Castle Howard - North Yorkshire, England
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September 12th, 2002 – by: almond72
York city itself has the York Minster, you can't miss that huge cathedral thing in town. The Tower, overlooking the town/city.
Visited Castle Howard in the countryside of North Yorkshire. It is impressive once you can see the road leading towards the castle itself. Sorry, no pictures - hands on the wheel ! (Unlike somebody else I know - ;P ) It was drizzling during the early & end part of the visit thus limited my picture taking. The interior was something of a throwback to period movies - huge portraits ( glaring down at these tourists !) - 'what are my descendants doing ? , this is so undignified !', lots of heavy curtains and metalware.
I love the sound of shoes on a wooden floor - not so much when at night in the gloom though. Add in a bit of lightning & thunder and you have the settings of a horror movie. I'm surprised that their beds are so small ( short ?), were people then only 5' 5" tall? But it certainly looked comfy enough on a cold day like this. No chance for me to slip under one & hide out ! Too many guides watching over us.
The gardens was lovely, that's the thing about pictures, it can't capture the wind blowing on your face. That somehow adds to the moment. Only you, who took the picture will feel that connection. Maybe professional photographers can - some travbuddies here are good at it.
The garden paths bring you along the lakeside and meander to the 4 Seasons Temple.
There's also lots of statues that line the pathway to the Temple. I would love a garden with stuff like that, not the flamingo statues ( that's too drug lord style ). You will come by a big fountain in the gardens too. Anybody remember the movie ' The Haunting' ?, heh heh, let your bit of imagination do the work. The chilly weather certainly added to the mood.
Ah, Castle Howard - how I regret not taking more photos. Certainly gave me lots of ideas of how I would build my place when I finally become a retired despot / tyrant. (hey- I'm not saying the owners are), :D
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