I've mentioned before, when Belle was little all she wanted to be was Cinderella. She had the entire Golden Book of Cinderella memorized word for word before the age of three. Honest. That girl can memorize. The joys of dyslexia. She wore out three Cinderella costumes before the age of eight and her favorite saying was "It's a dream come true."
And every little girl wants to live in a castle.
Besides, the plethora of reality shows would not exist if we didn't love peering into other people's lives. Especially the lives of people who are wealthier and more important/famous than we are. (Although wealth and importance are relative and usually not what Reality TV would like us to believe.)
So back in October I went to a wedding in a castle. In Colorado.
It was built as a private home but it does have a moat so it is fortified and truly qualifies as a real castle.
Here are a few pics from that visit- it was gorgeous:
And here are some pics from that visit:
And last week I went to Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs. This was also built as a private home but was never "fortified" so I think it might be considered a castle-wanna-be. But still it is a beautiful and large historical building.
The period furniture had details that we can only dream of, never to be found at Ikea or Pier One.
But the most interesting part of the castle to me was the servant's quarters.
They were on the fourth floor and were tiny. The ceiling height was probably 5 1/2 feet and the door jambs were even lower. I'm only 5'3" and could not have walked through a door without ducking.
Also, there was no heat. None. I know heat rises but I can assure you that those rooms were not warm on the cold day that I visited.The castle was originally built with steam heat but there wasn't a radiator in sight in the servant's quarters .
Bottom line? It must have really sucked to be a servant.
And then because three castles in two months got me to thinking, I started checking to see what other castles there are in Colorado.
Turns out there was another one right in Colorado Springs. Glen Eyrie. I drove by but wasn't able to stay for the inside tour. But honey! It looks like a real castle in every sense of the word. Can't wait to go back.
And for what looks to be the best castle of them all....¡¡Mira!!
Tickets are already purchased for the Breckenridge Ice Castle.
Doesn't this look amazing??
I cannot wait. Except I have to. We won't be able to get there until after January 1.
But that's okay. Something to look forward to.