We had visitors from the US staying with us in the middle of August so we walked up to Farnham Castle again. Ever since the Magritte Museum in Brussels, I’ve been photographing sky through windows and over rooftops.
Where we went we say lots of the grand Edinburgh architecture (see below) – even the decrepit premises betrayed the elegance of their former occupants. Click any of the pictures below to see them bigger (if viewing in email or social media you may need to click the post title first to see on the web site).
A few street shots from our first walkabout on the afternoon of our arrival. Click the post title and/or any of the images to see them at full size.
While we have been round the castle keep several times, the palace itself is only open for touring on Wednesdays. We finally took the £5 tour which was quite interesting, covering the long history of the castle and its occupants and architecture. Naturally, I took a bunch of pictures along the way. Click the images to see them full sized (if viewing in email, you may need to click the post title first to open the web site).
Continue anti-clockwise past the Dane John Mound we descended from the Roman Wall and came to the ruins of the Norman Castle which, unfortunately was in too tumble-down a state to approach so I had to be contented with this somewhat distant shot of the remains.
One weekend we took the bus to Guildford a larger town nearby with a vibrant, pedestrian shopping district, an ancient castle ruin, and more. Click any image to see them all enlarged.
Outside the castle you can see Farnham Park stretching into the distance. It’s approximately half the size of Central Park in NYC, delightedly less crowded and with much more varied natural landscapes instead of Central Park’s many entertainments. Click any image to see them all enlarged (if you’re seeing this directly on the site – from email, click through to obBLOGato).
Here are the first touristy images from my new home in Farnham, Surrey in the UK. The castle, about 20 minutes’ walk from our apartment, is about 900 years old and we took a walk around the Keep and the grounds (the castle itself wasn’t open the day we went) and you can perhaps get some sense of it. I took many more pictures but, especially after all my ruined Irish castles I frankly found them a bit boring. You can see the flag at half mast as we arrived here in the days before Queen Elizabeth’s burial.
County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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A couple of members of our party digitally excised.
from Wikipedia: The Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phádraig[ˈcaɾˠəɟ ˈfˠaːd̪ˠɾˠəɟ]), also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is an historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. Click any image to see them all enlarged (if you’re in your browser – doesn’t work in email).
We saw lots and lots of castles. We saw, but did not kiss, the Blarney stone. Click any image to see them all enlarged to full size (but only from your browser – if in email, click through to obBLOGato).
Three similar views of the castle, with the tourists digitally removed.