RUINED GLORY
So on the way back from Birmingham, I was going to stop off at Warwick, which is a fantastic place about 20 miles from Brum. But I have been to the castle there before and I happened to see one of these tourist leaflets in the hotel at New Street and it mentioned a place called Kenilworth Castle, close to Warwick but I had never been there and had vaguely heard of it. So I drove out of Birmingham and got to Kenilworth around 11.30am. And I have to say that it’s a spectacular place: a ruined castle some of which dates from the 12th century, it’s been used for lots of filming and it was originally the seat of Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth’s squeeze. The weather was a little bit murky but it makes the place look even more gothic. There were tons of schoolkids on trips there when I was there but since it’s near Coventry and Birmingham, that’s not that surprising. Had very nice lunch there too, a toasted flatbread with goat’s cheese and caramelised onion. I took tons of photos (surprising, eh?;) but here’s my first batch for you…

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