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Sep 11 ~ Day #124
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Current Location: Coventry, UK
Today’s Total Expenses: $6.28
Transportation: $6.28 (£4.00 parking)
Miles Traveled Today:
Road: 34 (Coventry to Stratford Upon Avon and back to Coventry)
E offered to give us a tour around Coventry and also Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and we gratefully accepted.
One of our first stops was at the statue of Lady Godiva who is well known for riding naked through the streets of Coventry as a protest against British taxes.
The shell of the original Coventry Cathedral is still impressive even as a ruin. It is over 900 years old. The newer part is much more modern and yet they seem to compliment each other very well.
Holy Trinity Church
We also visited Holy Trinity Church which was under renovation and had some amazing ceiling paintings.
William Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Then it was on to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. As I have always enjoyed Shakespeare it was an amazing experience for me.
It is so amazing to me to be in a place that several hundred years ago such people actually walked these streets and, in some cases, little has changed.
It was here in Stratford that E treated us to a cream tea, also known as Devonshire Tea, but as we were not in Devon, it is simply called a Cream Tea.
It was, of course, tea (I chose Earl Grey tea, my all time favorite), scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserves. It was in a quaint little tea shop and we had to wait quite a while for a table as it was a very small, yet very popular, place.
We all took our time an savored our cream tea. It was very special for me as this was the first time I had experienced a real, British cream tea.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Our next stop was Anne Hathaway’s cottage not far from Stratford.
Anne Hathaway was, of course, the wife of William Shakespeare. The cottage was her family home.
Unlike Shakespeare’s birthplace, which is pretty much in the center of town, Anne Hathaway’s is in a more country setting with beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding the house.
Again, I find it amazing to see how people lived hundreds of years ago. I have no idea how they managed without the modern conveniences that we are used to, but they did manage and they seemed to manage quite well.
Many thanks to E for taking us on this wonderful outing.