Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Salisbury cathredal


Cider is better than beer


Shakespeare's burial church

Shakespeare's daughter's home


Shakespeare's Birth home

We hung out in a mid-size city, Salisbury, for three days. Salisbury is located in southern England about 10 miles from Stonehenge. It is the kind of town we like. Large enough to have all the services we need including large grocery stores but small enough that we didn’t feel overwhelmed. We could walk from our campground along a path to the city centre in about 20 minutes. As with most European cities, a huge, old and ornate church is located in the city centre. The church in Salisbury had an old mechanical clock dating back to the 1300’s which is supposedly the oldest working clock in England. We rode our bicycles to Stonehenge on narrow, quiet, back roads through old English villages. Every village, even those of only a few homes, has a local pub. Stonehenge is pretty amazing. How did they move rocks that weigh 45 tons all the way from Wales? The layout of Stonehenge perfectly lines up with the summer and winter solstices.

From Salisbury we traveled west about 100 miles to the area known as the Cotswolds. We are camped in a town called Moreton –in- Marsh which is only a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water, Clayton-on-the-Hill, Bourton-on-the-Heath and Stratford-upon-Avon. How cute are these names? Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare. Stratford is tourist central! We went through the home he was born and raised in, the home he lived in as an adult and saw his grave and his wife’s (Anne Hathaway) in the Holy Trinity Church. The Cotswold area is what I think of when I think of rural England. The homes are quaint and beautiful with wonderful flower gardens and thatch roofs. There are lots of quiet roads for bicycle riding but the main roads are narrow, extremely busy and people drive really fast. This area also has a lot of the foot paths that England is known for. They seem to go every which way through farmer’s fields and then abruptly end. We have tried to ride our mountain bikes on a few without much success.

The weather has been really variable. One day it will be sunny and hot and then the next day it will be rainy and cold. There are quick rain showers that are over before you can even get your rain coat on.

Of all the places we have traveled , England is the best for finding vegetarian fare in grocery stores and restaurants. Vegetarian food became popular during the mad cow epidemic about 20 years ago. We have been disappointed in the English beer served in the pubs. Bland and warm! Guess we got spoiled sampling the Belgium beers.

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