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Discovering Stratford-upon-Avon and York

Kevin Allen - June 24, 2017

Discovering Stratford-upon-Avon and York

Check out the first blog post by Courtney [CIE’s second Social Media Concierge.] Below are her experiences on CIE Tour’s Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland Tour.

This morning we left our hotel, The Park Plaza Waterloo, and made our first stop at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was difficult to part with our hotel given that when I woke up that morning I had a clear view of Parliament and the London Eye. With our bellies full of a grand English breakfast, we began our pursuit for the city of York in Yorkshire.

Statue of Shakespeare surrounded by his characters, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Statue of Shakespeare surrounded by his characters, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Stratford-Upon-Avon

On our way to York, where we will spend the evening, we made a stop in Stratford-upon-Avon. This delightful town was filled with endless options for coffee, tea, snacks, souvenirs, ice cream, and street music! Here, we visited William Shakespeare’s Birthplace and explored the busy area of Henley Street. My only complaint was that we couldn’t stay longer. There was a lovely canal with locals relaxing on the water and an ice cream boat- I’d have to say that I prefer an ice cream boat to an ice cream truck! The atmosphere of the town was relaxed and welcoming.

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, UK
Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, UK
The weather was wonderfully warm with a refreshing breeze by the water. While looking around, I noticed locals lying out in the sun and feeding the ducks nearby. An excellent site on our tour was the Birthplace of William Shakespeare. The guides around the Bard of Avon’s home were dressed in traditional outfits. They were eager to answer any questions we had. Once we left Shakespeare’s home, actors were entertaining the visitors and giving them a taste of English theater.

William Shakespeare's Birthplace
William Shakespeare’s Birthplace
William Shakespeare's Birthplace
Two of our CIE guests enjoying the exterior of Shakespeare’s home

Onward to York

From Stratford-upon-Avon, we made our way to our final destination of the day, York. Upon our arrival, our tour guide, Ian, led us through the streets of the gorgeous city on a walking tour. Ian was a wealth of knowledge regarding York’s history and even shared some interesting ghost stories! While speaking with guests, we all agreed that Shambles Market resembled something out of a movie. The small street resembled Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, with its cobblestones and numerous shops. I found some guests straying from the group to grab some of the most delicious fudge I’ve ever smelled. Needless to say, our group was quickly becoming smitten in Shambles.

The Shop That Must Not Be Named, Shambles Market, York, UK
The Shop That Must Not Be Named, Shambles Market, York, UK

Shambles Market, York, UK
Shambles Market, York, UK

Our tour continued with an excellent sight of York Minster. I was not aware that in order for a Cathedral to be a Minster, there needs to be schooling associated. I found that interesting and started imagining how wonderful it would be to attend school at such a beautiful piece of architecture.

Our tour guide, Ian, capturing the attention of our group with the building's history York Minster, York, UK
Our tour guide, Ian, capturing the attention of our group with the building’s history York Minster, York, UK
We have been seeing some grand sights! What I enjoy most of all are the guests that I get to travel with. I am thrilled to be joining this group of people. They have been quite welcoming. I feel fortunate to join in the fun and be a part of everyone’s experience. We still have a long road ahead of us and many new cities to experience.

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