My Favorite Vacation: Trip to Stradford-Upon-Avon

St. Paul's Secondary School

My Favorite Vacation: Trip to Stradford-Upon-Avon

                                                                                                                                                Kayla O’Reilly

                                                                                                       57, St. Paul’s  Road


                                                                             Co. Kildare,

Republic of Ireland

  1st April 2019

Lisa Killoch

6, Elizabeth street


Western Australia,



Dear Lisa,

How are you feeling? I’m writing a letter to you about my favourite vacation. I have been to many intriguing places in the world, but my favourite place to go to is Stradford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England, which I enjoyed for a plethora of reasons. Visiting it was easily one of the most memorable experiences in my life thus far. It was extremely picturesque with excellent facilities, and the people there were exceptionally friendly and open.  The flight to Birmingham was relatively short; approximately 40 minutes. From the airport, my parents, sister, cousin and I rented a car and drove from Birmingham to Stradford-Upon-Avon. We were staying at the Premier Inn, which was very close to all the shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. My cousin Alex and I are as thick as thieves, so we were delighted when we discovered we would be sharing a room. We unpacked, and then we went out for dinner. I had macaroni and cheese, which is my favourite food, and Alex and I had Eton mess between ourselves. Then we returned to the inn. Alex and I chatted to each other for a while, I read my book, and then we went to sleep.  The next day, we went out for breakfast. At Wetherspoons, I had Mushroom Benedict, and then Alex and I went to Shakespeare’s house. Shakespeare is my absolute idol, and he is also one of the reasons I started writing and getting involved in the theatre. I’ve been acting for as long as I can remember, which is why I performed Hamlet’s final soliloquy in front of an audience at Shakespeare’s house. After this and watching the actors perform a few speeches, we received a tour of the actual building. Then we went to the gift shop. I bought various souvenirs there, including a feather quill and some images and printed quotes from “Macbeth” and “Hamlet”; I’m studying the latter for my Leaving Cert.  Alex and I met up with my parents and sister Shona at the inn, and we then went to Anne Hathaway’s cottage. We were given a guided tour of the cottage, learned of its humble origins and discovered how various rooms had been constructed over the years. Afterwards, we explored the grounds of the cottage. Alex and I went into straw huts and listened to various sonnets that were written by Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway’s husband. We also took a trip to Mary Arden’s farm, learned about the eating habits of the Tudors and I learned how to play archery.  We then returned to Wetherspoons and got a bite to eat. Alex and I did some shopping around the area, and I bought a journal and “the Great Gatsby” at Waterstones. When we had finished, the two of us returned to the hotel, had some tea and watched a film together. At about eight o’clock, the entire family went out for dinner; I got Fish Pie. When we returned to the inn, Alex and I chatted and watched “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on television.  The next day, we went to Wetherspoons and had breakfast there. We then returned to the hotel, packed, got in the car and drove to Birmingham airport. We returned the car to the car rental, scanned our luggage, boarded the plane and returned to Dublin at about four o’clock. I found Stradford-Upon-Avon to have phenomenal scenery and extremely compassionate people, and when I graduate, I would love to return to Stradford-Upon-Avon and become an actress there.

I hope to write to you again soon!

Best wishes,  Kayla.