This contest is clearly ending up to be between Mrs. Hardcastle and Mrs. Klemens despite the fact that I know others of you are reading. Thank you for being patient with these two.
Mrs. Hardcastle won that round. And for the record, while I love the Beatles, yes; my parents has taught us to be very musically diverse people. Just a side note in the “Getting To Know You” category.
Today, we are moving on to Stratford, which is the birthplace as well as the burial site for Shakespeare.
We took a train from London which was roughly a 2 hour ride. It is a beautiful countryside to behold.
The town has adapted itself to the presence of Shakespeare, with references to him and the plays that he wrote. The culture references his life for most everything that is present.
As you walk down the streets, there will be new, blended with historic nearly everywhere you look.
If you were just a tourist desiring to “see the sights” you could complete this objective in about two days. Most everything in this charming town is within walk distance.
It is a slow, leisurely paced lifestyle, with summer being their busy season. Students from all over the world arrive here daily by bus to study and see productions.
Aside from the 3 hotels, most everyone is housed in little bed and breakfast facilities.
In town, there is a beautiful little pastry shop where tea, pastries and lunch are served.
On my last day there, I gifted the great little couple who housed us, a “gift voucher” for the pastry shop and a card.
Liam and Michelle sent me an e-mail when I arrived home, thanking me. I had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before, and I love the personal touch.
We would share with them what time would be best for breakfast, and give our intention within their time frame.
I loved the “half past” reference, and the friendly greetings we received every morning.
In our fast paced world, I think we are robbing ourselves of a lot of potential joy by neglecting to make an intentional human connection with others.
If you ever have an opportunity to choose between a hotel and accommodations such as this, I would strongly urge you to consider the coziness a bed and breakfast has to offer.
In fact, if you’re ever planning to be in Stratford…
No phrase for today, ladies…we’ll resume play next week, mid-week.