|Me in front of the birthplace|
|The actor and actress doing the balcony scene|
After a bit more time of exploring and souvenir shopping, we went to our next stop - Holy Trinity Church, the church where Shakespeare was married, and the final resting place of he and his family. As we wandered through the beautiful church, soon enough we found ourselves standing before Shakespeare's grave. The poet is buried in the sanctuary, directly in front of the altar, which apparently was a very high honor. His grave was outlined and was adorned with flowers, so you couldn't miss it. Beside him lay his wife, as well as his children and their spouses.
|His grave in relation to the altar|
After bidding goodbye to Shakespeare, we had free time to explore downtown (did I mention how adorable this town is?) and eat and shop. I ate fish and chips for the third meal in a row, not counting breakfast that morning, and bought many great souvenirs, including a Shakespeare mug for my mom and a Shakespeare t-shirt for my dad. My friends and I were also ecstatic to happen upon a Harry Potter store - yes, a Harry Potter store! There I purchased a poster that says, "Keep calm and blame Muggles." For my sister, I bought one that reads, "Keep calm and say 'Mischief managed.'" These signs, and the store as a whole, made us very happy people.
Next, our entire group visited the cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife (not to be confused with the actress from "Princess Diaries"). It was a cute, quaint house with lovely gardens surrounding it, and it was, of course, very old. There was an actress from the same Shakespearean acting group there, and she enacted one or two speeches for us outside. Then we entered the cottage and received a tour. Like at Shakespeare's birthplace, no photography was allowed inside. But the inside was very cool, since it was so old - certain spots on the floor or walls were even original. It was awesome to walk in yet another place where Shakespeare too walked!
|Anne Hathaway's cottage|
|The actress outside the cottage|
|Horse races at the Warwick Racecourse|
Next, I'll write about our two days in Oxford! And I'll try to write again sooner next time. Stay tuned!
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