This was the DAY 2 of  the 3D2N Wales excursion on Saturday, 20th December 2014.

Bodelwyddan Castle

This was such a sudden diversion from our intended itinerary. We checked out from Travelodge at Wrexham around 8am and the sky was still dark.

Our initial plan was to go straight to Conwy city to visit the magnificent ruins of Conwy Castle by the sea. But...we saw Bodelwyddan Castle which was just next to the main highway en route to Conwy Castle. The day was still early so we decided to just checked it out.

However, Bodelwyddan Castle is closed on Saturday. It seems that there is a hotel just next to or behind the castle because we tried to find parking but all was fully occupied by the hotel´s guests.

Our only choice was to park right in front of the castle but not too long after parking our cute compact car, we were asked to go as we were not supposed to park here.


¨Bodelwyddan Castle, close to the village of Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl, Denbighshire in Wales, was built around 1460 by the Humphreys family of Anglesey as a manor house. Its most important association was with the Williams-Wynn family, which extended for around 200 years from 1690.¨ -Wikipedia.

More information about Bodelwyddan Castle here at http://bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk/.

Conwy Castle

The real deal..hehe from our original itinerary. Conwy Castle was suggested by our friends as they said it is one of the many castles in Wales which is near the sea.

It´s pretty breathtaking with the cloudy skies giving it a mysterious and somber background. I wish I knew how to pronounce Conwy in Welsh but I am pretty sure I will ruin the awesome original pronunciation. It will be ridiculous..hehe.

If you want to conquer Wales coast path, check out this awesome website : Wales Coast Path.

Enjoy the pictures of Conwy Castle and the area around it!!








 Conwy City

After checking the exterior of Conwy Castle, we decided not to pay the admission fee to see the interior. The castle left only the ruins. :(

But..we decided to check out the city instead. By the time we walked towards the tourist information centre, the sun was shining brightly outside. It´s quite rare to get this kinda weather in the UK so I enjoyed it while it lasted.

We stopped to buy some souvenirs here. I bought a fridge magnet and five pieces of postcards here which was a lot more cheaper than the other souvenir shop across the road.

I was amazed with the restroom´s technology. You need to pay to enter - 20p per entry but I was glad that the restroom was really clean.


Look at the small garden of herbs! You can try to eat them. Pretty neat idea.





Conwy city, a very short walking distance from the tourist information center.



The bottom two pictures - Smallest house in Great Britain!



Very quaint restroom there.

After walking for quite a while, we decided to sit down for a cup of cappuccino near the smallest house and I was wondering if Illy would taste better than Costa but in the end I still prefer Costa. Hehe..


More pictures of the Conwy Castle.

Ffestiniog

Alright...and it was now the time to explore Snowdonia!! By car..hehe. We didn't carry the right gear to hike up the mountain and we didn't plan to. Lazybums..huhu.

Anyway it's freezing cold, but still I wanted to have a picture once without my jacket and the brave smile was a worthy one with a picturesque background like that. Subhanallah...brrrr..cold!


There is a Ffestiniog train service if you want to explore Snowdonia from this side of the mountain.

Check this site out for the train to Snowdonia: http://www.festrail.co.uk/


Subhanallah..now we were at one of the peaks of Snowdonia. Breathtakingly beautiful.

Portmeirion

Okay..not the Portmeirion pottery guys! Initially I had the same idea but this is Portmeirion Village. The place is an Italianate tourist village in Gwynedd.

I wish that we had been here in summer. This place must be more awesome then. Anyway, it is a gorgeous place and if you have not been to any similar places before, it is worth a check.

At the time, the admission fee is 10 Gbp for adult but if you have a student card, there´s a pound less.




I miss this time...gorgeous scenery. Subhanallah.

If you want to go to Portmeirion Village, check out their website:


This was the DAY 1 of  the 3D2N Wales excursion on Friday,  19th December 2014. Alhamdulillah, the day was a bright and sunny day when we woke up. The first thing was to pick up the rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Coventry.

