Today definitely started off rocky. Patricia didn’t have her Highclere tickets printed, so we had to rush to the library and get that done, which we did. That was easy! We then headed to the train station, Paddington. Our tickets to Newbury had a connection in them, so we were supposed to get off in Reading and get on the next train to Newbury. We did that too. So far, so good. Well, once you get to Newbury, there are two stations. The first is Newbury Racecourse. We didn’t know if there was also a Newbury Station, so we got off at the Racecourse. There wasn’t a single taxi in sight. At that point, we knew we’d gotten off at the wrong station. We just walked the direction of the train. We saw a Sainsbury’s, so we were going to go in and ask them to call a taxi when I saw a sign that pointed to the station. I later found out that we walked about a mile and a half.
|Such a relief seeing this!|
That first silver car ended up being our taxi to Highclere. He was pretty nice. He told us about the things we were passing and about the weather.
|Andrew Lloyd Webber’s land meets up with Highclere’s|
It was about a ten minute drive to the castle, so we had a chance to rest our feet. He gave us his card so we could call him when we were finished at the castle.
|I liked this one because I got Patricia taking a selfie in the back.|
|It’s gorgeous! It doesn’t even look real!|
We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the castle, but I did sneak a few that I’m not going to post. It was so lovely inside. I kept my eyes out for modern things, though. I saw a hair dryer, some flashlights, some radios and modern magazines. It made me laugh because I feel like that stuff doesn’t belong there.
|You can’t see it because of the melty chocolate, but it’s gluten free!|
I saw this when I was ordering and decided to get it, knowing it would probably be full of chemicals and rice/potato flour, but hey, it’s gluten free, so I decided why not! I got it, read the label, and it wasn’t bad! I was incredibly surprised to see that is used almond flour! It’s almost paleo!!
|It was really good! It was dark chocolate, hazelnut and cranberry. It wasn’t something I would normally have tried, but I’m glad I got it.|
After lunch, we walked through the gardens for a while. They were massive! I don’t think we saw even half of it.
|The wildflower garden|
|The castle from the garden|
|The secret garden|
|Our final view of the castle before we headed back to London|
|It was huge! But I couldn’t find any dark chocolate M&M’s 😦|