Shakespeare had a town? Also..London beaches

Helloooo there!

Hi friends, how is America? Missing it already..

Actually, I don’t, I love England, never want to leave, and already am wishing I could stay here forever.

In other news, what’s been going on with me? Oh not much, just VISITING SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. English is great a subject to study on a study abroad in London, you know why? Shakespeare is an inspiration my friends, and oh yeah, he’s English.

Stratford-upon-Avon is the homeplace of William Shakespeare, and was a location my class decided to take  stroll through.

Look here at this wonder of a town where our pal Bill grew up and lived.

It’s really rather interesting because not only was Stratford-upon-Avon the birthplace of Shakespeare, but also the town he ended living his life and dying in. It was a very small town, but also very touristy. “It’s an industry,” my professor told us about the town, and good Lord, I believe him.

The night that we went to Stratford, we saw a fantastic performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company of Henry IV Part I. I was a fan. It was a different type of stage that created an interaction with the audience. Who’s been to a runway fashion show? I know I haven’t, but I certainly watch America’s Next Top Model like everyone else. This stage was a lot like a runway, in which the audience had full access to actors and their performances. They are literally walking, running, and skipping past you, and looking you in the eye during their monologues. While this happened with the star actor and I couldn’t help but think, “Wow he’s talking to me.” He wasn’t but hey, that’s a tribute to these actors and this utterly well done stage set up.  I wasn’t sure if I could take photos of the stage, so here’s a Google image to get you used to the idea of a Tyra Banks stage with Shakespearean actors.Ariana4

 

Props to Google. Anyway, I had fantastic seats, and saw all the actors up close and personal (real nice when the actors are attractive). The day after, we had the honor and privilege of meeting the main actor who played Prince Henry, the protagonist in the play. It is also interesting and a new experience when you discuss with an actor about the role that he delves himself into.

What else? Only just visits to the Shakespeare’s wife’s house and gardens. Fun fact, Anne Hathaway was a cougar. She married her guy when he was 18 and she was 26. I was only slightly creeped out that she married a senior in high school, but hey friends, times were different back in the day.

Look at these gardens. But really.

This lady liked to garden. She also loved one of the most brilliant writers of all time, so I guess it’s okay if she was a little funky. Too beautiful, these things were brimming with butterflies. I was in my happy place.

And now! The beach. What is better than a Saturday afternoon in any place other than Brighton, the seaside.

This was the life friends.

A cute little seaside town, Brighton was the epitome of “summertime.” The beach was something so different from what I was used to. Imagine seeing the beach, yelling “Hooray,” and then running toward the water.

No.

See that? That’s called shingle. No plural. Just shingle; and what is it? Friends, I tell you, it’s deep, hurtful pebbles. Not luscious  sand, but hard, hard rocks you have to wade through to get near the water. Granted, it’s gorgeous, and I quite like to look at it more than a sandy beach, but nevertheless, don’t go jogging on this beach unless you want severe foot pain.

But the views!

My God, isn’t that just gorgeous. It reminds me very much of Seattle, this seaside town, especially since on the pier, this is a Ferris wheel, a lot like the Great Wheel back in the states in Seatown. I was certainly a fan of grabbing some seaside breeze, and taking a walk along this beauty of a pier.

It was definitely a great day to be on the water, as there was sun, but not overwhelming heat. As I walked along the pier into the little seaside fair where rides and vendors were, I could see loads of people, tourists and locals just taking in the sights. There was music playing, couples kissing, kids eating cotton candy (there called “candy floss”) and overall general whimsical happiness.

After walking along the pier, I continued to walk down the boardwalk where I saw the wheel, in which rides were only 8 pounds. Definitely a good deal, since back in London, the London Eye is 30 pounds.

I kept walking for a while until I found some shops, in which I bought 6 postcards for 1 pound (so far my best bargain). I grabbed a quick baguette and drink, and headed on with my class to our tour of the Royal Pavillion.

As photography was not allowed within the palace, I unfortunately cannot show pictures of my own taking, but basically here’s the gist of what it looks like.

Thanks Google. Anyway, this beautiful 18th century palace was absolutely gorgeous on the inside, brimming with ornate decor. Imagine every royal palace  you see in the Barbie movies (not sure if anyone watches those other than me though) and you’ve got a pretty clear picture of this palace.

This trip was only a day trip, so luckily, I didn’t  have any time to get lost and bombarded by creepy Londoners, but alas, worry not, spontaneous fun always seems to find me. However, I loved Brighton, it was a very lovely, lively, college town,  and was only 40 minutes away via train, so I definitely will take a trip back.

This week has been fun, friends, can’t wait to show you more! Hopefully, a crazy anecdote for next time?

Fingers crossed!

-Ariana🙂