I told you last week [in the post where I revealed I could’t spell “peEk”] that Joshua took me to London.
It was absolutely amazing!
I’d only wanted to visit England since I was about six. The more I studied history and literature, the more I wanted to visit England.
We’d considered going for our honeymoon, but decided to wait. Then we had a baby right before our first anniversary, then moved, then had another baby… We finally decided we’d better go now or we’d probably wait another 20 years. It was kind of crazy, but I am SO glad we did.
We were only in England for a week, but got to see and experience so much. And enjoyed such a wonderful, relaxing time before the busyness of Joshua’s new job arrived.
We spent the first day in London mostly just walking around and soaking in the sights. Then we took the train to Stratford-upon-Avon for a few days.
On our sixth anniversary, we visited the church where Shakespeare was baptized and buried for a surprisingly good service. The sweetest lady asked if we had moved there. When we said we were just visitors, she showed us all around the church… which was already old by the time Shakespeare was born!
Then we got on the train to visit Oxford. We ate at the Eagle and Child where Tolkien and Lewis met to discuss literature, then walked around for a while, but were disappointed by how touristy Oxford felt (which is totally hypocritical coming from tourists, I know.)
On our way to Oxford we noticed that one of the stops had a castle sign. So on our way back we asked a train conductor if we could just hop off and visit it. He shook his head in dismay and said, “You Americans always want to see England in day, but yeah, you can stop off if you really want to.”
So, we did. (But hoped he didn’t see us!)
It was totally worth adding to Americans impetuous reputation!
The castle was simply amazing. Walking up the winding tower staircases, sitting in the lovely church, and strolling through the gorgeous gardens made so many scenes come completely alive.
Plus, there’s nothing quite like touring a castle with your beloved to make for a delightful anniversary!
We spent the last three days back in London touring major attractions and doing non-super-touristy things, like sitting in on a courtroom proceeding at the Old Bailey.
Outside the Globe Theatre, where we watched Henry V
I still can hardly believe we’ve been to London together, but I’ll treasure the memories forever!