08.09.2012 - 08.09.2012
After my 12 hour sleep, I feel refreshed and ready for tourist things. Berry and I had some breakfast and heading to Stratford upon Avon. This small town is where the famous William Shakespeare was born, lived and died here. We started the day at 9am, the weather in Redditch was getting warm so I wore summer clothes (knowing how nice it was yesterday, I could see it would be the same today). Stratford was about 40 minutes away. We drove along the country side, very beautiful I must say! So much like NZ! About half way into our road trip, it started to go a bit foggy. That was fine apart from the fog did not leave and it only got worst! We arrived at this tourist town and literally could not see for more than a meter in front of you. Berry said she has never ever seen or heard it to be like it was. So heres me in shorts and a thin cardie, not even joking I think it was about 5 degrees. I WAS FREEZING to say the least.
We got walking (I figured we could only get warmer) but I stayed cold. Because I was that cold, all I wanted was a chai latte or a warm drink. We found this awesome French café (although they had no idea what I was saying when I asked for a chai latte) but Berry and I got some hot chocolates and an apricot croissant to share. They were both delish! The hot chocolate was like pure chocolate, it warmed me up a little. We then walked outside to the cold again and wondered into the shops for warmth. At this point the fog was clearing a little and the sun was trying its best to come out! We browsed the shops, and coincidence The Script came on, so I did what I did with Newton Faulkner’s song, pretended to look at more and when It finished, we left. J wondering in and out of many shops, it was truly getting warmer and more bearable. We then walked (with the crowd) to Shakespeare’s birthing place. We didn’t go in because of the crowd and we had other things to do within the day. On the way there, there was this statue. He was dressed to look like William himself but it was one of those ones where you put some coins in and get a photograph with them. So I did, being the tourist and all. Berry said, be careful, sometimes they turn and scare tourists. I was like yeah yeah yeah. I went up and went to hold his hand, he was so still and didn’t even look real, until he literally turned around to me super fast and said “boo”. I have never been so scared. Berry got awesome photos of this, I will show you. Anyway, got a pic and wondered off. He had his eye on me though. I then went to this thing where you place your head in the hole and it looks funny. Yeah, not that funny when this statue thing is running after me and I couldn’t see him but everyone around could! He came up to my face and again gave me one hell of a flight! It was not cool. he was way to sneaky!
We then got some pics in front of William’s house and then headed to his grave in this GORGEOUS church! It was just stunning. There lay William himself, his wife Anne and daughter. It was so peaceful and very busy. By this time the fog had cleared and it was a beautiful day! We wondered along the river and looked at the swans, the super large trees and the boat races that were happening. I then saw an tourist shop and stopped to get a key chain and a shot glass. I figured I am going to get a shot class from every town / city I go to then place them all on a board when I get back home. They will come in handy with all the loose parties we have and each glass will have a story behind it.
From here we went to Anne Hathaway cottage (this is William’s wife) which was lovely, got some pictures and then headed home for lunch (at 3pm) and a chill out afternoon. Got to say all the walking is getting me a little tired but I can blame it on the jet lag a little. I’m not as jet lagged as I thought I would be though.
Shannon - if you are reading this, there are so many of those beautiful tress I was obsessed with at Palmers. Remember the ones I had to ask Lorry about 5 times the name of them. They are so rich in dark purple leaves and everywhere. I am definitely going to have some when I am rich and own a house later in life. J