Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, London April-May 2017
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (memoir)
- Anne Hathaway's Cottage
- Shakespeare's Birthplace
- Shakespeare's New Place
- Hall's Croft
- Mary Arden's Farm
- Stratford Butterfly Farm (memoir)
- Royal Shakespeare Company (memoir)
- Church of the Holy Trinity
- Cancer Charity Bike Shop
- St. Mary & the Holy Cross church
- Warwick Castle
- Panda Sanctuaries (memoir)
- VisitBath (memoir)
- The Roman Baths
- Fashion Museum
- Bath Abbey
- Bath City Sightseeing Tour
- The Circus
- No. 1 Royal Crescent
- Stonehenge (memoir)
We spent just over one month in England!
A majority of our time was spent in Stratford-upon-Avon where we did a 3-week house sit for two Jack Russell Terriers and their beautiful garden. Famous for being William Shakespeare’s hometown, our three Springtime weeks in Stratford were full of the man himself. We enjoyed visits to the Stratford Butterfly Farm, Royal Shakespeare Company, the five Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses, and we even got to celebrate his 453rd birthday on the same street where he was born and raised! Because we didn’t have a car, we purchased two bikes from the Cancer Charity Bike Shop just outside of town. The bikes were really great for sight-seeing and helping us get exercise, and we figured our money was much better off supporting a charity.
After our house sit ended, we rented a car and headed straight to Bath, where we were invited to stay at two Panda Sanctuaries apartments and explored the city courtesy of VisitBath and BathNES.
As we left Bath and headed toward London, we were invited by English Heritage to make a pit-stop at Stonehenge (!!!) which I’ve been fascinated by since I was a kid.
In London, we stayed two nights free at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square from points and achieved Gold Elite status! (Yay for the coming year of high-speed internet, room upgrades, and executive lounge access! 😀 ) The view from our room was breathtaking. We then transferred to Park Plaza County Hall London, who invited us to stay a night in their Junior Suite. The view from our 12th-floor room? You guessed it: breathtaking! Can’t.Even…
From both hotels, we were able to explore London by foot and bike and see many of London’s iconic landmarks.
Our last night in London was spent at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel near the airport, which we stayed at for free by using our annual Marriott Rewards Visa free stay certificate.
Cheers to a great time in England as first-time visitors. We look forward to exploring more of the UK someday!
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