Thursday, May 14, 2009

Part II - Touristy Stuff

We were loaded up yesterday and set off through the English countryside. Mostly driving - with a little bit of sight-seeing thrown in for good measure. Motoring through quaint, quiet villages on a giant lumbering coach/bus was slightly ironic, but comfy for the jet-lagged among us. (I'm doing surprisingly well - I do not envy myself the trip home, however!)

We began with a trip to Oxford / Oxford University, where the college we were set to visit was closed. We instead walked in the misty, moisty weather for one, long hour looking at various gargoyles, plaques and doors. (Seriously, lots of doors!)

Then back to the coach for a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. No pictures of his birthplace - not allowed. And not many others, due to the fact that something from my English breakfast didn't agree with me, and set me sick for the lunch hour. (I'll spare the gorey details.)

Then, pile in the coaches and drive to Warwick (pronounced War-ick) Castle. A mideval structure with Tudor and Victorian diplays. (Something I didn't quite understand...) (Also, note the crazy hair! A by-product of incredibly humid English weather!)Then, a 2.5 hour ride back to London - I napped. After which I headed with a classmate to The London Pub and had my first taste of cyder as well as authentic fish and chips. Quite tasty.

The evening ended badly when I thought my credit card had been put on hold due to international charges - however, it turned out that this was the fault of the London Underground System and not Visa's. Sleep came quickly and morning too soon. Stay tuned for Part III!

p.s. I also had a mostly full memory card through most of the day and was very stingy with my pictures. There are more exciting ones coming - I promise!


Anonymous said...

Amazing! Try to have some clotted cream. I read an article about it and am very curious. : )

pat ve said...

Very interesting--the things you saw, the things you weren't allowed to take pictures of, and the place you were supposed to be able to get into. (Oops--I ended that sentence with a preposition.)

Hope tomorrow will be a little better for your stomach, and that you will enjoy your next adventure.

Interesting that when I get up in the morning, you'll probably be half through your day. Do you miss your dogs?

Dennis and Valerie said...

I'm so glad you're blogging this! Keep it up, I'm looking forward to the next installment! :)