I was able to meet a friend and his family in Warwick for the day, and we had a blast! He and I were at BYU Nauvoo together in 2006, and I haven't seen him and his wife in about 5 years. They now have two delightful children, and it was so great to finally meet them.
But since I've been told that people just want to see my pictures, I won't bother going into the details of the day. So without further ado:
St. Mary's Parish Church
This plaque gives the details of the couple's tomb shown above.
One example of the fantastic language used on various signs here.
One of the walls displayed with bits of the family's extensive collection of armor and weaponry.
A gorgeous piece of furniture... an elaborately hand carved buffet, documented for you, Mom.
View from the mound across the Castle Park
The mound (right) was the original site of fortification, with a wooden stockade built atop in 1068. A keep was added to the site in the 13th Century if I remember correctly. And well, the rest is history.
Looking up at the mound
View from the ramparts down at the Castle Gatehouse and out upon the city, with the tower of St. Mary's showing quite prominently.
It was a bit windy up on top!
A row of houses built in the 14th and 15th centuries along the River Avon.
River Avon... (Warwick is only about 9 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon
Suffice it to say that I think every child deserves the chance to visit Warwick Castle. It was truly enchanting, with a load of family-friendly activities. And we had some beautiful views that only added to the atmosphere. Hopefully I'll take the time to go back and explore a bit more on my own.