Sunday, April 15, 2012

Downton Abbey! ...and Stone Henge

Thursday was my favorite day of our trip thus far. Heath and I ventured out on our own to see our most anticipated sight, Downton Abbey! The estate is actually called Highclere Castle and is owned by the 8th Lord and Lady Carvarnon. Look how lovely!

We weren't allowed to take photos inside the house, so I can't show you the beautiful rooms, but they are exactly as they appear in the series- furniture and all. We first entered the Library with the original desk used by Lord Carvarnon and Lord Grantham! Then the amazing dining room with a 13 leaf dining table. Indeed this is "not Toad of Toad Hall, Edith." Granny was right on many accounts. We even saw Mr. Pamuk's room- very scandalous.

This gorgeous house and the grounds are simply wonderful - its actually set high up in the hills surrounded by green fields with sheep and pheasants. The exotic trees where they wander on walks and have liaisons are all there- perfectly as you imagine. We wandered all over saying snide comments and calling each other Edith and Matthew and Granny. It was so lovely. I want to go back!

After finally being forced to leave Downton- much like the Duke - we struck out for Stone Henge. What an amazing place. We arrived just after a torrential downpour and look at the colors!

Every step gave us a new view of the henge. It was an incredible experience - very humbling to see the work of ancient people who built this incredible edifice without the heavy equipment we have today. Completely awe inspiring.
That night we had a lovely dinner in the small town of Salisbury and a good night's sleep at the Red Lion.

We wondered if our friend Michele felt the same way keeping two extra children for the day and night. The boys had a great time hanging out with their friends and we are so appreciative of the Gardner's hospitality. They are truly wonderful friends.

A wonderful day in the English Countryside

Location:Warwick Rd,Stratford-upon-Avon,United Kingdom

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