Okay, so I got a little carried away at Warwick Castle – especially when it came to the birds of prey.  I am enjoying my camera too much, I guess.Warwick Castle has such an interesting, bloody history – and I mean “bloody”.  It was commissioned to be built in 1268 by Edward the Conqueror, became run down over the next few hundred years and then it was awarded to the Earl of Grenville (not sure of spelling) in the 1600’s and he put money into fixing it up.  it stayed in the family until 1978 and then was sold to the Tassaud (sp?  Madame Tassaud’s wax museum) and then recently resold again.  The present owners are actually doing a good job running the place – according to our B & B landlady.  They made it educational and entertaining – if that’s possible.After spending almost 4 hours there ( our landlady said Americans don’t spend as long a day as the Brits there so we were trying to prove her wrong) we got on the road and drove down to Woodstock which is right on the edge of the estate of Blenheim Palace.  Part of the adventure of our almost daily life is finding out what kind of accommodations we will have each night.  This one at Woodstock is the most “interesting”  Run by a couple of gay, Asian kids who went to Oxford (which is 10 minutes away) and never went back home we have a little room in the 3rd floor attic looking over the main street which just happens to be having a street fair until 10:00 pm.  Cute, huh?  I will post some pictures of Woodstock and Blenheim in the next post.

 

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Warwick Castle from the rampartsWarwick Castle from the ramparts
Looking down on Mill street where we were yesterday

Looking down on Mill street where we were yesterday

Looking at St. Mary's church from Warwick Castle

Looking at St. Mary’s church from Warwick Castle

Small, narrow stairs to get up to the ramparts.

Small, narrow stairs to get up to the ramparts.

Beautiful windows in the Great Room

Beautiful windows in the Great Room

Read the following description regarding this buffett

Read the following description regarding this buffet

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Read  the following description of this breastplate

Read the following description of this breastplate

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Read the following description of this armor

Read the following description of this armor

The drawing room.

The drawing room.

Castle chapel

Castle chapel

Porcelein Chandelier

Porcelein Chandelier

I don't know......I just found this funny

I don’t know……I just found this funny

Birds of Prey exhibit

Birds of Prey exhibit

boathouse

boathouse

The Mill

The Mill

The jousting field

The jousting field

The trebuchet machine that sends little bombs over castle walls

The trebuchet machine that sends little bombs over castle walls

Another view of the jousting field

Another view of the jousting field

The original front entrance

The original front entrance

The original front entrance

The original front entrance

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