Initially, I did the car booking with full payment via the website about two weeks before the D-day. We did a comparison with a few other websites and found that Enterprise Rent-A-Car offered the cheapest rate. We thought so too at that moment.

However...I just did not know why..about a week before going, the rate went down close to 40%!! We were pretty baffled. Then what happened next was that we booked another car with the cheaper rate to save our budget, naturally.

Now, the rush to cancel ´that´ online booking started. Apparently, you can book the car and pay online but you CANNOT do the cancellation online. Alright...lovely.

We had to call about three times to the customer service. First, to report the cancellation. Second, to inform the local office about the cancellation and lastly, to rectify if the cancellation was done or not. Not effective service.

We did not get any cancellation report via email whatsoever and we demanded one just to be on the safe side. The ´Kiasu´ self inside me kicked in..hehe. Guess what, the refund would be completed within 5 business days.

All in all..a lovely officer handled our call with great patience which I should applaud her for. Thank you! Alhamdulillah.

We received a sky blue, brand new Renault Scenic with a built in really neat GPS which I forgot to snap a picture of. Totally fell in love with it! It reminded me of Perodua MyVi but more spacious and comfortable.

Check out the post for Wales Itinerary and Budget here.

After picking up friends, we headed for the Chirk Castle. One of my aims of visiting Wales is to check out the castle. I haven´t been to any of the castles in the UK, not even the Buckingham Palace when the Queen was away for her holiday (Royal Day Out).

Why Chirk Castle?

No particular reason. I stumbled upon an itinerary for Wales here while planning out for places to visit and just pick one castle on the way to Llangollen.

Since we would be going to visit Conwy Castle on the second day, we just had a preliminary view of Chirk Castle first.

On the exterior, much of the castles in Wales look pretty similar. Check out the castle lists here.

It was a pretty nice drive from Coventry to Chirk Castle because of the bright blue sky and we saw rainbow when we reached the castle!! We were exhilarated like kids. Hehehe..

After we parked the car, there was a slight drizzle but we still went out without an umbrella hoping that the rains wouldn´t get worse and indeed it wasn´t. Alhamdulillah.

Chirk Castle Information center.

We were dazzled so much by the nature´s beauty that we forgot to check out the ticket counter first before climbing up the hill. The information office is just right next to the parking lot and all four of us missed that building. Talk about clueless! Lol..

 The next best thing was, we thought that the entrance of the castle was from the garden and again being dazzled by the tidiness of the garden, we snapped some pictures first.

Alright...next to the correct door!

Well...yet again, we were pretty close to the right one.

A man dressed up with fine ancient Welsh costume, perhaps during the castle´s era approached us and then we were caught of entering the castle without a ticket! Hahaha...he told us to get any one of us to go back down to the hill with the shuttle van just right outside of the castle´s door.

When I tried to snap a good picture of the castle, a van was sitting right in front of it and I grumbled, ¨Why this van is here? I hope it´s out of the way!¨ Well...my curiousity was answered a bit later.
Hehehe..

The shutlle van was actually for picking up the tourists visiting the castle from the parking lot where the information center was. Hehehe.

Get more information of Chirk Castle at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle/.

 We tried some of the warrior costumes without even paying the admission. I felt kinda sorry, really! But none of us was willing to go back down the hill after that hiking up the castle.

Snap, snap and snap some more pictures and listened to the guy explaining about the castle. We were reluctant to get inside the castle as some of us had already visited some castles in the UK and they said they were the same.

Being a good spirit, no time shall be wasted waiting. Yeahhh!!
Let´s head to the next destination; Llangollen.

We did not thoroughly research about what Llangollen has to offer or what not and we drove and drove according to the neat GPS for LLangollen.

What I really like about the UK is that you could key in the postcode to search for the location, for example for LLangollen is LL20 and the GPS or Google Map will show the result quite accurately.

Easy and systematic. No headache.

