This morning we woke up early (or at least it felt early to me, England is 5 hours ahead of New York) to walk to church. The ward is really small but they have a cute little church.
After sacrament meeting, we hurried to the train station to catch the train to Leeds Castle. We *barely* make it on the train, but it all worked out.
The grounds of Leeds Castle are breathtaking! It is called "The Loveliest Castle in the World," and I agree!
We finally glimpse the castle itself!
Fun fact: The last owner of the castle imported a lot of exotic animals so it used to have zebras and llamas running around and that kind of thing. The black swans were imported from Australia and remain there today. They have become a symbol for the castle.
The inside of the castle is as lovely as the outside.
Woodworking in the chapel
Old battlement for the castle
Wanna play "Spot Shannon?"
They had a maze. Jeff and I solved it in 10 minutes!
From the center of the maze
In "The Grotto" under the maze
Next we saw the bird show on the grounds.
They gathered ALL the children together for the owl demonstration. I wonder what the backup plan is if no children made it out alive?
A spitfire was flying above us
Well, why not. Gotta be goofy sometimes.
That night Julie's roommate Julia and her boyfriend Simon made us a delicious eggplant parmesan bake. So friendly and welcoming! I hope we weren't too much of a nuisance.