Greetings, readers, friends, fans, and fellow adventurers!
For those who are unaware, I just returned from a two-week trip to England. It was my first trip overseas, first time in a plane, first time seeing the ocean or riding a boat or doing a lot of things! I’ll be thrilled to tell you all about fun highlights like punting, my layover at the Iceland airport, London’s awesome zoo with its close-up animal encounters…but for today, I’d like to start with my favorite: the Hever Castle and Gardens.
One of my main goals for visiting England was that I had to see a castle. Just one castle, and I’d be satisfied. Boy, am I glad that THIS is the castle I chose. Pretty sure when y’all help me become a rich and famous author that Imma buy it and move in. I’ll be like Enya; she’s an artist who lives in a castle too.
Anyhoozles. So, I had taken myself a lot of places on the train up till then, but Hever was a new experience. I get off the train, and there are literally no humans. At first, I’m thinking, “Well, this is sketch lol.” But I quickly realize it’s not sketch at all; it’s so quiet because I’ve stepped into my first experience of English countryside. Soon as I realize this, I’m STOKED. This is about to be a true adventure.
One great thing about England is there are signs everywhere, so getting lost isn’t a super easy option. I followed the little signs for Hever Castle, and they soon lead me to this lovely footpath through the countryside. It was like playing Zelda, my favorite video game; I had to follow the signs and find the next kissing gate to progress.
My favorite part about this footpath? SHEEP! I’d been wanting to see the black-faced sheep for DAYS. They’re so adorable. They led my way to the castle, and they were still there to lead my way back to the train at the end of the day.
The castle and garden themselves? Phenomenally beautiful, magical, and whimsical. I chose the castle itself because I wanted to see an older castle; it’s also one of the places Anne Boelyn grew up, and I’ve always been interested in that period of history, particularly as it relates to Henry VIII.
One thing I’ll say is that the English definitely know how to garden! I could just live in this garden, never mind the castle, with its sprawling rose garden (roses are my fave, besides lilies), relaxing willows by the lake, and massive, massive trees! I met so many lovely trees in England. They really appreciate nature and are much more environmentally conscious and friendly than we are in the States.
Well, that concludes this chapter of my England adventures. I’ll be posting more, so stay tuned for the next chapter!!