We stayed in the most fabulous Victoria Apartment in Stratford, which even came equipped with knitting books! No, I did not know about this in advance, despite the OH's suspicions!
Shakespeare's Birthplace in the centre of Stratford:
Hall's Croft, where Shakespeare's daughter lived, is nice, quieter and with a beautiful garden), we had some days out in the car. One day we went to Coventry, stopping en route in the suburb of Earlsdon to visit the Yarn Gathering:
Kate, whose blog I've been reading for about five years now.
We explored Coventry, which the OH used to know very well. It was years since I've been in Coventry cathedral, old and new versions:
old medieval cathedral best. It was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War, so is now an empty, but evocative, space.
Warwick, where we found Warwick Wools, and also Warwick Books. We loved Warwick, as it still felt friendly and townish with not many of the big chain shops, just lots of independents. Both the wool and book shops were very friendly, with a good range of stock in relatively small amounts of space (the wool was piled up to the ceiling!).
Lord Leycester Hospital, not a medical hospital but one of those institutions that housed the needy and aged hundreds of years ago.
It had some fascinating buildings, and yet another beautiful garden!
Leamington Spa for some lunch, and where I managed to accidentally find Web of Wool (which I'd forgotten was there!). How much sock yarn?! Another lovely shop.
Kenilworth Castle, which we had virtually to ourselves. This was lovely as there was plenty to explore and see, and it wasn't at all touristy (plus, there weren't any audio guides. We hate audio guides! They turn going to an exhibition into a miserable experience). There was a new Elizabethan Garden set out last year, pictured below, with the castle behind.
12th century, although there are plenty of later additions. There is also a tea room with very tasty scones...
Avon and the Stratford canal, not just visiting places! It was a shame we'd managed to choose the week when there weren't any plays on at the Royal Shakespeare Company, although the main theatre is still being refurbished.
On the drive home we stopped off for some lunch at Stowe Landscape Gardens:
But still, a beautiful place to visit and a good finishing touch for the honeymoon!
Hopefully it won't be so long this time before my next post as there won't be so many pictures to sort out...