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Hever Castle, the Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn

Hever Castle

Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn is outside of London, but not far. If you aren’t fluent on the wives of Henry the 8th, Anne was Henry’s second wife. She was the reason for the break from the Catholic church. Henry needed a divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and the […]


Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon

shakespeare's birthplace

After attending the Stratford Town Walk, I went back to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Using the voucher I had received on the walk, I got the 2 for 1 discount. You enter just to the left of the actual home and walk through a short exhibit on Shakespeare. The First Folio (pictured below) really awed me. The First […]


Stratford Town Walk to Shakespeare’s Grave

stratford Town Walk

The last part of the Stratford Town Walk takes you to the Holy Trinity Church. It’s a lovely looking church with a unique character. Holy Trinity Church You can almost feel the age of the place. It was probably my favorite place in Stratford Upon Avon. The people who must have come and gone throughout […]


Stratford-Upon-Avon, Hometown of William Shakespeare


For a while now I had wanted to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. I wouldn’t call myself a Shakespeare expert by any means, but being from the creative world of TV and film, I’ve always had a invested interest in his work. My favorite theater performance was The Tempest at  Shakespeare’s Globe Theater […]


Discover J. R. R. Tolkien’s Trees in Avebury

avebury stone circle

After my trip to Stonehenge, we headed to see J. R. R. Tolkien’s Trees in Avebury. Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe. It contains three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. A beautiful part of the English country side if I do say so myself! Red Lion Pub We started by heading […]


The Pandorica Opened at Stonehenge


This past June I visited Stonehenge! I traveled there on a coach bus with part of my friend’s wedding party. While the rest of the group chatted about the possibilities of Stonehenge being a druid creation, I kept muttering one thing….Pandorica! The Pandora Has Opened I don’t think you can be a true Whovian without […]


Chocolate Kitchens and Gardens at Hampton Court Palace

chocolate kitchens

The Chocolate Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace was a big deal back in the day. It was expensive, and prepared especially for the royals. Visiting the Chocolate Kitchens As part of the Baroque building, the Chocolate Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace were built for William and Mary around 1689, but mainly served the Georgian kings. […]


Visiting the Henry VIII Apartments and Great Hall

Henry VIII Apartments

The next part of the Hampton Court Palace tour I visited was the Henry VIII Apartments and Great Hall. Don’t let the name ‘apartments’ fool you. It looks nothing like my studio apartment in Los Angeles. Visit the Henry VIII Apartments You enter in through the Great Hall. If you watched Tudors, you’ve seen something […]


A Wine Fountain at Hampton Court Palace

hampton court palace wine fountain

Got your attention with the Hampton Court Palace Wine Fountain didn’t I? More on that later. First, Hampton Court Palace it was remodeled by William III of England and his wife Queen Mary II. His office I actually found to be quite small for a King. Though the view of the gardens from there was beautiful. You can see […]


Explore William III of England’s Hampton Court Palace

William III of England

The day that I was at Hampton Court Palace they were setting up for a concert. I didn’t stick around for it so I have no idea what it was like. But I can image it was awesome. One of the women at YHA Oxford Street told me she had gone to another concert there […]