Wednesday, July 21, 2010

London Tour July 21, 2010

Today we took a very crowded "coach" tour with Evan Evans Guided tours.
We went first to Oxford, beginning with Christchurch College. This is where the
famous dining room from Harry Potter was inspired. It was also the home of Lewis Carroll and many of the characters and places in Alice in Wonderland were based on people and places here.
Our next drive was through the Cotswold - home of thatched roof homes and 42 registered witches!
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. We viewed a presentation about him and walked through his house.
Our last stop was the fairy tale-like.Warwick Castle.
The castle is being managed by a private company and so had somewhat of
an.amusement park undertone. But we were able to go see the jail and oubliette as well
as authentic clothing, furniture, paintings and weapons. The grounds are beautiful with a river and waterfall.
Upon returning to our hotel we grabbed a seat at a local pub for fish and chips.

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