Tag: ruins

Tintagel Castle and the Little Knights

We live near Tintagel castle which we’ve never visited before, but a week or so ago, we finally decided to visit King Arthur’s birthplace, that is if the legend is indeed true.  To make the visit even more fun for little T,  her best-friend F and his mum also came along.

It’s actually about time we used our English Heritage membership, especially since the first and last time we used it was last year when we visited Stonehenge.

Little T and F were excited since playing knights in shinning armours are one of their current favourite games to play.  Who said little girls can’t be knights?  They definitely can, especially in T’s world.

We were a bit surprised to see many tourists around, especially since Spring break was over by the time we visited.  We were dead wrong.

And of course before entering the castle, the little knights had to check out the goods in the gift shop first.

This cave is known as Merlin’s Cave made famous in Tennyson’s poem Idyllis of the King.

It is a bit of a climb to go up the ruins, especially if you’re as un-exercised as I am.  The little ones though, didn’t mind the steps at all.

They went up those stairs without whinging much, in fact, I think I whinged more than they did!

This is the site of a medieval village, way up on a hill.

The view through the entrance of the medieval site….

View from an ancient window.

Those steps will lead you up to the ruins of King Arthur’s castle.

Can you imagine what this house/building must have looked like during those ancient times, over-looking the sea?  I’m wondering if it was used as a look-out.

And there’s our little knights, busy playing in what was once a garden during the medieval times.

Inspecting the cave for dragons, the knights were disappointed.

This was once the chapel.

And this is what’s left of the castle …

Time to go home now… but first …

back to the gift shop where the two knights decided to ditch their swords to buy some bows and arrows.

While there’s really nothing much left of the castle, it is however surrounded by magnificent views and stunning scenery, so it’s definitely still worth a visit.  And you could also schedule your tour and time it with a historical re-enactment.  That would definitely be fun, I still have yet to see one!

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s #CountryKids.

and #PoCoLo

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

A Cornish Gnome in Scotland

We went on our first road trip as a family in 2011, all the way from Cornwall to Scotland.  We didn’t go straight to our destination though, we stopped at different places to stay with close friends in Bristol and Birmingham.  Then we visited Chesire and the Lake District before heading to stay for ten days in a cute and cosy log cabin by the woods near the spectacular Loch Awe in Scotland.

What do I remember about the place?  As expected, it rained a lot.  But the landscape was absolutely stunning!  It’s been more than two years now since we last visited and I’m still in love with the breathtaking scenery of Scotland.  We hope to visit again soon.

This photo was taken in the chapel of Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban, both the castle and chapel dates back to the 13th century. Can you spot the Cornish gnome, though really, she should be called a Devononian gnome, since she was born in Exeter, my husband though is adamant that she is Cornish.  Little T was about thirteen months old then.

I remember that day very well.  We went to see Oban for the first time and then it started raining.  On our way back to our house by the woods, it suddenly stopped!  So we decided to make a detour and visit the historical ruin and I’m glad we did because the place is a must-visit when in the area.  I prefer visiting crumbling ruins than restored and recreated ones.  For me there is more romance and mystery than a rehabilitated one, don’t you agree?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s What’s The Story.

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them!