One thing that I value the most is family and friendship. Luckily my parents have arrived to visit me this week. Being away from my family has not been the easiest for me, so I am very thankful that my they are here for a short time to join me in my adventures.
I am also thankful for friends that have turned into family, like the Hunters. This week we have been visiting the Cotswolds in the good ‘ol countryside. Our first stop was Cheltenham-Burton-on-the-water, where the miniature village is located, which was opened in 1937. It consists of a miniature village of the actual village. It was really neat walking around the tiny village, because it sort of acted as a map for the real village. For example, we had afternoon tea at Smiths Restaurant, which was in the same place as it was in the miniature village.
Our next journey was walking the footpaths of Moreton-in-Marsh. It was absolutely stunning, with herds of sheep on the rolling hills. Next we checked into our hotel, The White Hart. This hotel dates back to the 1500s, and some parts of the building date back to the 1400s. The reception desk was located on the original cobblestone roads that were used as a carriage way. This hotel has had some notable guests including King Charles I first who stayed there once during the Civil War and never paid his bill. The unpaid bill still hangs on the wall of the hotel today as well as a copy his signed death warrant. I thought the rooms were magnificent: I had never stayed in a hotel with such rich history within its walls.
There was a market the following morning where there were numerous things to look at. After the market we headed to the Batsford Arboretum, where we were surrounded by nature and beautiful buildings. In the Arboretum we saw St Mary’s, a stunning church that was built in 1291. Our next stop was to Stratford, William Shakespeare’s birthplace. It was amazing to see where someone so influential in today’s literature was born and raised. There he met his wife, Anne Hathaway, who lived in a small cottage with her family until they married. Together they had three children, but only two of them survived. Later Shakespeare bought Anne and his daughters the largest house, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Stay tuned for next week to see how introducing my parents to the city of London went!
—Mary Warfel ’18