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Just outside of London: Leed’s Castle

There were a few places just outside of London that I really wanted to see and the easiest way to do it is to arrange for a bus tour. I was very skeptical at first, because the first thing I think of is a super cheesy tour guide and a bunch of tourists. I would prefer to just explore around on my own. But surprisingly this was a great experience. Our tour guide was an older gentlemen who used to be a reporter in several places around the world before he retired in London and then he started doing some tours for fun on the side. A very interesting guy and you could tell he puts his whole heart into the tours he does.

The tour I did consisted of Leeds Castle, Dover, and Canterbury. First stop was Leeds Castle…

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This castle rises from a moat, as it has been for over 900 years…IMG_4370 IMG_4372 IMG_4373 IMG_4374 IMG_4377

The library was built in 1938 with the oldest book still in its collection called ‘Arcadia’ from 1638. The library was completed right before the 2nd world war so the shelves were boarded up for protection. This room was used as a hospital room during that time and the Lady who lived here (Lady Baille) daughters served as nurses. The whole castle was soon evacuated for fear of the Germans. IMG_4379

Just outside the castle ducks trying to stay warm…IMG_4386

This panel shows the parts of the castle that were added later…IMG_4387 IMG_4388 IMG_4389 IMG_4390

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The ceilings of the rooms were to intricate and detailed…IMG_4409

This was a good panoramic view of the Castle and Gardens:IMG_4410Downstairs they had old weapons and armor on display…

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This was the Queens bathroom:IMG_4425 IMG_4426 IMG_4430 IMG_4434

This was Henry VIII banqueting hall:IMG_4441 IMG_4444

Back outside I see more birds walking around the grounds…IMG_4457 IMG_4463 IMG_4466 IMG_4472 IMG_4473

A view from the back of the castle:IMG_4477

Everyone else was still inside, but I strayed off because I wanted to check out the gardens. I like this bench:IMG_4483

This is what you call an English cottage garden. Isn’t is so pretty?IMG_4484 IMG_4486That concludes Leeds castle. Next post: Dover & Canterbury

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