Fashionably late as usual, here is the video I was telling you about in this post. So there it is, just a taste of the Clash of The Knights medieval reenactment that took place over the Easter week-end at Kenilworth Castle. I thought the Game of Thrones opening rock cover by WhiteNoise Lab sounded perfect for the video, so there you go: well worth my £10.

The Warwickshire diaries part.2: Leamington Spa&Warwick
I must say I am mildly in love with Warwick and its castle. After an endless journey which involved changing bus at Leamington Spa and spending a ridiculous amount of money to get on a very grim bus, we made our way through the old Warwick city centre and finally into the castle with its majestic towers and superb reconstructions of life in the Middle Ages. No point in saying how much fun I had and how much of a pleasant day this has been, as you can surely grasp from the picture I posted: out of the 52 photos I took, I thought the one in which I was trying to push the boyfriend off the tower was probably the best. One more day of wandering round is left before I get into hardcore revision mode for my final exams, time flies when you’re having fun!
PS: In case I didn’t get my point across, do visit Warwick castle: the entry fee is ridiculous, but you’ll find it is well worth it.

The Warwickshire diaries part.2: Leamington Spa&Warwick


I must say I am mildly in love with Warwick and its castle. After an endless journey which involved changing bus at Leamington Spa and spending a ridiculous amount of money to get on a very grim bus, we made our way through the old Warwick city centre and finally into the castle with its majestic towers and superb reconstructions of life in the Middle Ages. No point in saying how much fun I had and how much of a pleasant day this has been, as you can surely grasp from the picture I posted: out of the 52 photos I took, I thought the one in which I was trying to push the boyfriend off the tower was probably the best. One more day of wandering round is left before I get into hardcore revision mode for my final exams, time flies when you’re having fun!

PS: In case I didn’t get my point across, do visit Warwick castle: the entry fee is ridiculous, but you’ll find it is well worth it.

Clash of the Knights @Kenilworth Castle

Yesterday I experienced a quite unusual Easter Sunday at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. Me, the boyfriend and the mother set off in the early morning [it’s the holidays, and 11.50am is early morning to me] and got on the first bus to Leamington Spa to admire the beauties of this castle defined by the architectural historian Anthony Emery as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship". As I made my way through the ancient ruins, I tried to set my imagination free and get inside the part of one of the many men who stepped through the castle hundreds of years before as much as the unsettling noise of kids roaming around allowed me. My disappointment for not being allowed to take pictures inside the Leicester’s Gatehouse and its magnificent bas-reliefs was quickly blown away by the Elizabethan Gardens - and its funny looking pheasants -  and the Clash of the Knights medieval tournament reenactment, of which I took a video which you can watch here if you got some spare time - I’ve been very cheeky and put the Game of Thrones theme in the background -. I then got ripped off by the Castle’s local café by purchasing a £2.10 coffee which was clearly made by pure gold blend, pleased myself with tons of gifts from the local souvenir shop, dressed up as a medieval lady - pictures to come - and had an interesting chat with some of the reenactors. Today I will be enjoying a very lazy day and gain the strength to throw myself in the chaos of the capital tomorrow. Farewell.

Today has the potential to be a wonderful day: the sun is shining, I got my first payslip of the year (just about time!), received the latest Andante Travels brochure with a wide range of marvellous European and worldwide tours that set my imagination free whilst I was having a smoke in the garden, and later I will be going for a lovely walk with the boyfriend and the Italian lot. Moreover, yesterday me and the boyfriend planned an itinerary for mum’s visit to Warwickshire over Easter, and came out with quite a decent plan:

Day 1: Coventry: Herbert Museum&Art Gallery, Cathedral - we will be climbing the 180 steps of the old Cathedral’s St. Micheal’s Tower - Pic nic at the War Memorial Park.

Day 2: Birmingham city centre (Picture 5), walk by the Canal, BMAG - i.e. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - and possibly the Museum of the Jewellery quarter.

Day 3: Warwick and its wonderful castle (Picture 6), sitting on a bend of the river Avon. After that, grabbing some tea and stay over at one of the Charter House’s lovely medieval rooms (Picture 4) is an option I am deeply considering.

Day 5: Coventry: Lazy day, possibly accompanied by a walk down the Canal basin, quick tea by one of the pubs in the Medieval Spon Street and catch a play at the Herbert.

Day 6: Kenilworth castle & Elizabethan Garden (Picture 3), following ‘Clash of the Knights' (Picture 2): a reenactment of medieval knights fighting for their honour in spectacular combat displays.

Day 7: London bruv! Mama Falanga’s first visit to London will include a walk in the city centre and visits to the main attractions with particular attention to the Tower of London.

Day 8: Coombe Country Park, with the lovely Coombe Abbey (Picture 1) sitting right in the middle. After a nice walk by pretty lakes and labyrinths, we will be having tea and cake at the Abbey - now a hotel - and find out more about its supposedly haunted history. I am really tempted by the medieval banquet with typical food and bards singing as you eat they offer, but I might save that for another occasion….

And that is all folks: I am honestly quite pleased with the programme so far, but if you feel like there is anything I shall be adding, feel free to PM me!

Se credi in qualcosa di buono, fallo.
Se credi in qualcosa di vero, dillo.
Se credi in qualcosa di giusto, difendilo.
Lincolnshire 2011

Se credi in qualcosa di buono, fallo.

Se credi in qualcosa di vero, dillo.

Se credi in qualcosa di giusto, difendilo.

Lincolnshire 2011