We went to Highclere Castle today with the class. The fellowship paid for our admission price as well as coach to and from the University of Surrey. Pictures can’t quite capture the beauty and detail of this castle. I am smitten with Britain!
So here are some photos. I will be blogging in more detail about this trip later. For now, I am soaking up each moment.
In the gardens at Highclere. I asked Peter and Evelyn who the statue was and Peter replied, “King Kinut.” And I said, “Who is that?” He said,, “The chap that held the sea back.” I laughed and said, “I’ll never hear that description of in America.” But another teacher in the group said it was actually a statue of something else. For the record, I believe my Brits! What I really loved about going around the castle tour (inside) with Peter and Evelyn was how they annedocted their own culture’s history. I watched as they stood facing two uncaptioned photos in the great hall upstairs at Downton (I mean Highclere) and bantered back and forth about the Countess who owned the property, hypothesizing that the photo was in fact of Diana. Or they mentioned how they saw Charles’ nose in the photo of the young girl. It was lost on me, but I gather they thought that it was a picture of the Countess. I really liked watching the Brits walk around inside the castle. Sure, there were plenty of Americans on the tour but there were so many people from England. I wish I had more time to talk to more people. But I have very good luck meeting the people I am supposed to meet and I was supposed to meet Evelyn and Peter.