It was very breezy as we boarded our flight for Birmingham. Mom had to hold her hat on and the tails of the business men's bespoke suits were all flapping in the wind giving us glimpses of the bright teal and purple silk linings. They were gorgeous. European men dress so well!
We made it to Birmingham without incident and scarfed down our Irish cheese and a bunch of our leftover food from Ireland before walking through customs. After exchanging some money and wandering around lost for a little bit at the airport we were able to find the rental car counter. When we went to rent the car I couldn't find my driver's license anywhere. I practically unpacked my whole suitcase right there in front of the rental counter. No luck. Fortunately I had an international driver's license and that was good enough for Enterprise. We rented a car and a sat nav (or as we call it here in the states GPS--I'm going to start a campaign for everyone to start calling their GPSs "sat nav"s instead. Doesn't it sound less clunky?) and headed for our destination south to Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds.
Driving on the motorways was a little intimidating at first, but I found that I was more comfortable on them than I had been on the little narrow winding roads of Ireland. I could stay in the left lane; people could pass me and I didn't have to figure out where to turn. The round-abouts were a little daunting at first but my sister helped me figure them out fairly quickly. On the way we stopped at a petrol station and Anne bought us some black currents that a church group was selling so we could have a little snack but they proved to be too sour to eat without sugar.
|The Pound, Stow-on-the-Wold|
|There were lots of cute shops like this one in town but none were open when we were looking for lunch.|
|I want this wallpaper in my house.|
|The sugar in England really does come in lumps, not cubes. One lump or two?|
|The Bard, himself.|
|The River Avon.|
|The swans that swim the River Avon have been there since Shakespeare's time.|
Othello was phenomenal. It was three hours, but as tired as I was, I was riveted the whole time. The actors were world class. You've probably seen some of them on shows like "The Paradise", "Wolf Hall" and "Game of Thrones". The theater is constructed like the theaters that Shakespeare's plays would have been performed in originally. The stage is in the center and seats surround it on three sides. There was a place in the center of the stage that could raise and lower and there was water underneath it for boat scenes.
|The stage. The metal part in the center can raise and lower to create a water area|
or a raised platform
|A view of the theater from our seats.|
To Be Continued. . .