Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Weekend: Leeds Castle and Paralympics


We headed back to London on Sunday, but stopped by Leeds Castle on the way home. The castle is much smaller than Dover Castle, but the castle grounds were amazing.


We had to take a land train to the castle.


The flower garden was full of beautiful flowers.


They had a bird watching station for the kids.


The thing the kids loved the most was the hedge maze. 
I must say were were throughly impressed with this maze. 
It took us much longer than we expected to get through it.


Lexi found her way first.


Neil was lost in the hedges.


Neil and I were the last to find our way out.


Once you completed the maze, you had to go through this underground grotto that was filled with statues. It had an under the sea theme and was quite impressive. Most of the pictures didn't turn out because of the weird lighting.


On Monday the kids had to go back to school, but Ray and I continued our fun extended weekend by going to the Paralympics.

Boccia
Mascot
Misty playing in empty rows.




Labor Day Weekend: Dover Castle and Sandwich


We had quite the exciting weekend. Ray had a four day weekend for Labor Day, so as soon as the kids got home from school we left town to go to Kent. We found our way to our holiday park and settled in for the night. The plan of the weekend was to see some castles in Kent as well as make our way to the Goodwin Sands. Unfortunately we found out that the Goodwin Sands is a sandbar in the middle of the bay, so we were not able to collect "Our Sand" as Lexi put it. Have no fear, we had a ton of fun all weekend.



We started with Dover Castle. We made our way to the top of the castle and got a wonderful view from the top.  Neil even managed for find a spot to Skewer the Moo.


Neil skewered Misty on the top of a trebuchet.


Our Royal Family.


In one of the tunnels the kids found a patch of light, so they both wanted 
to be in the "spotlight". I see no acting future for either of them lol.


After Dover Castle we drove around a bit trying to find the Goodwin Sands, which as I mentioned we couldn't get to since it is a sandbar. We decided to explore some more of Kent, and went to the town of Sandwich. Yes, Sandwich! It is right next to some other unusually named towns: Deal, Worth, and Ham. I'm sure you can image the bad jokes that came along. So, what's the Deal? Is it Worth going to Sandwich. Should we get a Ham Sandwich in Sandwich...would that be Worth it? Is it a good Deal? ect... We were all cracking up over these bad jokes, ok Ray wasn't he was just shaking his head in disbelief as the jokes got worse. All joking aside, Sandwich is one of the most preserved medieval towns in England, so I wanted to stop there and check it out. 


Sandwich Signs!



We didn't stay for the Sandwich Festival, but we got some ice cream in Sandwich and played on the playground. Neil took his ice cream cone paper and took a perspective photo as if it was a hat for Misty.

Later on that evening we returned to the holiday park. They had some cheesy evening entertainment. Lexi ended up winning a game, and they gave her a t-shirt.




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