Our friends had tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival but they couldn’t go, so fortunately for us, we got their tickets.
At the time of getting the tickets, we didn’t realise we were heading to the USA’s largest renaissance theme park. 55 acres of a 16th century European village comes alive for 8 weeks a year.
There was so much to see and do and being located almost 2 hours North of Houston half of Austin and Dallas were there too. It was HUGE and a wonderful bombardment of sights, sounds and smells.
All the shop keepers were in theme and they called us “my lord” and “my lady”
Lots of festival goers were dressed in theme too… either renaissance or this weekend’s theme of All Hallows Eve.
We did our best with a last minute raid of the dress-ups box.
There was music and dancing everywhere.
And classes on useful topics such as sword techniques.
As soon as I saw the archery I had to get some arrows and have a try.
The girl on Brave makes it look easier than it is. Rafa got a few good shots in although I don’t think any of us tickled, let alone slayed the dragon.
We met lots of interesting people.
erm… and things?
They were all super friendly. And not scary at all.
Many of our new friends gave us gifts like teeth and jewellery.
We were super impressed that the food wasn’t just the standard fair fare! Papi got stuck into a turkey leg
and we demolished the fruit!
I wasn’t as convinced as the others on the scotched egg (well the boiled egg part was okay, but I accidentally dropped it half way through).
And I have no idea how I ended up with iced witches brew (maybe because it was the only non-alcoholic drink where we stopped for a break) but there were no complaints from me!
And you’ll never guess what we stumbled upon just as we were thinking it might be time to head home…
An elephant ride!!
See… I am there in the middle!
Eventually after getting side tracked by jousting and trying to convince Mum and Papi to buy us swords and shields we made it back to the car for the big drive back to Houston.
Check it out here: Texas Renaissance Festival