Saturday, 17 October 2015

Warwick Castle: Part One

Warcwick Castle Blog ReviewOne of the most wonderful things about the UK is undoubtedly the amount of history waiting to be discovered and explored.  Speaking of which, I realised it had been quite a few years since I last visited Warwick Castle and figured it was high time I explored the place once more!  To my delight (and also a little worryingly), I barely remembered anything about the medieval castle and so it felt as though I was stepping foot in the landmark's grounds for the first time...

Warcwick Castle Blog Review
Warcwick Castle Blog ReviewWarcwick Castle Blog ReviewI'm ashamed to admit how often I think with my stomach, though there'd be little point in suggesting otherwise considering most of my lifestyle posts feature cakes and sandwiches.  Needless to say, before I'd even taken one step into the Great Hall, I hunted down a place to enjoy lunch within the castle's grounds.  There are plenty of destinations to find food within the grounds, including a place to buy fish and chips near the River and Island - somewhere that also sees Warwick Castle's 'brave knights' face each other during their seasonal jousting tournaments!  However, there was no way I was going to miss my chance to visit the beautiful Conservatory that can be found sitting directly behind the Peacock Garden... and yes, that is just as beautiful as it sounds.  The Peacock Garden includes topiary peacocks, manicured hedges as well as both a pond and fountain - oh and 20 peacocks roaming the grounds.  Even the cloudy, rainy weather couldn't wipe away the charm of one of Warwick's most iconic elements!
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Warcwick Castle Blog ReviewWarcwick Castle Blog Review FoodAfter taking some time to appreciate the delicious food and colourful peacocks proudly strutting around, next on the agenda was to explore Warwick Castle's breathtakingly beautiful interiors!  I've developed quite an appreciation for grand, flamboyant interior design and as much as I admire modern, minimalistic designs, I can't help but find my eyes opening a little wider for lavish state rooms, eccentric gold leaf frames and similar subjects.  The Great Hall made for a brilliant introduction to the medieval castle and very much left me wondering how on Earth I could have forgotten such a place.  The Great Hall is the largest room in the Castle and contains various suits of armour, as well as wedding settings/preparation on the day I found myself there - seriously, can you imagine a greater place to say 'I do'?!
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Many other rooms can be found trailing on from The Great Hall, including The State Rooms that have been 'extended, altered and embellished over the centuries to provide the best possible environment to entertain', as well as to 'display the family's most prestigious possessions'.  One thing is for certain, any extensions, alterations and embellishments enforced throughout the castle have been well and truly worth it - each space is spectacular and very much encourages visitors to whip out their cameras!

Interestingly, I saw some restorative work going on at Warwick Castle and so out of curiosity I did some research once I'd returned home.  It turns out Merlin Entertainments' Warwick Castle has spent over £6,000,000 on restoration work in the last ten years alone - incredible!      
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Warcwick Castle Blog Review Music RoomBefore continuing my tour of all that Warwick Castle had to offer, I took a while to appreciate the peaceful Chapel accessed through a winding corridor, a place of tranquility authorised by Sir Fulke in the early 1600s.  From there, I continued on to The Music Room, which was unquestionably one of the favourite features of my visit.  An information sheet displayed within the room explained how while the gentleman discussed business and hunting, the ladies would gather in this room to 'unwind to the soft sound of the piano'.  Speaking as someone who has played the piano for over a decade, I'll admit I had to resist the urge to boot the waxwork off the stool and take his place in front of the instrument. Though in hindsight, I probably shouldn't have given any of the waxwork figures shady looks considering how eerily lifelike they were - Madame Tussauds is another of Merlin Entertainments's attractions!  

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Lovely photos. My favourite thing about Warwick Castle is the fact that it had 'murder holes', plus the peacocks, of course.

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    1. I was so disappointed to have not had time to visit the dungeons - I've heard wonderful things about them (as hilarious as that may sound!)

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  2. I've never been to Warwick Castle and my goodness, it is gorgeous! I would keep in mind in my future visit not to miss having coffee and cake in their consevatory as the peacock garden sounds stunning. And yes, I also have food on my mind 80% of the time *hides in shame* Xx

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    1. I'm glad you like the look of coffee and cake in the peacock garden's conservatory - I really wanted to get across how beautiful and peaceful it was there! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. This is so cool, and the photos are stunning! You're so lucky to be around so much history! It must've been a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you so much Amber - it certainly was lovely day.

