Monday, May 21, 2012

"You Don't Frighten Us English Pig Dogs!"

On Saturday Grace, Ashley, Kassandra and I made our way to a Monty Python and the Holy Grail Mecca - Doune Castle! We decided to walk, which turned out to be very picturesque, and also very long! I walked up to campus to meet them, which took about an hour, and then the walk from there to Doune Castle was about seven miles. So, needless to say, we were very pleased when we saw Doune from across the hills!

Doune Castle was used to film two scenes of the film: the French taunting scene and the swamp castle scenes. The castle's audio guide even had Monty Python options to explain which areas of the castle were used! Check out some of the clips with the castle below:

Aside from the Monty Python coolness, Doune is probably my favorite castle that I toured in Scotland. The audio guide was amazing, and made it easier to imagine how all the cold, empty stone rooms would have actually been when they were in use! I love when history seems to come alive around you!

After the castle we walked into the actual town of Doune, and Grace and I munched on some very tasty macaroons as we waited for the bus to take us back to Stirling. Once home, we made "homesick tacos" since all of us are craving Mexican food from the US!

In the words of the French knights: "Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!" :)

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