|Liam fell asleep on the crazy bus ride to the top. We were able to enjoy the first 30ish minutes looking up instead of looking down making sure he stayed out of trouble. ;)|
|One of the entrances had a depiction of a newt, symbolizing the allegory of the creation of the world.|
|The entrance to the Middle Ages chapel.|
Before we headed to the park, we toured in the inside of the palace. We enjoyed seeing how the royal family lived during their summers in this palace. Amelie and Liam enjoyed seeing things like the bathroom and the extremely large/old telephone. Amelie loves princesses so seeing all of the "fancy" things gets her talking. Liam loves running so he would constantly try to make beelines for different rooms as if this was such a fun game for Bobby and I. There was a really nice cafe set up on the terrace with an incredible view where we enjoyed a chocolate cupcake snack before we headed into the park.
|You can see the cities in the far distance and the Moors Castle on the adjacent hill top.|
The exotic taste of Romanticism was applied to the park as it was to the palace. The king ordered trees from diverse, distant lands to be planted there. Those included North American Sequoia, Lawson's Cypress, Magnolia and Western Redcedar, Chinese Ginkgo, Japanese Cryptomeria, and a wide variety of ferns and tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand. We loved exploring a small portion of the vast grounds. It really was amazing being in such a diverse forest. There were also many points of interest around the park that we walked to including a stone table for the royal family, a cave the monks carved, the Queens chair, and more.
|Yes, that is Bobby perched on the rocks near the statue of the soldier.|
|Amelie and Liam loved being free and roaming around picking up sticks and leaves.|
|Amelie loves maps. Here Bobby and Amelie are planning which route we should take next.|
|This is the Queen's seat carved into a rock overlooking the city and palace seen in the distance. For some reason, I think it's really cool that the Queen was tramping through the woods to come and enjoy being outside.|
|One of the many fountain and oasis areas. We actually found a lot of leeches at this one...eeewww!|
|Amelie walking on different paths through the Fern Gardens.|