But..we are talking about Snowdonia here and we were surrounded by rolling hills and mountains!! Where were we heading??!! The rain was getting heavier and we lost our way even with the super neat GPS. Hehehe..

Wales´s to die for scenery. Subhanallah.

No sweat...we just..lalalala...enjoyed the scenery in the rain and disturbing the sheeps grazing the grass with the color coded fur for recognition, I guess..^^

And suddenly we passed by the Llangollen town after crossing an old bridge with a steady stream of river underneath it without we even noticing it. Hohoho..we laughed a lot in this trip. Alhamdulillah for the great time and travel partners.

Why did we pass the chance to stop by Llangollen town?

Time was running out. We haven´t prayed Zohor and Asar yet so we had to rush to check in into Travelodge and did our ´wajib´ (compulsory) deeds. Alhamdulillah.

Travelodge is pretty cheap accommodation in the UK for budget traveller and if you are in a group of three or four, you can share the family room with an extra bed! You may need to pay extra for the WiFi though. All basic facilities are there. No kitchen though.

We booked a night stay each in two separate Travelodge.
One in Wrexham and another in Porthmadog for this 3D2N trip.
More information about Travelodge at http://www.travelodge.co.uk/.

After praying, we refreshed ourselves and had some sandwiches which we packed from home. Travelling in winter means that the daylight is scarce. Hence by 4 p.m., it is already Maghrib and....the only activity that comes to our mind was shopping at Cheshire Oak Outlet. ^^

It was about thirty minutes drive from our Travelodge in Wrexham to Cheshire Oak Outlet.

I didn´t buy anything at Cheshire Oak Outlet except for Costa Coffee´s tumbler even after ´tawaf´this area for two times and close to three hours.

Cheshire Oak Outlet is quite a huge area, be ready to splurge! My friends told me that we would better come here during Boxing Day....which I would rather avoid because of the crowd. Heheh...

Make sure you check the opening times before you come from their website here. Most days they open until 8 pm but on weekends they close earlier. 

I went for a 3 days 2 nights (3D2N) excursion with another three friends from 19th to 21st December 2014 while I was in the UK. It was cold but we wanted to do it before Christmas so that at least the city was still alive. Besides..we were afraid if all the price would be skyrocketing ie. hotel and car rental.

Initially, I was honored with handling the itinerary for Wales but I failed big time..hehe but at least I had the framework from this website: http://www.visitwales.com for the excursion to get the basic idea of the interesting places in Wales.

Another friend who has been to Wales three times helped us a lot too. She came out with her own itinerary and gave us a lot of ideas on where to go and what to do in Wales.

This itinerary is not 100% perfect but it fit our budget, our trip was smooth because of the rental car and we didn´t go for an adventurous trip but rather a leisure one.

Our Itinerary:

It is definitely worth it to have a car to explore Wales as it is a huge country and accessing the tourist spots are much easier with a car - Renault Scenic.

19th December 2014

Pick up rental car at Enterprise Rent a Car - Coventry
Chirk Castle, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands
Check in Travelodge
20th December 2014

Conwy Castle and Conwy Town
Snowdonia via Ffestiniog
Check in Travelodge

21st December 2014

Snowdonia via Pen y Pass Llanberis Menai Suspension Bridge, Anglesey Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - longest city name South Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs, Anglesey Bangor Return to Coventry

Budget:
4 Pax and all in GBP (Pound).

Car Rental:
162.40 - Renault Compact - Scenic -car rental (automatic) + gasoline + insurance + 2nd driver

Requirement for car rental:
passport, driving license, phone number, credit card Deposit 298.93 - (car rental + 2nd driver) x 3  We used Enterprise Car Rental.

Parking fee:
Accommodation:
64 - Travelodge Wrexham (2 rooms, twin bed)
56 - Travelodge Porthmadog (2 rooms, twin bed)

Food:
We packed our own food most of the time, bought some bread, salad and fruits from ALDI or Tesco. We had coffee at COSTA - Cheshire Oaks Outlet, coffee at Conwy Town, coffee near LLanberis and in Bangor we ate at a Halal restaurant on the third day.

