Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel
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... for the show and how it is used by the actual Carnarvon family.
After the castle tour we were herded down to the basement for the tour of the Egyptian artifacts brought back by the 5th Earl. I definitely didn't expect to see a real mummy today, but there was King Tut next to his golden sarcophagus, encased in glass in the basement. Mummies in the basement. Happy thought indeed.
After my inside tours I was hungry, so I stopped by the tea room ...
... the corner. So after having lunch of fresh bread from the bakery and vegemite or other we walked to a different cemetery . There are 157 in this area. Then we ended up walking to the. Rampant one as well and in the first row, we think there is. A relation. Will check with Lionel first, but he was from the Wiltshire regiment. We then found a pub which was lovely and then back to the square and ...
... now (OMG, we've been here that long! time is passing too quickly!), he was delighted to find a whole new cornucopia of brews to taste. Unfortunately, it took me about a year to figure out we needed to keep a record of these brews so we hit on the idea of having a beer book. People do this for wines they like - saving the labels and such and we've tried that without much success because we're not big wine drinkers ...
... War I officers) have been used in the show.
Apparently, there is filming happening at the castle tomorrow!
The Egyption exhibit downstairs in the old staff quarters was very interesting, too. The 5th Earl of Carnavon (the rich castle people...) discovered Tutankhamen's tomb with Henry Carter... I knew the name, but I hadn't known there was a connection with Highclere!
After making several keenly-anticipated ...
I took an alternative route home, travelling on the Thames Clipper instead of the train.
On Tuesday 7th, I was up quite early, and had a message from Antonia Hartley, who had arrived from Australia on Monday. Antonia was also staying in the Westminster area quite close to me, so we met for breakfast. I told Antonia that I had missed the changing of the Guard and mentioned that I might go and watch it this morning as we were again quite ...