"DAY 4 Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon" Warwick Travelogue by kathycollins
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We left Westham Guesthouse and retraced our journey from last evening to Stratford-upon-Avon. We parked again at the visitors center parking lot. We walked around the town (using a free map from a hop on/hop off bus tour...why would anyone use such a tour in such a compact town???)
We headed for Willliam Shakespeare's birthplace as that seemed to be a logical place to start! Outside the strumming troubadours lended an air of tranquility to the scene. We had the street mostly to ourselves since we were there as the shops and sites were opening. As fascinating as the Elizabethan village and buildings are, my favorite part will always be the lovely gardens!
In addition to the birthplace , we saw Nash house, the home of the Bard's granddaughter, and New Place - which isn't so new - it was demolished a couple hundred years ago!!
The 2 Royal Shakespeare Theatres in town are well worth seeing. I'll cherish the memory of learning to understand Shakespeare better by seeing it acted by people who really UNDERSTAND the play!
Next we went to Anne Hathaway's Cottage - a dream of a thatched roof cottage. The guide there was a charming gentleman who told stories and entertained with his descriptions of the house and environment of the times.
And the gardens there contained not only a modern pleasure garden but a real kitchen and herb garden! The gardener in me loved it!
Leaving Stratford we headed back to Warwick to spend the afternoon at Warwick castle. This is the Disneyland of Castles - a really entertainment oriented presentation to make history come alive and seem more palatable to even the most uninterested of pre-adulescents - with plenty to see for all ages.
The wax figures of the Kingmaker presentation make the story come alive. The dungeons and turture chamber seemed a popular? destination, but we skipped that one!
The staterooms and great hall exhibit bits of history. The Royal Weekend Party - a trip through Victorian pomp and pleasure! The Mound is a reconstructed pair of towers and part of the original wall - and the over view is worth climing up the steps!
But once again, my favorite areas are the gardens. While the Victorian rose garden was in early bud and not yet blooming, the Peacock garden is lovely!
By the time we left the castle, we were starving, and headed forthefirst pub we saw, which happened to be the Roebuck. We had a very nice pub meal and headed back along the streets of Warwick to explore.
When we happened to find a little alleyway called market place, we found a joy! The Tearooms look like something from decades past. We could not resist tea and cake. The cakes, scones, and breads are all homemade and absolutley delicious! This was an unanticipated pleasure! We bought cookies, bread, and goodies for tomorrow's picnic, as well as marmalade to take home.
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