36 years old….I remember being 19 and having to go to the doctor for inflammation of my joints. He said, “You may have RA but we will not be able to truly tell if this is the case until you are around 25.” 25! That is years from now; at least that is what I thought at the time. But time him flown by and it’s hard to recall all of the memories made. ( I am find by the way, no RA)
I turned 36 on this trip, it was quiet and spent with my long time friend and her family in the quiet countryside of Derbyshire. Where is Derbyshire, you may ask? Unfortunately, I still can not answer that question with certainty. Without using google, I think it is in the middle of England, this portion of my trip was left up to Robin to plan. Glad to be among friends after a week of traveling solo, we headed northeast from their house in England.
The kids and I play hangman, take naps and chat. A few hours later and a few missteps and wrong turns along the way, we arrive in Bolsover. Have you ever seen the movie, “Hot Fuzz”? NO, stop reading and watch it on Netflix, it’s hilarious. I will be here when you get back. This town was much like the town in Hot Fuzz: small, quiet, country and pristine. There is little to do here besides visit the local castle, Bolsover Castle, eat, and drink, which I am ok with.
“Bolsover Castle is a castle in Bolsover, Derbyshire, England. It was built in the early 17th century by the Cavendish family, on the site of a medieval castle founded in the 12th century by the Peverel family.” -Wikipedia (thanks Wikipedia).
This castle is unlike most tourist places, the history is laid out and presented beautifully in the old horse stables, there are not a million tourist covering the grounds, and inside the castle there are no velvet ropes to keep you out of certain rooms, rooms are bare with no furniture; this allows you to look into closets and the hidden spaces. You can roam freely and chat with the one “guard/guide” that is present but beware he is a talkative fellow but very knowledgeable and kind. All of the paint, artwork and ceiling murals are original and breath taking.
You can spend hours here walking the grounds, reading about the history and exploring the ruins. We had been traveling most of the day so it was time to return to our lodgings for the evening and head to dinner. The following day will take us to Chatworth House which is probably one of the most grande homes I have ever seen.
* To learn more about Bolsover Castle visit their website. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bolsover-castle