Saturday, July 04, 2015

Prunetto castle

On July 4, we woke up on the late side and had to scurry to get ready. We dosed the kids with Dramamine and made a quick trip downtown. J and the kids went to the grocery store, and I caught a quick cappuccino and then bought some celebratory pastries from the bread/pastry shop. We dropped the groceries at home, took some pastries in the car, and headed to the Prunetto castle for an 11am appt. Z was so tired from the travel medicine that he was dragging his feet the whole way up to the castle. It was another hot day. 
J & S are farther ahead. 

Poor Z couldn't wake up. He was really drugged. 

Here is the inner court of the castle. 

Some beds on which soldiers used to sleep. Not very comfortable looking!

You can see into the next room with a princess and her ladies in waiting. 


J and our tour guide. 

The dragon which guarded the castle. 

A reenactment of lunch time. 

There was some story of a guy who kidnapped a lady who loved him. The lady's father wanted to see his daughter again, so he offered the guy as much land as he could cover in 3 days. He kept track of the land by putting bricks on the ground. He went through three horses. He ended up with a ton of land and they lived happily ever after. 

The colors. The yellow and red represent soldiers in the Crusades wiping away blood. I forget what the yellow and black represent. 

The castle would create silk and sell the fabric. They cultivated the silk with silk worms. 

There were curtains on the bed so that the people didn't inhale smoke from the burning candles. 

Another part of the crew. You can see the emblem above the doorway- the middle of it was blown away in the 2nd world war. 

A bunch of swords. From the left is a 1 handed sword, a 1.5 handed sword, and a two handed sword. 

Some other fun weapons. The crossbow was able to pierce armor. 

Three different versions of armor. 

A frescoe in a meeting room. 

A wooden high chair which converts into a stroller. 

The yellow object was used to warm beds. 

A long rolling pin, which our guide said was used to beat husbands arriving home late, along with being used in the kitchen. 

This beam didn't look very well supported. 

Mules were used heavily by the army. These tools were used to help take care of them.  

You can see mule gas masks hanging up. 


The top floor was made of glass so you could see very far down below. 

We were lucky to be the only ones on the English tour. A large group of bikers showed up after us. 
The guides showed us a room where the dragon lived, but unfortunately the dragon was out for the day. It was z and s's favorite part of the tour. 

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