Beyond these gates was an enchanted forest
full of people having a grand time.
Interesting folks inhabited the woods. They filled it with music –
death defying acts –
and heroism and courage. It was a place to meet interesting people: knights sweltering in late September heat –
a queen and her ladies-in-waiting relaxing under the shade of an oak tree –
-vendors whose welcoming smiles lend charm to their goodies.
There were souvenir shops where one could buy medieval themed products.
There were rides and other entertainments for the young and old.
Closing time came too quickly, but not before my children snagged their favorite souvenir – a wooden sword for each one. I took as many digital (and mental pictures) as I can. As we plodded our way back to our car, tired and exhausted, I exclaimed several times how much of a great time I had. Perhaps, next year, we will be in this extraordinary place again.