|cali is a really good pillow- except for her zippers. i woke up having zipper face. it was hysterical.|
|cali with the beautiful stained glass window in the new cathedral.|
|the old ruins.|
|have i mentioned we like to act out statues. reconcilation.|
|the old cathedral. there were lots of side areas that were absolutely beautiful.|
cali trying to fix something on the pole. and the grave of the unknown civilians. it is amazing to see how affected England was by WWII. In the states we learn about it, and true we have Pearl Harbor, but they were bombed. constantly. it made a huge impact on the country.
just chatting on some old ruins. and acting out more statues. we thought we might get struck down for acting this one out, but we made it safely through the day. no lightning for us.
after an hour and a halfish exploring coventry we got back on our lovely touristy bus to head to kennilworth castle. i love castles. i want one. but really. i could have spent all day there and been perfectly happy.
|we learned how to load a musket from this nice gentleman. it was very interesting. and there sure were a lot of steps.|
cali- ellie look at that window and dont move. here are the results of me not moving. ps the castle attacked my hand trying to get out of the window. or i attacked the castle. either way the castle won.
|part of the group exploring the castle.|
|cali's engaged! woowhoo. and the bathroom even tells her so!|
the beautiful gardens and ruins of kennilworth.
|the day wouldnt be complete without at least one jumping picture.|
|can i say how much i love phil and delys. (one of our directors and his wife) he is acting out bernini's david and she is acting out the stereotypical roman woman statue. love them.|
|we took a break from exploring to eat our lunch with dezi and megan overlooking the beautiful english countryside. this was probably my favorite part. it was perfect. there is a cottage way out there that i have decided will be my summer home.|
next stop was...
no, not the actress. but shakespeare's wife. while the house was interesting. it wasnt my favorite. it reminded me of walking through houses in Nauvoo, except it held no significant meaning to me. but what i did love about her cottage were the beautiful gardens. they were stunning. there was also a willow hut that you could sit in and listen to sonnets by shakespeare. it was beautiful. to top it off there was a maze in the garden. it was nice to just wander through the gardens and talk about life, love, and happiness with cali.
so i have an obsession with flowers. its true. i love them on shirts, hair things, scarves. everything. give me them in person and i am the happiest. enter lots of pictures of flowers.
how can you not love them though. so so pretty.
they had some fun statues in the garden. hey look. we are in england. literally.
|wandering through the maze. it wasnt as much a maze as a pathway the weaved and turned. it made it easy to not get lost,, and was still way fun.|
|we got there just in time for a falconry show. it was way cool.|
|they used bri and addison as part of the demonstration with the "love" owl that they would use at weddings. the bird flew right over the heads, and at one point i think hit addison.|
|more beautiful gardens.|
|exploring the house. hello small doorway.|
|it is a working farm which was cool to see. meet wilbur. when we saw him our first thoughts- i want bacon. im a horrible person. but really. who does that.|
|english long horns.|
|hello victoria spa lodge.|
we got into stratford and then it was off to search for din din. we stopped at the first place we saw that looked good and cheap. the rose n' crown pub. it was grand. for five pounds you got a huge burger, chips (fries), and a drink. not too shabby. i inhaled my food. but really. it wasn't the smartest thing i have ever done because my stomach started hating me soon after. dumb tum tum. but cali and elly got the biggest burgers i have ever seen. they were probably as big as their face. if not bigger. and they both finished. it was impressive.
|megan, ari, elly, cali, me, and lauren at dinner.|
the show ended and i was still feeling way sick. which made the show last even longer. but lucky for us rodger and phil decided to get us taxi's for the way back so we wouldnt have to make the trek along the canal late at night and in the dark. we made it home. and i crawled into bed. ready to sleep the grossness away in the most comfy bed ever. shared with none other than calianne jex.