Day 13 - Warwick to Swindon

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Aug 24, 2013

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our stay at the Lord Leycester was interesting to say the least. When we were walking to our room, every floorboard creaked. When we got to the room, the floor sloped by at least 4 inches. Darryl ended up sleeping with his head at the food of the bed. I sort of felt that I was rolling into the middle of the bed.

After breakfast, we headed off to Warwick Castle. Temperature today in Warwick, 31 and everyone we spoke to says that this is the hottest it has been for 6 years. We are very lucky that the weather has been lovely.

We spent 3 hours at Warwick Castle looking around and walking up and down at least 7 spiral staircases and several other normal stairs. What a work out! Going up the first spiral staircase, it was very close and all I could see was the steps, as they were very steep. I thought that it would not end. I was getting very anxious (my clostrophobia was kicking in) so by the time I got to the top, my heart was pounding and I was sweating and shaking. Took me a little while to calm down, but going down was a breeze and then going up the next one was OK as I knew what to expect so handled it a little better. It was all worth it, as the view from the top was amazing.

After the castle, we headed to Leamington to do some washing, so had a nice rest for an hour and a half, before we headed off for our next stop, which was going to be Swindon.

We decided to have a look at Stratford upon Avon, but when we got there, the crowds in the streets were huge so we just decided to keep going. The town looked like York and Warwick, so we were not too concerned as I am sure that we will see something better along the way.

As we arrived in Swindon, we came upon a roundabout. I had been told of several "special" roundabouts in England, but had totally forgotten about them. Next thing I know, I am looking at a sign for the “Magic Roundabout” (5 small roundabouts contained in 1 big one). Darryl managed to negotiate through it and we found our hotel.

One big problem, when we went to park the car, we went around the block and encountered some one way streets and found ourselves going through some very narrow housing streets in Swindon. We eventually made our way out of the suburban streets and where do you think we ended up, back on the roundabout. We were trying to avoid it, but we managed to get through it again. OMG it was scary (see picture and you will see why).

Anyway, finally got to hotel and have just had dinner and now relaxing in an airconditioned room, no previous hotel has had airconditioning, so this is really nice.
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Dad and Mum on

We are enjoying seeing and hearing about your travels. What magnificent subjects for Monochrome you are seeing. We are off tomorrow (Monday 5th) so will not be able to see your blog each day so will catch up with it when we can. Keep enjoying your trip and we hope the weather holds up for you like it seems to be doing now. Our weather has been lousy of late.

pj on

Hi Kim,

I accidentally added a comment to your earlier entry...

The GWR museum really is good. Although it's a railway museum, it's also a good chronicle of the social history of Swindon during and after the Industrial Revolution. Swindon was a railway town, virtually dependent upon the GWR and the good works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel who looked after his thousands of workers and provided living conditions that were ahead of their time. There are still streets of terraced houses that were built to accommodate families during that time....

Good work on the Magic Roundabout too.....

I think I'm enjoying your trip almost as much as you are.


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