Monday, April 25, 2011

Adventures In England--Day 37

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Let me see...how do I sum up today???
How about bus ride, bus ride, train ride, train ride, Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was such a LONG day of traveling! Before we went to our hotel room on Saturday evening, we made sure to check the train times so we could get back into England. We were wanting to explore the Cotswolds and some of Shakespeare's stomping grounds. We got to the train station right before 7:00am, right before we thought the first train would go out, and we were the only people walking around through the station. Finally, a worker came out and asked us where we were going. We explained to him where we would like to go and he just looked at us and said, "It's Easter Sunday and pretty much all of the lines are closed for today and tomorrow. If you want to leave, you'll have to take a bus but the bus doesn't leave for another hour and a half." We hated what we heard but we had no choice but to head back to our hotel, enjoy a nice sit down breakfast, explore Glasgow a little more and come back when the bus was heading out. Well, like I said earlier we took 2 bus rides and 2 train rides and about 10 hours later we finally pulled in to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Right outside of the station, we found the cutest bed in breakfast to stay at, Emsley Guest House.
We dropped our things off in our room and we went out to explore the town. We had been couped up all day just trying to get here so there was no stopping us from walking around and exploring a little bit. The town was so adorable...thatched roofs, half-timbered homes, a river down the middle of the town and cobblestone streets to walk down. We were recommended dinner at The Garrick Inn, which is the oldest pub in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The pub was 400+ years old!! It couldn't have been a better recommendation...we couldn't get over the inside of the restaurant, all the history that was on the walls and the food was amazing! We were pretty fortunate that they would even serve us so late on Easter Sunday. We were the last group to be served food that night! After dinner, we were on a mission to find the birthplace of William Shakespeare. He was born here, died in a nearby house and is even buried in a chapel in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shakespeare is definitely a worldwide famous poet but in Stratford-Upon-Avon, he is a notch above all the other famous poets. The town has kept that quaint feel and has put a lot of effort into making everything appear how it would have appeared back in his time.

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