Words spoken by Josiah Grubb, guide of the Stratford Town Ghost Walk.
02.07.2011 - 02.07.2011 71 °F
Today's breakfast was much more of a success in comparison to the previous days. We managed to put on "normal clothes" before walking down to the hotel's restaurant. To our surprise, everyone was dressed in casual clothing. I guess the "business people" go home for the weekend and the tourists take over.
Our first adventure of the day brought us to Warwick Castle. This medieval castle was full of history, artifacts, and STAIRS! We had the privilege of climbing 530 spiraling steps to reach different towers along the castle's perimeter. Though the view from the top was definitely worth every step, our legs were relieved when we finished the climb.
Upon returning to Stratford, we visited the Shakespearian shops and Pound Land, England's version of Dollar Tree, one last time. After purchasing teaching materials, five pairs of sunglasses- one for me and four for Trisha, and old school CDs for our drive tomorrow, we returned to the hotel to brainstorm the first weeks of school and the incorporation of our new resources.
At 7:30 we were able to join Josiah Grubb as he led us around Stratford on the Stratford Town Ghost Walk. Trisha and I were awed by his ability to completely take on the persona of a 16th century gentlemen and never break character. His story telling abilities were some of the best I have ever seen. Needless to say, we were inspired to use this same strategy in our classrooms when sharing stories and novels.
We finished out the night with a boat show on the River Avon and fireworks. It made us feel as if we were celebrating July 4th in Kemah...well maybe on a smaller scale.
We now ready ourselves for a trip to Portsmouth tomorrow and Trisha's birthday.