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  4. I've never seen a peacock up close before! I too admire gold leafing and grand, luxurious interior design. The attention to detail always astounds me.

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    1. They are beautiful creatures, particularly when showcasing their feathers in full!

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  5. That is incredible! ! Love the pictures. Your hair is amazing! !!!!

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    1. Ah, thanks a million Stephanie!

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  6. wow!! Beautiful Castle and a peacock garden?? wow!! Your pictures a so pretty dear Danielle, I wish someday to visit a beautiful England Castle like this one.
    Thanks for make me dream.....
    Have a wonderful weekend.
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    1. Thanks gorgeous, I hope you find yourself touring an English castle in the near future!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. I do think that being able to forget a place you've been to and experiencing it again like it's the first time is such an delightful little worry. Ah, if that can happen with books and films -- what I wouldn't give to read Harry Potter for the first time again! But I digress.

    Warwick Castle looks incredible, Gabrielle, and you've captured such beautiful photographs of the place. Being a musician myself, I'll have to say that the Music Room is perhaps my favourite feature of the castle on this little pixelated tour, too. I genuinely thought that the waxworks were real people!

    I've also been having a little love affair with grandiose interiors and facades, despite my stubborn love for anything minimalist. There's just something about ancient, almost Victorian interiors that makes my heart flutter.

    What a wonderful place! I hope you enjoy your weekend, Gabrielle!

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    1. Oh God, you're not wrong there - I've started watching so many films before realising I've seen them before! Thank you for your kind words about my photography, I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful week May :)

      Gabrielle x

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  8. This castle looks absolutely stunning and such a great place for photography. Must've been a great experience. Love all your photos love :)

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    1. It was undoubtedly a treat for me with regard to photography!

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  9. I love that you're exploring more of your own country, that's something I'm trying to do as well and I think it's so worthwhile. I think you have a trump card on me though because I feel like the UK is filled with so much history, meanwhile Australia we just have a lot of country and bush, haha

    Warwick Castle looks beautiful and The Great Hall looks spectacular! I visited Oxford a few years back and it reminds me of some of the grand halls they have there.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're planning to explore your surroundings more, it's something I only started doing more thoroughly in recent years - the earlier you start, the better!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Lovely post on one of the UK's great historical attractions. Up there with Leeds Castle and Corfe. Happy castleing....

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    1. Thanks very much Gavin. I agree Leeds Castle is pretty special!

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  11. These are some gorgeous photos Gabrielle! I have very fond memories of my trips to castles in both York and Norwich and this definitely makes me want to return to the UK asap!

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    1. Thanks a million Anjelique! I'm glad you have fond memories of your visit to the UK :)

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  12. I love exploring the UK through your posts Gabrielle! You're right, there's so much history there (compared to Australia!) and it would be such a breathtaking sight to see castles in your city. The peacock garden sounds divine and don't worry, I think with my stomach all the time too :) xx


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    1. That's brilliant to hear, thanks for letting me know Naeun! Britain's castles certainly are very interesting, there's no doubt about that :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. That is an amazing place to stay in.
    I hope i live nearby to your country so i can visit such beauty

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    1. Though staying at this castle isn't an option - you can get married there!

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  14. I haven't been before, but wow it looks breathtaking! And great photography as always :)
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    1. Thanks very much - have a wonderful week!!

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  15. Beautiful photos! I love all of the cool places you visit and I love reading about them through your blog :) xx

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    1. You've made my day Nevena, that's so wonderful to hear.

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  16. looks so luxurious!! :D

    Have a great week!
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  17. I think this is why I think this country is very interesting due to its history and the old buildings that hard to be found in Asia, or The States. I still need to go to a lot of castles including the Scottland's!

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    1. England truly is packed full with history and culture! You and me both, I'm so keen to visit Scotland!

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  18. Amazing photos dear!

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  19. Wow, I'd love to visit this castle, it's looks amazing! And the garden; so beautiful!

