Two More Excursions That Are Better Seen than Descibed

As a part of our program, we have had Excursions that have been either made free or very cheap through the program through which we’re studying. If you’ve been following the blog, you might have seen or heard of some of these. The most recent two have been Oxford and Stratford upon Avon. They are both amazing in their own right, but I thought that in order to better appreciate their cultural gravitas, it would be better to view some pictures. So let’s start with Oxford:

This is the Saxon Tower in Oxford. It used to be a part of the “old city” and has been standing for almost a millennium.
Oxford University is actually just an institution that sets the standards for the 33 colleges who make up its membership. Being a stranger, it’s hard to keep them straight, so here is us walking through… one of them.
You can tell how interesting the place had to be, because have you ever had to try to keep the attention of 35 young adults? The gentleman on the right’s name is Nigel and he’s been our beloved tour guide for a lot of these excursions.
This is the inner square for Christ Church College in Oxford. It seems like the whole place was used to film the Harry Potter movies, but only the majority of it was.


How could it get any better than that? I’ve asked myself this upon the completion of the activities on this trip. Well, you go to Stratford upon Avon, the beautiful birthplace of the bard. This is the city in which William Shakespeare both was born and died.

Unfortunately the picture turned out a bit blurry, but it is an important one. This is the first ever publication of Shakespeare’s works and the only reason that we even know of him today.
This is the brilliant Holy Trinity Church in Stratford upon Avon. While all of these churches in England are magnificent, this one has a bit of a leg up on the competition: William Shakespeare is buried inside.
This is a small hut at the cottage where Anne Hathaway (no, not that one) great up. Inside these huts were speakers that would play recordings of Shakespeare’s works. It was a really nice way to spend an hour.
After Anne Hathaway’s cottage, we went to Mary Arden’s Farm. Mary Arden was mother to William and this is the farm on which she grew up. It was the perfect place for the late afternoon, because there was so much to do and see. Here you have a classmate of mine, Gabby, who could only be bothered to hit the bulls eye after being tempted with extra credit.

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