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July 31

Today we had planned to go to Hay-on-Wye, an amazing book town in Wales, but around 1:30 AM I realized the bus and train were not jiving very nicely.  We wouldn’t have arrived till about an hour before the stores closed :(

So early this morning Lauren, Jordan and I had a conference and changed our plans to Stratford-upon-Avon.  It was worth it! Our first stop was the birthplace of Shakespeare.  Here we were able to walk through the house where he was born and lived and is now decorated with time-period pieces.  Then Lauren, Jordan, and Dalton wanted to get a pipe so we stopped at a tobacco store.  They attempted to smoke it once we got back to Oxford, but apparently they had no idea what they were doing.  Lauren found a video on youtube explaining exactly how to pack it later so they are going to try again later haha

Then we visited Hall’s Croft, which was the home of Shakespeare’s daughter and her doctor husband.  It was quite large and spacious for the time, largely due to her husband’s wealth as a doctor.  Next we went to Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare attended and was buried.  This church has very interesting architecture.  The main aisle of the church doesn’t line up straight.  It is angled to the left imitating Christ’s head falling to his right shoulder while he was in the cross. The church had some beautiful stained glass windows.  It was also right on the river which made the cemetery surrounding it absolutely beautiful.

Our last stop of the day was at a tea room where we refreshed ourselves with tea, coffee, scones and eclairs :)