Admission fee: Portmeirion Village - 40 for 4 pax

Shopping for souvenirs: Up to each person

Total: 330.40 Per pax: 82.60 (about MYR 450)

My Opinion:

I love nature and mountains and Wales has a lot of them. Definitely a place worth the visit!! I really love how green the pasture is and it was winter!! I expected them to be brownish as the normal transition from autumn to winter but it was not.

Subhanallah.... and so many sheeps on the mountains but they are not so friendly though. Hehe..

For more itineraries, you may check here: http://www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/trips-itineraries

I miss being near my friends who are studying in Warwick University of Coventry,United Kingdom. Sometimes...I even dream about them, the university, cooking and food..hahaha..it´s true.

If someone asks me, what are the things that I miss the most there?....hmmm...so many to list out but first and foremost:

Autumn in Warwick University.

Friends.
My friends...one of them, who I have not met since 1994 and I met her in Coventry in 2014, during Eid Adha Malaysians Gathering at KoCo building.

Phewww...20 years... seriously jejak kasih and everything sin tears. Hehehe...I am glad to meet her. She and I look pretty much the same except for the gravity pulling our skin to the south. ^^. We look much more matured now.

One more..a friend that I have indebted again and again and again. Who sprayed me the perfume of friendship and understanding Islam more by just having her near me. A good spirit through and through. Jazakillahu khairan kasira  to all my friends in Coventry.

Ukhwah.
The next, the closeness of Malaysian community in Coventry. Generally, we can ever be close only if we are the minority in one place.

Strangely again, I have never felt the same while I was in Korea. That strong ukhwahfillah..a bond or relationship for Allah´s sake. Doing something or anything just to seek Allah´s pleasure. Here, I learned that. Alhamdulillah.

Knowledge.
I miss going to majlis ilmu in Warwick or London. Definitely. This is because, I can´t have one in Madrid as I don´t understand Spanish and Arabic well to comprehend them.

Understanding English is one of the many gifts that Allah has given me which I seldom thank Him for. Alhamdulillah.


Food.
Honestly...hahah..the food. I have never been offered so many delicious food week after week after week. Seriously, I gained many kilos living there. Good but not good..hehe. Well... you can´t have a gathering or meet up without the food.


My friend got this Portmeirion at Stoneleigh Indoor Car boot.
Four for 20GBP. Very very cheap!

Portmeirion.
I knew about this special UK pottery after I saw many of the Malaysian houses that I went to serve the food in very pretty plates. I was told to at least get some of them to bring back home because in Malaysia they are very pricey. Check out Portmeirion pottery here : http://www.portmeirion.co.uk/ OR Buy cheaper at Stoke-On-Trent for the Factory shop for all UK Pottery.


Cooking.
I learned how to make curry puff, the first time here.
I saw my friend made the favorite tiramisu sin alcohol many times.
All the Korean foods that I cooked in Coventry.

I made kimbap countless times.

I learned cooking cous cous and Mahshi (stuffed capsicum) from two Libyan friends. My husband totally fell in love with Mahshi the first time I made it for him and from then on he wants me to cook it at least once a week. Alhamdulillah.

Tomyam...I never really prefer tomyam as a dish before but I get addicted to it now after eating them at one of the house warming gathering before near Earlsdon. The secret, just put all type of Tomyam paste from different brands and at the end put it some milk or coconut milk. Yummmy...with the goodness of MSG. Hehehe..

Fluffy.
I miss her. I always call her - ´he´ instead of she. Sorry Fluffy!! Seriously, we don´t know who is her owner really but she will come to the house who offers her the best food. Hehehe...even a cat can be choosy!!

Seoul Plaza.
A one stop shop for all your Korean ingredients at Cannon Park which is very near to my friend´s house. Green with envy....Arghhh..I want the same near my house here in Villaverde please.


