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May 28th 2011
Published: May 28th 2011
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28 May Update

Well after leaving London, we ended up staying overnight in a brilliant little hotel in Kenilworth (Milsoms Hotel) just out of Coventry– a highly recommend hotel.

Kenilworth is a very picturesque little town and the nearby Kenilworth castle is a fascinating visit. The castle has existed since the 1100s. Some of the graffiti scratched into the walls is historically significant in its own right as it goes back to the Victorian era!! The text is so neat!!

When visiting, free handheld electronic audio thimajigs (like small mobile phones) are handed out, and you simply bung in the number of the area you’re at (at the time) for a full and comprehensive rundown of what it was about – who was involved and who was doing what to whom at the time. Gives good insight into the various rulers, and later owners. The place was subsequently turned into a palace for the queen of England – quite a few moons ago. Big respect for the stonemasons of the day.

We checked out this morning and met up with Margie’s uncle Tom and cousin Joyce in Coventry before heading by train to Cardiff in Wales where
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Our hosts in London, Bob and Rita Lague.
we are at present. We overlooked the fact that this weekend is Bank Holiday weekend in England so it’s a long weekend!! No big problem unless trying to book quaint village accommodation. EVERYTHING IS BOOKED. So we reside in a strange hotel built on a minimalist theme, called the “Bigsleephotel”. We’ve decided it doesn’t fit our idea of English (nor Welsh) accommodation preferences. We’re here for 2 nights. Cardiff itself looks interesting and we’ll have a busy day tomorrow. The journey from Coventry to here took us through some incredibly beautiful country.

That’s it for now – I’m hitting the minimalist bed in this minimalist room. Margie and Kate are pushing out the zzzs already.
Bill.



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Bob, Margi, Bill, Rita
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Organic roofing
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Kenilworth castle - behind the old stables
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Kenilworth castle grounds
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Part of the central castle buildings
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Narrow windows keep arrows out
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Katie exploring...
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Down in the dungeons. Intricate structural work.
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Great hall of Kenilworth castle. The timber floor structure has long since gone, but you can see where the main fire place was about midway up the wall (would have been level with original floor)
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Up on one of the corners with the (reconstructed) Elizabethan garden in the background. One of the first apparently.
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Katie loved this place!!
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Kate makes a small figure beside some remnants
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Castle remnants
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Main street
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Our hotel
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Our hotel - waiting for a cab (which was 25 minutes late)
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On the train to Cardiff today


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