The Kobylkas in Europe

Written by 8:37 pm 2014

Crediton I

On our trips we see palaces, castles, works of art, monuments, museums, friends and family. What is Alex’s favorite part of all our trips: playing with Rosie who is a working farm dog at the B&B we stay in Crediton. This stay is our fourth thus far and Rosie has been the highlight of each trip for Alex.
We visited Castle Drogo today. Not really a "castle" but more of a house built to look like a castle from the outside.
We visited Castle Drogo today. Not really a “castle” but more of a house built to look like a castle from the outside.
Castle Drogo is undergoing massive repair work.  The owner, Julius Drewe, made a vast fortune in retail and built the castle. He overruled the architect's (Sir Edwin Lutyens) design and ended up causing significant water damage from improper drainage. Alex said Mr. Drewe was, "smart but not wise." He also thought he was narcissistic. Could be, but he had a good eye for choosing property.
Castle Drogo is undergoing massive repair work. The owner, Julius Drewe, made a vast fortune in retail and built the castle. He overruled the architect’s (Sir Edwin Lutyens) design and ended up causing significant water damage from improper drainage. Alex said Mr. Drewe was, “smart but not wise.” He also thought he was narcissistic. Could be, but he had a good eye for choosing property.
There is scaffolding around nearly all of the structure. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Castle Drogo, great story behind it and it was well presented. We spent more than two hours touring the castle and grounds.
There is scaffolding around nearly all of the structure. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Castle Drogo, great story behind it and it was well presented. We spent more than two hours touring the castle and grounds.
One of many beautiful vistas from the Castle.
One of many beautiful vistas from the Castle.
Alex's "panorama" photo.
Alex’s “panorama” photo.
My first overseas trip was to teach at Queen Elizabeth's School in Crediton, Devon. Alex and I visited the school at the end of the day.
My first overseas trip was to teach at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, Devon. Alex and I visited the school at the end of the day.
QES is a big school so I couldn't get it all in one photo. We also visited my cooperating teacher Robin Langhorne today and we'll stop by again tomorrow. A busy and fun day!
QES is a big school so I couldn’t get it all in one photo. We also visited my cooperating teacher Robin Langhorne today and we’ll stop by again tomorrow. A busy and fun day!
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