Sun 22/7/07 12:21pm
Today is our evan evans 1 day tour day to Warwick, Stratford and Oxford.
Visited our first destination of the day- War wick castle, after much of an action pack morning. We were running from exits to exits for our dear life after discovering that we got the coach pick up point wrong and we won't sure which exit of victoria station the coach was waiting at. Not to forget we were running with our donut breakfast at hand. look so stupid and unglam. haha.
donut shop near our hostel.
War wick castle was simply breath-taking. Went up to the 2 towers- Guy's and Caesar's tower, followed by the king maker's wax exhibit and the state room. A pity we couldn't visit the dungeon and the ghost tower due to time constraint.
Along the way, the scenary was just so green and beautiful. Even the clouds have unique and special patterns. Animals can be spotted grazing every now and then. The buildings also maintain their medieval look. It's just so awesome.
Next stop is shakespeare's birthplace- Stratford. Looking forward to my 10 pound roast beef lunch which is included in our tour package for today!!
Leaving stratford for lunch. Visited the exhibition/museum on shakespeare's life and the house that he was borned and grew up in. The garden was really pretty and the house was really cosy (the rooms) and the house was big on the whole. A little white washed house of a glove maker. A pity we can't take any pictures. Felt a little left out of the atmosphere. It's so artsy of which i seriously lack. The whole town seem like a picture freezed in medieval times. Little cottages. Really gorgeous. Now for the roast beef!!
Lunch was a dismay. 3 thin film of beef was what was claimed as roast beef. Was picturing a mouth watering thick piece of succulent meat. Driving to oxford now. Fell asleep on the coach. Drove through Cotswold which is just like stratford.A beautiful town of medieval houses. Brick houses ranging from khaki yellow to bright red. Came across a house with unique 'straw' thatched roof. Certainly the very very few that is left.
According to the guide cots mean sheaps and wold refers to lil hills. so yeah the place really explains the name. Along the way were rows after rows of green land with lil sheeps or even herds grazing. Buildings in town just burst into the picture of greenery every now and then as our coach sped past.
Passed by a monument that commerates the 3 martyrs that died (burned alive on a stake) at Oxford during Queen Mary's reign, in her attempt to restore cathocism in England. Sadly i couldnt get a picture of it due to the angle the bus was at. argh.
Christchurch college in Oxford was awesome as expected. Georgian architecture and exuding a very scholarly air about it. Visted its main hall and cathedral. The cathedral was very much like SAC just even better. With more tainted glass windows depicting picture of the saints as well as bronze statues etc. It feels so rich and historical and serene.
The hall was another jaw-dropping sight. haha. It is very much like the one seen in harry potter. In fact it is where it is filmed. haha. Parts of Hogwarts was taken from christchurch. How I envy the people who have the brain capacity to study in such a place. I wanna be here studying in oxford too! haha oh well. Anyway that's all for our day trip today. Back in London at 7pm. Went to hard rock cafe as david wanna get himself a shot glass. Dinner was at this place called burger shack. Not too shabby but sadly the food wasn't that great. Today's weather is really super chilly.