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London - Leeds Castle

Our afternoon was a visit to Leeds Castle - which is NOT in Leeds.

This medieval castle was formerly a private home and was left by its last owner as a trust to be open to visitors. Interestingly, the widow of the owning family was American and she made huge improvements and modernizations to the castle before deeding it to the trust.

While the inside was interesting - so many artifacts and pieces of art - the outside gorunds were spectacular!

Acres of land with ponds, streams, varieties of trees, plants and flowers and lots of animal life (dozens of peacocks, black swan, sheep, etc). The grounds also host a golf course which some were playing as we roamed about.

On a beautiful spring or summer day many of us agreed we'd love to grab a good book and pull up a blanket somewhere here and simply enjoy the serenity and beauty.


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