the castle in Arundel so we decided to try it out. Of course, Michaela wanted to know if this was the same castle where Elsa and Anna lived.  Made me smile.

A bit of history from wikipedia:
Arundel Castle is a restored and remodelled medieval castle in ArundelWest Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1068.[1] Roger became the first to hold the earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.[2]
From the 11th century, the castle has served as a home and has been in the ownership of the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. It is the principal seat of the Norfolk family

This was perhaps one of the best castles we have seen. One of the kids put it this way, "this is what a castle is supposed to look like.  There was a chapel on grounds, that was more like a mausoleum to me, gardens where the tulips were in bloom, gardens where vegetables were grown for the family that still lives there. There was even a section of the castle that was original that we climbed up and inside they had narration going on of how they defended the castle, how cold it got, different types of ammunition they used. It was an enjoyable day out.



Token climbing picture. If there are stairs to be found, the kids are climbing. 


The chapel in the background.

Enjoying the garden.
 In the garden was a cool section of trees that would make a GREAT hideout if you lived there. The kids enjoyed not only hiding in this section, but climbing the trees.



Somedays I can't believe that Michaela is almost 7.  Other days I look in the backseat and see her asleep with her lovie and I remember that she is still very little.


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