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Even if we have the worst summer in many years, it rains a lot and is relatively cold (15°C most of the time), from time to time the sun does come out. We cherish these moments and try to make the best use of them. Last Sunday we managed to experience some sun intervals walking in the gardens of Castle Howard north of York.
Except for the Castle Howard in the far right, in the foreground you can see the Atlas Fountain by John Thomas (sculptor).

SPECIAL DEDICATION
This photo is dedicated to emka who hoped to visit this castle but she did not manage to do that on her last trip to the UK. It is there for inspiration to visit here again.

ABOUT THE CASTLE
Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, 24 km north of York. One of the grandest private residences in Britain, most of it was built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh. Although Castle Howard was built near the site of the ruined Henderskelfe Castle, it is not a true castle, but this term is often used for English country houses constructed after the castle-building era (c. 1500) and not intended for a military function. The house is surrounded by a large estate which, at the time of the 7th Earl of Carlisle, covered over 5,300 ha.

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