Costa! Hmmm...I´m not really a fan of coffee but between coffee or tea, I will always choose coffee. Influenced by many visits of cafe´s during my stay in South Korea. My favourite is always Cappuccino.  After having tried Costa, Caffe Nero, Pret A Manger and Illy; I still find that Costa fit my tastebud the most. ^^


GiffGaff Giff Gaff prepaid card is among the cheapest mobile plan in the UK. I can rave about it all night. My only dislike is that you can get it only through online unlike Lebara or Lycamobile which you can get it almost everywhere.

The company will send the sim card to a UK address within a week, you activate it and then just recharge it online. The best is that if you call to Malaysia to any landline or mobile number with GiffGaff from the UK is only 3 pence per minute!! (as of now).

Compare them with:
  • Lebara - Landline: 3p / Mobile 7p
  • Lycamobile - Landline: 2p / Mobile 6p
  • Skype - about 17p
Free call and SMS (text) to another GiffGaff user and I love the Goodybags options. If another user of GiffGaff or non calls you, you will get an extra call minute. Nice! For example: 5GBP goodybag for 3G
  • 60 + extra UK minutes - call to non-GiffGaff user
  • 300 UK texts - text to non-GiffGaff user
  • 20MB Internet
  • Free (call and text) to giffgaff numbers
Check out GiffGaff here: https://www.giffgaff.com/freesim-international

Continuing on my post from Walking around Oxford: Part 1...

Top: The location of Robert Boyle´s house
Bottom-Left: University Church of St Mary the Virgin
Bottom-Right: This signboard is just right under University Church of St Mary the Virgin

From High Street, I took a right corner just next to University Church of St Mary the Virgin into Catte Street and I found a breathtaking piece of architecture known as Radcliffe Camera. University Church of St Mary the Virgin was the hub of the University of Oxford from the end of the 12th Century when organised teaching first began.

The Radcliffe Camera!!

I definitely could not miss visiting the Radcliffe Camera and having one or two of my own selfie taken. ^^ Spent about thirty minutes basking in the sunshine and marveling at the building.

Here is the Radcliffe Square and it is not surprising when you find just too many person taking their selfies with Radcliffe Camera too. Hehehe.. ´The Radcliffe Camera is a building of Oxford University, England, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737–1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.´-Wikipedia.

Around the Radcliffe Square.

Don´t you simply love the numbers of bicycles attached along the gates? Superbly lovely.

The Bodleian Library.

Then moving on to the Bodleian Library. The architecture was too breathtaking with the blue sky as the background. Loving it. Alhamdulillah.

´The Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 11 million items.´ - Wikipedia.

Inside Divinity School where one of the scenes from Harry
Potter movie was shot.

I paid 1 GBP for the entrance to the Bodleian Libary where it was used for Harry Porter filming. Honestly, I have never watched any of the Harry Potter's movies or read the books, so I pretty much have very low appreciation of it. But....Bodleian Library is a very very marvelous architecture. Subhanallah.

Top: The location of Bridge of Sigh
Bottom: Along Broad Street

After that, I walked a bit towards Broad Street and accidentally bumped myself onto another amazing buildings joined together by the Bridge of Sigh.

Here..you can´t help yourself but to sigh...Sigh now..everyone! Hehehe... ´Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs, is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford, England.

Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark´- Wikipedia. At Broad Street, there are many beautiful buildings as well a Sheldonian Theater, Museum of the History of Science and the New Bodleian Library.


My feet just couldn´t stop walking! I bumped into the Covered Market. Many of the shops were closed because of Sunday but I find it quite fascinating and very clean.


Top-Left: Punting under Magdalen Bridge
Bottom-Left: One of the Magdalen College´s buildings near Cowley Road.

Then my stomach just couldn´t take it anymore. As the prayer time was already near, I rushed to Cowley Road trying to find Oxford Central Mosque and in the hope of silencing my grumbling stomach. Off to a Halal restaurant shall we?  My post on Oxford Central Mosque and Kebab Kid restaurant where I had my lunch was here.