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    1. The garden was particularly beautiful to admire over a slice of cake ;)

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  20. I always find old castles like this really fascinating, but also a bit scary. Not sure I would dare to spend a night there all by myself:) Peacocks are such funny birds, and I love the thing they do with their tail feathers. Not sure if it's because they're angry or they want to show off:)

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    1. That makes two of us - I can wander through them for hours and still be fascinated come the last few minutes. Haha yeah, spending the night alone in a medieval castle doesn't sound too appealing!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. What a beautiful historical place! I think castles are one of the most fascinating places to explore. You have captured the beauty of this amazing castle with your photos. You are not the only one that thinks with your tummy, I have made many decisions based upon what is on the menu lol!

    Keisha xo
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    1. I couldn't agree more Keisha, they're packed with history and you know others have walked in your footsteps decades and even centuries before!

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  22. beautiful photos, looks like an amazing place! i'd love to visit one day, thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is a beautiful place to spend the day, that's for sure.

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  23. Lovely pictures and such a stunning place!

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    1. Thanks gorgeous, have a lovely week.

      Gabrielle x

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  24. What a gorgeous castle! The garden is beyond me!!

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    1. I agree, it's pretty spectacular!

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  25. I'm so envious that you live in a country where there are actual castles which hold so much history and majesty. And it's really cool that a number of them have opened up to tourism. Thanks for taking us along! I'm really impressed with the lavishness of the decor and it's wonderful that they've been continuously restoring the place so people will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

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    1. I feel very fortunate to live here at times, though I'm often bitten by the travel bug too! You're very welcome, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post Rowena :)

      Gabrielle x

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  26. wow great place to be

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  27. The photos take my breath away... From all sightseeing places I like castles the most, they have such a wonderful atmosphere. This castle looks magnificent and its garden is so beautiful too! I really enjoyed reading your post :) Thanks! xx

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    1. What a lovely message, thank you so much! Castles can be some of the greatest places to visit thanks to their buzzing atmospheres - I agree!

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  28. Wow! This is a very informative post Gabrielle. Its like touring around the castle as well. I have always wanted to experience and see castle upclose. Hopefully soon I can travel Europe.

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    1. I'm glad you think so gorgeous! I hope you find yourself exploring Europe at some point in the near future :)

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  29. You're so right - there is so much heritage, history and culture to be explored in the English countryside.

    I haven't been to Warwick castle, but would love to visit. You photos and virtual tour look so good. Love the architecture and the interior is absolutely amazing!!

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    1. It's something I only started to open my mind to in recent years, though I'm glad I've done so as there's so much to discover! I'm glad you enjoyed this tour Lubka :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. I've never been to Warwick Castle, but it is definitely a place I need to add to my bucket list! Gorgeous photos!!

    Diane

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    1. Yay! Be sure to visit, I'm certain you'll love it there!

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  31. Wow! I had no idea that Warwick castle was SO stunning... such a beautifully shot post hun!

    Elle
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    1. It's undoubtedly worth visiting! Thanks very much Elle!

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  32. So cool~~ maybe 2016 I will finally make it to the UK

    Gina
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    1. My fingers are crossed for you Gina!

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  33. This castle is taking my breath away! The interiors to the landscaping is absolutely beautiful <3
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    1. Absolutely! The interior design of the areas set up for the weekend's wedding (Part One) were particularly beautiful too!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. There is no end to how many different places there are to explore in the UK. Love this post x

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more!

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  35. Imagine these figures coming to life after dark and roaming the castel grounds... Spooky!

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    1. Ugh, don't even go there - sending shivers down my spine ;)

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  36. UK is perhaps the best place to visit if you are in search of European castles & historical places!! Love the interiors so much!!

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    1. That's a very good point, though Germany has a generous amount of history on offer as well!

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  37. I loooooove castles and this one looks like a total beast. Added to my list of castles to visit!

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    1. Three cheers for castles!!

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  38. Looks great, brilliant pictures.

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  39. What a beautiful castle! I visited various castles in Germany and loved them! The peacock is so beautiful! The food looks very tasty, especially the dessert. Have a great week, Gabrielle!

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    1. Germany has some beautiful castles, I have thousands of photos of them stored on my laptop!

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  40. I went to Warwick Castle years ago as my family live nearby but am long overdue a return to see the waxworks and that gorgeous Peacock Garden

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    1. The waxworks really are eerily lifelike - they're worth visiting alone!

