Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

My dad's cousin, Selvam Uncle and his wife, Prema Auntie, live in Birmingham.  My sister and I visited them the first time we went to Europe, and I was very excited to be able to spend a few days with them on this big trip as well.  It was also nice for my parents to visit the country they spent the first few years of the marriage in - and had their first born!  :)

Warwick Castle was a gorgeous, stone tower castle in what looked like the prettiest countryside in England.  The green rolling hills and everything ending in "shire" definitely epitomize the countryside here.  We had lunch in a pub (Calvin and my dad had good English Fish and Chips) before driving to Stratford upon Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace!  We learned a lot about the life and times of Shakespeare, as well as the legacy he has left for us.  Since Shakespeare was so famous and successful in his day, people quickly realized the importance of keeping his birthplace and houses safe as future tourist destinations.

That night, Selvam Uncle and Prema Auntie hosted a dinner party for us, with my parents friends from Singapore joining us as well.  Great food and fantastic company.

Lichfield Cathedral is a few minutes drive from Selvam Uncle's house.  The cathedral is over 1300 years old, and has recently been refurbished.

Calvin and I went on a day trip to York the next day.  The train ride gave us a chance to enjoy the countryside scenery, and use the excellent factilities on the train!  Such a treat compared to what we had to use in India. :)

York has a huge cathedral, Roman walls, stone churches, and lots and lots of flowers.  The walking streets are filled with lots of cool shops - I really liked the antique jewelery shops).  The town was packed that day, with lots of families enjoying the weather on a long weekend.

The train museum is a must see here, and would have been perfect for all those Thomas the Train fans.  I enjoyed seeing the Royal Trains.  Queen Victoria was ON that one!  Calvin enjoyed running in and out of the trains.  One of the best parts of the museum was an exhibition on the Indian Railway.  They had all these videos of people who work for the railways, or are hawkers at the train stations.

We quickly raced back to the train station to catch our ride to Birmingham.  We had a nice, relaxing evening with Selvam Uncle and Prema Auntie, watching a Tamil movie and getting ready for the very early morning the next day.
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