Monday, September 28, 2015

UK Vacay: Stratford-upon-Avon

Since I was in High School, and we took our Senior Trip to Stratford, Ontario, Canada to see The Three Musketeers...  I've always wanted to  make the pilgrimmage to Stratford-upon-Avon, England.  This summer, I got to check it off the bucket list and make a lifelong dream come true!  Here are some pics of our time there.  The first few are from the Shakespeare Memorial.  One of the best parts of seeing this memorial was the statue of Shakespeare in the middle, in a thinking pose.  This statue was in my boy's first introduction to the Romeo and Juliet story... the movie Gnomeo and Juliet!  
Prince Hal
Lady MacBeth


Falstaff
Hamlet

THE statue my kids actually recognized!

We took a few tours.  Loved seeing the Tudor buildings, with the bowed timber.  Look below for an example of a "maintained" tudor building and a "replicated" one!  

It's hard to see on this one pic, but the coffee shop is the "new" building, and the shop on the left is the old.  
Awesome architecture!

Shakespeare's birthplace

The wall covering inside one of the rooms


The placard that hung above the Public House owned by Shakespeare (attached to his home)

All the world's a stage...

In the gift shop.  I loved this idea, and think it could be replicated pretty easily.




This is the back yard of the Shakespeare birth home.
It was once a tannery yard.  Not quite so pretty as a garden!

They had free activites for kiddos.  They made crowns.



This was the delivery door.  Home on the right (where hubby is), workshop on the left, and a "street" where a horse and cart could drive through to deliver/pickup whatever a glove maker/tanner might need. 

Name a Shakespeare play, sonnet, character, and this man would give
a soliloquy or song on demand!

A 1611 King James Bible!  My favorite part of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

Church of the Holy Trinity, where William Shakespeare is buried.  

Shakespeare's baptismal font.

Sites for everyone to appreciate 
They really love each other!
We stayed at the Faviere Guest House for our time in S-u-A.  Enjoyed a Full English every day, and truly had great service from Juan, the proprietor.  
This is the back side of the B&B, from the walking path that led straight to the City Centre (10 minutes easy walk).


He begged me to put this on the blog! ;)

The highlight of my trip was going to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and watching a performance of The Merchant of Venice.  My mister stayed back with the boys and did laundry.  It wasn't an ideal setup, because if we would have planned ahead, I could have arranged childcare and gotten two tickets.  But, I comfort myself with the fact that we saved over 100 POUNDS by making my date a "seat for one" kind of evening.  Next time... NEXT time, we'll go together!  


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