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  41. Really lovely post dear! Hope you have a fabulous day.

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  42. This looks amazing! I cannot wait to go back to the UK in January and see all these sights myself! (I also need to find a place to get married in eventually! :p .... and pin it on my Pinterest pave as usual!)

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    1. How exciting you'll be visiting the UK in a few months - I hope you have a fantastic trip!!

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  43. What a place! Love the portraits especially.
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    1. You and me both - I also love their frames!

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  44. Wow, such gorgeous photos of such a beautiful and historic site! It looks like you had a wonderful time and your food looks ultra yummy!

    I hope you have an amazing day and start to your week, girlie!

    XO,

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    1. The food sure was tasty, particularly the chicken pesto panini! Thanks Jalisa, have a wonderful week :)

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  45. I remembered walking around in awe while visiting a castle in Germany, it was one of the highlights of my trip. I think that's one of the best thing about Europe in general, the vast amounts of history and castles are astounding.

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    1. Germany and the UK both have an incredible amount of castles waiting to be explored!

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  46. You always have such beautiful photos, What a wonderful place to visit.

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  47. You took some great pictures, and I totally agree with you, England's architecture is simply wonderful!

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  48. This looks amazing!


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  49. Super fotki i fajny zamek ;)
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  50. I've never been to England, but it goes without saying that this is exactly the kind of place I would enjoy visiting...this kind of historical sights are what I wish to see the most.... a recurring image for sure when I daydream about it.

    Your photography is superb...and seeing that cake plus sandwich made me really hungry. I will keep that sandwich in mind if I get the change to visit this castle;) . I like your basic outfit. Those boots are gorgeous...and a perfect pair with those skinny jeans.

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    1. I really hope you come to England soon Ivana, I'm sure you'd love it here - at least the countryside! :) Thank you so much for your compliment on my photography, you've made my day!

      Gabrielle x

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  51. You always visit some amazing places, Gabrielle. This castle is massive and beautiful - wow!! I would love to marry there. Ha! Great photos! :)
    Have a great week.

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    1. I'm so glad you think so lovely, I certainly enjoy covering them on my blog afterwards!

      Gabrielle x

      ps. you're not alone - it'd make a beautiful wedding location :)

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  52. Are stunning photos, that place so cute !!!

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  53. These pictures are stunning, and your hair is beautiful, Gabrielle.

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  54. What a lovely post! The photos are amazing! The food looks yummy and I haven't been to Warwick Castle for many years I feel like I need to go there now after seeing this. Gemma xx
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    1. The food was utterly delicious in the conservatory and yes, I'd definitely recommend visiting Warwick Castle Gemma! :)

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  55. So pretty!
    I love the decor inside :)
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  56. Warwick Castle is spectacular Gabrielle! What a treat! I hope to visit a castle one day. The UK is so rich in history. Preservation of it is so important. Both the inside and outside are gorgeous. I love those portraits and the food looked absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing. About to read part 2.
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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post Kim! I really hope you find yourself touring a castle sometime very soon, I've no doubt you'd love it :) Have fun reading part two!

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  57. The photos are amazing!!! This place is so magical <3 so so so beautiful. Also the food looks tasty. Now it's time for the second part :)

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    1. Haha oh yes, the food was beyond delicious! Enjoy reading part two!

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  58. Wow this is such a stunning location! I love the colours! Camera advice you take really lovely photos in low light settings. Any advice? :) www.shehearts.net xx

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    1. Oh thanks very much Laura, I really appreciate you saying so! Having a camera that adjusts to lighting well is a big part of it, however I'd suggest being mindful of which direction the light is coming at your camera from - that plays a big role in maintaining a photo's rich colour! :)

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  59. Beautiful photos! I love old historic places so much <333

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  60. Great post just as your all blog. I think that you are an awesome blogger, and I wish you luck in future! Kisses :* If you want, look my blog and follow me if you like it.You can join in giveaway. <3 http://fdiarybyz.blogspot.hr/

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  61. so beautiful! love it!

    love the blog too, girl! if you get the chance i'd love for you to check mine out and let me know what you think! (maybe even follow!)

    have a great week! :)

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  62. Looks so lovely and the photos are so pretty! I think days out like this are quite underrated, people should take the time to visit these places more!

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