08 December 2012

hever castle

Yesterday, a friend and I took the train out into the countryside to the town of Hever in Kent to visit Hever Castle.  Hever Castle was the home of the Boleyn family - Anne Boleyn was Henry VIII's second wife, who he so lovingly had beheaded.  Pleasant man, wasn't he?  Anyway, Hever Castle was where she lived with her sister Mary.

We walked from the train station to the castle, along the roads, admiring the sunset views and adorable English farmhouses.  We made friends with some curious sheep who decided to take a break from their grassy meal to check us out - I don't think we convinced them we were worth it, but boy, those sheep sure knew how to pose for the camera!  Little models.

The castle itself was gorgeous!  It has since been redone by the owners who had it in the early 1900's, but much of the Tudor style remains, and the Boleyn family crest is still present in many parts of the interior.  The castle was filled with many beautiful and very old pieces of ornate furniture, tapestries, and memorabilia, and, not to mention, totally decked out for Christmas!  After touring the castle, we walked through some of the gardens, but it quickly got dark, and we walked back to the train station so we weren't walking along the country roads in complete blackness.

All in all, it was a really fun day, and it was so nice to be out in the countryside.  Sometimes it's nice to have a break from the city.
I just wish I had my dog with me to take for some walks out there.
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