Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, Paul, Jon and I went to Stratford Upon Avon and visited Shakespeare's birthplace. I was fully prepared for a tourist trap, but was pleasantly surprised. The house is a really nice place to visit and we also visited the Nash house which is next door to where Shakespeare's last house was and where he died. There are good guides in these houses. The Nash house also has a gorgeous box garden, too.
Mostly, it was just nice to spend the day with Jon. We took him to his hotel in Birmingham for his early flight the next morning and then headed back to Claire and Geoff's. I think they also appreciated having the day to themselves, too.
Wednesday we came home. Claire and Geoff had to start returning things to Avala Catering, so we all went to Woking and met up with Geoff's parents for lunch at the museum, The Lightbox, where Nigel runs the restaurant concession, La Palette. More excellent food and a pleasant afternoon with Alison and Ahmad before we set off for home.
Thursday, yesterday evening, we all met up with Roger and Gloria, with Shelby, for dinner at the Bistrot de Breteuil for another great meal and family time.
Today, Emma and I took Roger, Gloria and Shelby out to Giverny to see the Monet house and Gardens. After lunch (another meal!) we stopped at La Roche Guyon and in Fourges at the mill (Le Moulin).