Thursday, June 21, 2001
Guildford-to-Stratford: “Now entering the Edwards Zone!”
We all enjoy a nice “lie in”, as the plan today is for a leisurely drive from Julian and Jenny’s in Guildford to the Alveston Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before we hit the road, we mail a few postcards to the kids and other family/friends. Julian takes us past Jenny’s workplace, a huge “leisure centre”, containing all manner of exercise and recreational activities, from workout equipment to a bowling alley! It’s huge… Kathy would probably spend 4-5 hours a day here!
Okay! Road trip to Stratford!!
After we get away from London, we head towards the Cotswolds. Playing “the alphabet game” along the way makes the 2-hour drive go by quickly! It’s obvious when we hit the Cotswolds… the scenery and sights are “sooooooooooopah”!
Personally… I think it’s the company. 🙂
Julian makes the turn up to Broadway Tower, the highest spot in the Cotswolds, with a “folly” medieval tower (built in the late 1700s) atop it. We climb it, amid red deer and Highland Cattle (a “shaggy cousin” of my beloved Texas Longhorn!), and are greeted with spectacular views!!!
You can read more about my other visits to the Tower here: Broadway Tower - A Cotswolds Folly
Tons and tons of pictures… and we continue into Broadway.
Finally we arrive in Stratford at the Alveston Manor, a 450-year-old hotel steeped in Shakespearean looks and traditions. It is incredible!!! The grounds of the hotel will require a ton of photos on their own…
John, Marianne, and Mark arrive at about 8:30pm for a huge dinner in the hotel. We give them the presents we brought and have a great time laughing and talking until late in the evening!
Exhausted… we go to bed!!! 🙂