September 8, 2014

1000 Places: Sissinghurst Castle Gardens


Simply stated, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens can be described as tranquil and inspiring. I really wasn't expecting much from this part of our trip to England considering I knew ahead of time that there'd be no actual castle at this destination. And there wasn't y'all. No castle to speak of. It's pretty much ruins. But I think me expecting so little is what allowed me to be blown away by what these gardens had to offer.

They seemed to go on forever. There are many sections of the gardens, and if you ever get a chance to visit you'll know what I mean by that. You enter one section then venture into the next then the next then the next, and after a while you start to wonder if there's an end or if you've lost yourself entirely in the beauty of nature. And along with these many gardens, there are multiple paths and trails that take you around the entire estate, which we, unfortunately, didn't have time to explore.

I loved these gardens. Walking around all the flowers and plants and trees had a huge calming effect and allowed me to truly reflect and appreciate what I had. It made me realize just how fortunate I was to have been able to go on this trip and be able to share these experiences with my mom. And along with the calm, I felt so inspired here. I'm typically very shy with my camera and don't like to get to artsy with it when I'm in public. But here, I broke out of my comfort zone and found myself kneeling down, waiting for people to move so I could get the perfect shot, and not really caring if people were wondering what the hell I was doing to get the angle I was looking for. And because I felt so comfortable I was able to get some pretty cool shots of this place. It was hard for me to narrow it down to these photos to share because there are so many that I love.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens was one of my favorite moments of our trip. It felt so authentically English and understated in the best way possible. When you plan your visit, I recommend planning it for the summer as that's when everything is in bloom. I also would suggest allowing ample time here so you can enjoy the many sections of the garden and take a walk along one of the many trails.


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