best place to practice your iambic pentameter: stratford upon avon. tis true. doth thee place of william shakespeare. i found the place where he was born, but didn't go in. it really was idyllic with rolling hills and sheep, cows, rabbits and ducks roaming.
most notable side trip: windsor. before arriving in stratford, my colleague caroline was a peach and picked me up at the airport. we had to endure an hour in the carport before she we arrived in windsor, where i swore i saw the queen. a re land rover with the HRH seal passed by. it's a cute town with cobbled streets and royal swans. i saw where eton (alma mater of the royal prices william and harry) was.