Thursday, July 12, 2012


Me in front of Shakespeare's birthplace.
For some reason, I had expected Stratford-upon-Avon to be akin to a giant Renaissance fair, with Ye Old Funnel Cake and feathered hats and people preforming monologues in the streets. I was quite relieved, as you might imagine, to find a small peaceful town with quite tourists who waited patiently for their turn to take a photo in front of Shakespeare's birthplace, as well as reasonably priced food and drink and, surprisingly, real character.
People waiting their turn to take
photos is so civilized.
 It is easy to picture living in such a picturesque place with cobblestone roads, large parks, and friendly people. To imagine spending your nights alternating between socializing at one of the local pubs, eating delicious food, and seeing quality theater. Stratford-upon-Avon is probably one of the few small towns in the world where this is possible.
Shakespeare's grave in Trinity Church.

I hope to learn much more about Shakespeare before I return so that I can really appreciate the various museums in the area. The fees for these places did seem steep, but I do not blame them, since it must be incredibly expensive to maintain such old buildings for so many guests.

One of my favorite things was a series of public art pieces referencing several of Shakespeare's plays. Here are a couple of photos of these works. Overall, a wonderful trip!

Installation art at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Installation art at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Installation art at Stratford-upon-Avon.

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