Saturday, July 28, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP Day 6: Part 3: Stratford Upon Avon- the B&B, Gardens

White Sails Bed and Breakfast
After Blenheim Palace we drove to Stratford-Upon-Avon, better known as the town that William Shakespeare comes from.
DRIVING - Getting there was a challenge. Its a good thing we had a GPS unit. From Blenheim Palace, the town was supposed to be 35 miles. But it was 35 miles through winding roads, where vegetation grew as thick shrubbery to heights of 9 or 10 feet high. That meant on these roads just barely wide enough for two compact cars, there was nowhere to move over if there was a truck or wider car coming!!!
  My (Rob) first instinct was to hug the curb, and driving on the left was weird enough, so I went over a couple of curbs going 50 mph. Of course, when Tom tells the story he says that I also ran over some mailboxes and bicyclists (which I didn't). We DID make it safely, though, and just lost 10 pounds in sweating on the drive!

White Sails - the amazing bathroom in the rooms!
   WHITE SAILS BED AND BREAKFAST - We had the pleasure of staying one night at this absolutely beautiful Bed and Breakfast. If you ever go- stay there!  It's located at 85 Evesham Rd  Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9BE, United Kingdom. From their website: "White - Sails is a boutique style luxury b&b offering five contemporary, air-conditioned, ensuite bedrooms." The owners are wonderful, accommodating and super friendly. Breakfast was great and we enjoyed the common area, too. Here are a couple of pictures.

      STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - Many of the things in the town were about Shakespeare including his childhood home, his daughter's home, a museum, a monument, a tavern he used to frequent and more. Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham. 
A Front Yard Garden We thought was beautiful
  It is the largest and most populous town of the District of Stratford-on-Avon, and uses the term "upon" to indicate that it covers a much larger area than the town itself.
  HOW OLD IS IT? Stratford has Anglo-Saxon origins, and grew up as a market town in medieval times. The original charters of the town were granted in 1196, making Stratford officially over 800 years old.

LITTLE FRONT YARD GARDENS - We were very taken by the little front yard gardens that people planted. They were ornate, linear, well-groomed and beautiful. The English know how to do gardens!

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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