Monday, November 4, 2019

Day 6: Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle was a gamble. We visited Warwick Castle only 2 days earlier, but Alnwick is where they filmed scenes from both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Downton Abbey. I was stoked. It turns out that my family loves castles! Everyone was happy exploring and participating in the different activities. Did I get any pictures of the front of the castle? Nope. Whoops. 

The Dragon Lair was exciting for all. 

Only 1 refused to dress up. ;)

He still wanted to be included in the group photo.

Pearl got to be the wind in a performance.

Then, we were off to broomstick flying lessons. It was as hilarious as you might expect.

Day 5 - Cambridge

Oh, Cambridge!I envisioned my family punting down the river, admiring the colleges, and drinking Pim's. Well, at least I would be drinking Pim's. I have such good memories of doing this with my family. Well, there were moments of relaxation, just a little too far and few between children fighting about who got to punt. All 4 kids wanted to try it and although we let Vera and Keller try it, it was kind of a disaster. Everyone wanted to row with the 1 oar provided and sit in the exact same seat. 

Cambridge is also where I realized how loud our family is compared to others and how comfortable my children feel yelling at each other in public. One child spent 20 minutes with his sweatshirt over his head. Ha. Well, it was an adventure and the pictures are beautiful.

This is the window that J almost broke! 

The candy was a HUGE hit. Who would know? ;)

We had to do it!

So tempted to buy Vera the entire outfit, but stuffing a petticoat and puffy dress into our suitcases wasn't meant to happen. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Day 4 - Warwick Castle

My family lived in England when I was in high school and one of my best memories is visiting Warwick Castle. I had to recreate with my kids. It is the Disneyland of castles with shows and tours. It was one of the best days of our trip, the kids all had a great time and their was something for all of the different ages, a rarity when traveling. 

Vera was a great big sis and sat through the princess mystery game with Pearl. 

The jousting show was a HUGE hit with everyone. 

Sword fighting lessons went over well with Pearl and Gus. Gus was more of a casual style fighter.

Quest, the birds of prey show, is new since I was here last. It is impressive. 

The only down spot we had during the day was a the catapult talk. Gus was chosen as a volunteer and he really, really didn't get the British sarcasm that was used as comedy. It took a few minutes to recover and then he was having a great time again.