As it was Sunday and there are no Thames Travel buses operating on Sundays, I had to take the Oxford bus to the nearest town, Kiddlington.

However, I did not get off at the Harvester Pub which is nearer to Hampton Gay by foot and that made my walking journey to Willowbrook Farm (where I did my Wwoofing stint in the UK) came close to two hours. Huhu...

Along the way, I met a gorgeous couple and asked them for the direction. They kindly stopped their track and showed me the route to the main road.

By this time, my iPhone's battery was about 4% left. Oh nooooo! By the time I reached Bicester Road, it went dead and I had to ask another bloke.

"Hello, May I know which is the way to Bi-ches-ter?"
"Bi-ches-ter? You mean Bister?"

Hahaha...Okay, here I learned my very first lesson street-smart way in the UK soil on how to pronounce some English words accurately as said by the natives. Precious experience!

After another thirty minutes walking, another bloke riding a bicycle stopped beside me. He was going the opposite way but he kindly approached me knowing that I looked so lost! He told me to be careful as it was getting dark.

Here..I totally fell in love with British people's manner! (in general). Or was it...my action screamed like a tourist? Oh dear, I am lost and I need help! (Kind of..hehe.)


It was really dark by the time I reached the farm at about 7.30 pm (it was autumn and cold!!) and I told myself too many times that I was crazy!! Loca..loca..loca chica! Hahaha...

Alhamdulillah, everything was fine.I just read ayatul Kursi and the three Qul verses non stop for Allah´s protection. If you are from London, why not try Megabus for a super cheap bus ride from as cheap as 1 GBP!! The ride will take you close to two hours.

Check out more information at http://www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/oxford/ to plan your visit to Oxford.

Behind me is Stratford-Upon-Avon´s Information Center.

I stayed in the UK for about three months from end of September 2014 to end of December 2014 and Stratford-Upon-Avon is among the places that I have visited during my stay there (not too many though...hehe). I spent most of my time in Coventry as a great friend of mine is studying her Phd there.

We did a one day trip from Coventry on the 13th December 2014 (Saturday) on a very bright but very cold day. It is only about an hour journey from Warwick University to Stratford-Upon-Avon. We rode X16 Stagecoach bus from Warwick University which was pretty cost saving. A one day bus pass (Dayrider Gold) costs a person 8.75 GBP.

There were two of us from the university so we could purchase a group pass for two pax - 14.50 GBP. We saved about a pound each.

* A group may contain up to 2 adults & 3 children under 16 or 3 adults. Dayrider Gold allows unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses. Please refer to the Stagecoach bus fare T&C here.

If you are from London - the best option is to take Chiltern Railways train from London Marylebone direct to Stratford-Upon-Avon. The journey will be about 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Above picture is the Information center in Stratford-Upon-Avon and
the sightseeing bus is just next to the center.

Stratford-Upon-Avon is not too big but unfortunately this trip was done in winter which is not the best time to visit this city in my opinion. In winter, the public transportation ie. bus is kinda scarce after 3pm. Hmmm...and the daylight is pretty scarce too especially in the UK.

We had our one year admission readied and a full price ticket for all the houses and gardens per person is about 23.90 GBP. Unfortunately, due to winter, two of the places - Mary Arden´s Farm and New Place and Nash´s House were closed for maintenance. T_T

IMO, the best time to visit here is definitely during summer because of UK´s weather.

You can check for the ticket price, get your 10% discount when you book the pass online and plan your visit here.

We walked to:
  • Hall's Croft
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Shakespeare's Grave

We took a bus to:
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
Stagecoach´s X16 bus stop is just around the street with the roundabout above (Christmas decoration). The name of the street is Bridge St and the bus stop is Adj McDonald.

I was holding a plastic bag from Poundland shop..hehe. We have the same shop in Madrid but almost everything is about 1.50 euro and the shop name is called Dealz instead. Both Poundland and Dealz are under the same company though.

