Leeds Castle-- not in Leeds, but suuuper cool!

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White peacock!
As part of the Arcadia/Nikki/Kent-area adventure, we went to Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle is AWESOME. If you are in England for a while, you should make your way up there. Also, it is not in Leeds. I KNOW. Dumb. It's in Kent. Just accept it.

I was very tired today, and we'd just been to Canterbury, so I was a little delirious, but I found all the little bits of energy I had left when I saw friggn PEACOCKS running around outside!!! Seriously, they were ALLLLL over the place!!! They had both the colored ones and the white ones and they were sooooo neat... wow, how five years old was that... HMMM, anyway, we had to walk down this trail along a lake to get to the castle itself from the car park.
AHH!
Because the castle is located in the middle of a spread of very green grass, the lake I just mentioned, and other castle-grounds-type surroundings, it looks pretty majestic. We had to rush through the castle itself because the trip planning people didn't block in enough time for us here, but I didn't mind. The inside is very much like any other castle you'll see-- tons of rooms decorated to look like how they did back in the day. Behind the castle is where all the cool stuff is. There's a huuuuge aviary (someone show Connor all the bird pictures, because I took them for him!) with sullen looking (I have an issue with zoos) birds from all over the world. That explained the peacocks everywhere. And the black swans in the pond. Hmm. Akin to Cari's blog about Leed's Castle, the hedge maze and grotto are the best part.
Peacocks on the roof
The maze is tricky for about ten minutes. It does freak you out for a minute though, when the thought that maybe you won't be able to find your way out passes through your mind. After you finish the maze, though, you end up at the top of this mound, which is also where the stairwell to the grotto is. I didn't really know what a grotto was. I just heard it was cool. The internet dictionary tells me the following: a small cave (usually with attractive features). That sounds pretty right on. This place was, as my friend Greg would say, WICKED cool. It was this underground cave covered in shells in different designs with statues, and, according to this card thing we picked up, everything in there is symbolic of the elements and stuff like that (very eloquent, I know... after taking a break from writing these, I seem to have lost any grasp on rhetoric I may have had before). Anyway, it was really cool, and I made Nikki go back through it with me because it was so cool. When I have a house someday, I think I will have a grotto.

Verdict: Leeds Castle is cooler than Canterbury.
bigmac says:
Re-reading my comment, I guess it did come across as being snippy but it wasn't meant to be - just meant to present the facts.
I spend 6 months a year in America and have more US friends than UK ones and would never use the phrase 'stupid American'.
I'd also say that the vast majority of UK people wonder why this castle is called Leeds Castle and I did too - until I actually drove there and saw the Leeds village sign myself.

No insult was intended and I'm really sorry if you took it that way.
Posted on: Mar 18, 2007
Maureenie says:
Oh wow, sorry to offend you with my apparently bad sense of humor... Being a stupid American, when I think of Leeds, I think of the city Leeds, and this is therefore confusing and misleading to people like me, especially when I'm worrying about whether I'm sitting on a four hour drive versus an hour and a half drive.
Posted on: Mar 04, 2007
bigmac says:
"Leeds Castle is AWESOME. If you are in England for a while, you should make your way up there. Also, it is not in Leeds. I KNOW. Dumb. It's in Kent. Just accept it. "

Actually it IS beside Leeds........the village of Leeds. Just because there is a much larger and thus more famous place called Leeds in the UK, doesn't mean this castle shouldn't be named after the village closest to it.
Posted on: Mar 04, 2007
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White peacock!
White peacock!
AHH!
AHH!
Peacocks on the roof
Peacocks on the roof
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More peacocks on the roof
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It was totally standing here show…
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The lake
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Dun dun DUN. Leeds Castle, moat a…
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Busts of royals inside the castle
Busts of royals inside the castle
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View from inside
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Black swan
Black swan
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Castle gardens (mostly hibernating)
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