Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A Comparison of Castles
In March I visited Warwick Castle with the AWC, which is a medieval fortress built in the 14th century but transformed into a great country house in the 18th century. Madame Tussaud's family has bought the castle and with the help of wax figures recreated scenes to bring the tour to life. (Can you tell which of us are wax?) This week I went on a river boat tour up the River Thames from Richmond to Hampton Court....much the way Henry Vlll and Anne Boleyn would have made the trip! The boat ride took about an hour and a half and we had to pass through the locks because of the tidal change. In comparison, Hampton Court is a grand royal palace with a blend of the Tudor architecture and Wren's classical additions. Here is a tour guide tip: Remember Christopher Wren's style of architecture by thinking "wrenaissance"! The Baroque gardens were beautiful but I especially got a kick out of watching a tennis match...the King's tennis is played more like racket ball. Another IPI (interesting piece of information) the word "love" in tennis means 0 and comes from the French word L'oeuf, meaning egg - get it? We did end up skipping the maze...do you girls remember going through it when you visited last June?