イギリス旅行、ロンドン郊外のお城見学で芸能人に遭遇!?

 

 

 

 

 

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Hever Castleの庭園内には

芸能人も利用するおしゃれなカフェテリアがある!


ロンドン郊外のケント州セブンオークスに住んでいるイギリス人の友人に連れられ、セブンオークスから30分、ロンドンから1時間半のところにあるヒーバー城Hever Castleにやってきました。

ここはヘンリー8世の二番目の奥さんのアンボイリンが生まれたお城で由緒あるお城です。
何度かイギリスへ行っていますが、お城へ入ったのはエジンバラ城に続きこれで2度め。昔のお部屋や衣装、小物などが数々展示されていました。ちょっと神戸の異人館を彷彿させるような展示物でした。

そしてお城を見た後はランチタイム。
庭園内には古いお城とは対照的に最近出来たようなモダンなカフェテリアがあり、サンドイッチやスープといった軽食から、本格的な料理まで用意されていて、自分でトレーを持って注文して料理をいただくというレストランでした。(結構こういうカフェテリア形式のお店はロンドンや他の地域でも多かったです)
長女はニョッキ、私は野菜の煮込みを注文し、とってもおいしいというバカでかいバナナケーキも注文してそのほか友人が家から持ってきた食べ物とあわせて皆で食べました。

 

イギリスはアメリカと比べて小柄な人が多いので、食事の量もそんなに日本と変わらないくらいだと思うのですが、たまにじゃがいもがとてつもなく大きかったり、お皿にどっさり盛られていることもあります。食べ物をある程度持ってきてるのにどんどん注文するので食べられるかしら?と不安になるほどでした。

天気も良くて暖かいので屋外のテーブルで食べていると、ずっと遠くのテーブルになんと007のジェームスボンドの上司役で出演している、イギリスでは知らない人はいないくらい有名な女優、Judy Denchがいるというんです。どうもこの近くに住んでいるらしく、お友達と長い時間外のテーブルでゆったりと過ごしているといった感じでした。結局Judyの帰り際に、友人がうちの長女と彼女の子供たちを連れてJudyに話しかけに行きました。私も一緒に行けばよかったと後から後悔。写真も上手く撮れてませんでした。一緒に行った友人の息子さんは「あ~サインもらっとけば良かった~」と言っていました。2

 

食事が終わるとこの庭園のもう一つの目玉であるWater Maze(水の迷路)へ!彫刻や植物がキレイな庭園を通って一番奥にあるWater Mazeに到着。水が飛び出してくるものとそうじゃないコンクリートの板が何枚も迷路のように水面の上に置かれていて、いかに濡れずに通るかという遊びです。

水が出てくるコンクリ板を上手にまたはゆっくり踏むと少ししか出なかったり遅れて出てきたりするのでそれを上手く避けて通り抜けるところがかなり楽しい!長女はあっという間にいなくなり、友人の子供たちもキャアキャア大騒ぎ。

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次女も一緒に行きたいようで、簡単なところに連れて行ってやると自分もドンドン行きたいと何度連れ戻しても勝手に歩いて行ってしまう始末。やっと長女をみつけたと思ったらズボンの下半分はびしょ濡れ。それでなくても洗濯しないと着替えがないというのにどうするつもりなの!かなりの時間楽しく遊んでいました。

 

 

 

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    marimarin

    大好きなミュージシャンがいるイギリスに行きたくて、アルバイトをしてお金を貯めてその地を踏んでからもううん十年。 結婚して子供もいてなかなか思い通りにはなりませんが、それでも数年ごとにイギリス旅行を満喫しています。 現地にはイギリス人の友達もいて、異文化も楽しみながら新しいイギリスを発見しています。 イギリスでの楽しかったこと、苦しかったこと、あり得ない体験談、役に立つ情報などをお届けしたいと思っています。 夢はいつか移住をすることです!