The stone church itself is handsome. In a tiny courtyard, local people were having a break in warm sunshine.
|Door on the side|
|Mike is ready for climb!|
|Narrower and steeper|
In fact, we were close to the top.
|Italian girl jumping with a joy to be here!|
|Hungry herring gulls|
|Steeper side of the hill.|
We knew that the castle site was closed today. They only open weekends before April. But I insisted that we would go to the gate and look inside, Mike said,' Why? Are you going to rattle the gate?' I said 'You stay here, and I will go by myself.' Of course, he followed me.
We had another small climb. and suddenly about 3 meters of down. We were there in front of a metal gate. I slipped my hand holding a camera through a space, and took a photo, anyway.
|This is my glimps from the gate.|
What happened next was unbelievable! A young man appeared from the inside, opened the gate, and told us that we could come in and see the castle. He was expecting a school trip, so we could well come and see as well! ! ! We thanked him, and I told him 'Today was our wedding anniversary, but most of places are closed. You made our day!'. I wanted to hug him and planted kisses on his cheek, but restrained myself to show my way of gratitude.
It was wonderful. There were two elderly couples already looking the site. Tranquil and peaceful. Sun was shining.
|Looking down on the chapel|
|The remains of a suriving tower|
This castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1066 just after The Battle of Hastings. In 1287, some months of storms collapsed a large part of the castle into the sea and it was abandoned.
There were dotted plaques and explanation boards. One caught my eye was this.
|The stone came from the castle in the town where William the Conqueror was born.|
This is the photo of a part of Bayeux Tapestry, in which the chapel once stood here on this castle ground was, some expert believe, stitched on.
When the young man brought a school trip, Mike thanked him with a big thumb up from a distance, and we let ourselves out from the gate now open.
We congratulated our good luck. We decided to climb down to seaside.