We had Costa coffee and our packed sandwich and fried rice for lunch hehe. We wanted to spend our 6 hours precious daylight from 10.30am to 4.30pm effectively to visit all the places mentioned above, hence the domestic lunch.

Costa is another one of my addiction when I was in the UK. While in Korea there are ubiquitous and pretty cafe´s there but not the same case as in Madrid. So when I found out that at least UK has Costa, Caffe´ Nero, Pret A Manger, I was clearly satisfied! ^_______^ Big satisfaction smile from me.

It´s time to visit the Birthplace´s house of Shakespeare. It´s the nearest from the city center. We went into the bookshop first mistakenly thinking that the building next to it was the Birthplace´s house but it was a souvenir shop.

So, I asked one of the employees in the souvenir shop for direction. It was pretty straightforward but most of the buildings there look pretty much the same so how can we differentiate them?

The picture above (Bottom-right) is Birthplace´s house of Shakespeare but you need to enter the house by entering the Shakespeare Centre first.

The picture above is from
Birthplace´s house of Shakespeare and Shakespeare Centre.

As there is no suitable place to pray, we prayed just outside Birthplace´s house of Shakespeare. There is a clean toilet for ablution (of course we use the toilet for the disable..hehe) and there is a small garden outside the house for us to pray.

The above is Hall´s Croft; House of Shakespeare´s daugher - Susanna Hall. Honestly, I think all the houses´ interior were pretty much the same to my eyes at least and as I am not an avid fan of Mr. Shakespeare, I am pretty much clueless..hehe.

Okay...Romeo and Juliet, at least I know one of his work though but just because there was Leonardo Dicaprio in it. Hehe..

We walked quite a bit from Shakespeare´s Birthplace house at Henley Street (CV37 6QW - this is the postcode of the location) to Hall´s croft (CV37 6BG). Roughly 10 minutes. ^^

From Hall´s Croft to Shakespeare´s Graveyard (CV37 6BG) was pretty close. I think maybe just five minutes. The grave was inside the chapel of Holy Trinity Church above and when we about to enter, we saw a sign requesting for donation if we want to view Shakespeare´s grave. Since we already have the annual pass, we didn´t have to pay for the donation.

Our last destination was Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens (CV37 9HH) which is located on Shottery Road, 2 miles from Stratford-upon- Avon. Transport is usually by car but the house can be reached via a pleasant walk from the town centre which takes approximately 30 mins - according to the website here. (Please don´t walk...it is quite far IMO hehe... The Cottage is well sign posted and parking is available.

We took the Stagecoach bus number 19 (Remember that we have the Day Pass, so we could use this pass as well here in Stratford-Upon-Avon. It is just a strip of paper. Make sure you keep it safe.)

We walked quite a bit from the chapel to the bus stop and waited about another 15 minutes for the bus. However, the bus did not stop exactly in front of Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens. The bus stopped at Hathaway Green Lane and from there we walked another five minutes.

The garden would be really amazing if only we visit it during summer. Still..it is pretty gorgeous place. Subhanallah.

After the visit, it was close to 4pm and it was getting darker outside. We didn't want to is our bus to the center and we walked quicky to the main road but...from here on our nightmare began hehehe..

After 4.30pm on Saturday (in winter) the bus was pretty infrequent. We waited close to one hour in freezing weather and were too hungry so we ate the cold fried rice. Nasi goreng sejuk!!

Luckily there was a taxi passed by and we hailed it until Istanbul Kebab House for about 5 GBP. The driver assumed that we must be freezing cold outside! Seriously.Hehehe..

Hot food...and Halal in winter. That matters most to our growling stomach. Istanbul Kebab House is located very near to the train station.

This was for our dinner and not only that, we missed our last Stagecoach X16 bus back to Warwick hence we had to go to Lemmington Spa first and then took another bus to Coventry and then another bus to Warwick.

It was close to midnight when we reached home but all was fine and happy. Alhamdulillah.

Ahh..and only now did I remember. I didn´t get any Shakespeare souvenirs from this town except from the pictures that I took..hehe.