Shakespeare En Route

July 20, 2014 — 43 Comments

Last Saturday the 12th July I was due to leave on a late flight for a fortnights holiday. It was such a lovely day that my Mum decided that it would be great opportunity to make the most of the trip and stop somewhere nice for the afternoon. We decided on Stratford Upon Avon, it is a beautiful town with plenty of history and makes a great place to wander around on lovely summer’s day.

We arrived just after lunch and there was boating regatta taking place on the river so the town was bustling with extra visitors. My Dad dropped us in the town centre and went off to find somewhere to park the car. My Mum suggested that we take a walk down to the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre and have a look around. It was full of interesting displays and little gift shops. When my Dad caught up with us we decided to have a wander around and get a better feel for the place.

We had a lovely afternoon, enjoying the summer sunshine and taking in the history of the place. The time flew and before we knew it it was time to make a move and head off towards the airport so that i could catch my flight. It was a fabulous way to start my holiday and I was so pleased that my Mum suggested it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Arriving in Stratford Upon Avon for the afternoon.

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We picked up a street map to help make the most of our time in the lovely town.

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We walked past the statue of William Shakespeare on the way in to the town centre.

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This display was inside the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre situated on the river bank.

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This was New Place and Nash’s House

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Tom could not resist one last photograph before we finally got back to the car park.

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43 responses to Shakespeare En Route

  1. 

    I hope you have some wonderfull hollidays !!!

  2. 

    Another set of great photos, and enjoy your holiday and summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 

    Wonderful pictures! Glad you enjoyed your day!

  4. 

    Hi Charlotte! I’m happy you had such a lovely start to your holidays with your family. Thank you for showing us the photos; makes me want to go even more. I love Shakespeare!! I didn’t have enough time to visit it last time I was in England. Love the flower garland in your hair. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your summer holidays!! XO, Violet

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      There are lots of stunning buildings and a wonderful river and parkland to walk through full of weeping willows, I only put a taste of the day, it was lovely weather and we had a lovely time drinking milkshakes, we just wished weโ€™d had enough time to stay for a show in the evening.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  5. 

    Lovely photos, Charlotte, makes for a lovely holiday. Have fun!

  6. 

    Holiday.. wow, that’s a rare one for you, eh?
    Hope you have a fab time; you deserve the break.
    As for SOA, well now, that’s one of my old stomping grounds, having lived there for over a year around 1985-86. I was an insurance sales bloke then. Bloody useless I was too – got sacked for telling clients of ‘cheaper options’, lol

  7. 

    That was wonderful. You look so pretty.

  8. 

    It’s nostalgic remembering Stratford-Upon-Avon as a student in the days gone by . . . Shakespearean’s plays & all that.

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      Fabulous Paul, happy to bring back good memories. My brother studied at Warwick University and although we visited Leamington Spa a lot and Warwick we never did make it to Stratford but I will go back it was just lovely.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  9. 

    Wonderful pictures. Looks like you were having a great time. Should put you in a mood for Verdi’s Otello. Interesting that you ended up in Shakespeare’s hometown. I have been thinking a lot about the Bard lately. Just watched a course on Shakespeare, have watched several of the plays on film, and have been doing some reading. Am thinking about devoting Wednesdays next year to Hamlet.

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      Sounds like a good idea to me Don, I hoped to study Shakespeare this last year but the module didnโ€™t fit with my program so I had to choose something else. There was a book of curses for sale I donโ€™t know why that drew me to it in particular but it was very funny.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  10. 

    Lots of good photos. Have a lovely holiday!

  11. 

    Stratford is super. We spent a day there after reaching nearby in a narrowboat.

  12. 

    Glad you had fun. Enjoy your holiday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! They brought back some lovely memories. We lived in Warwickshire when my sailor did a course with the British Army. I went to Stratford as often as possible to wander around the town centre, tour the Shakespeare venues, even to do my grocery shopping. Enjoy your holiday!

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      So happy to bring back good memories to you. It was so beautiful, in the north of England and in Central Glasgow I think planners lose their way a little without planning in more green space, trees and beautiful natural things to link up with the architecture and give people nice walks to enjoy.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  14. 

    Oh my goodness! Such wonderful photo’s, the opportunity you have to see so much! Sharing them is a gift to us, thank you.
    HUGZ:)

    • 

      Thanks Candi, I grew up in a town without much cultural activity or historical buildings so to see such beautiful towns with so much heritage is lovely because where I went to school in Knutsford is very quaint and historic so I learnt to appreciate it more as it wasnโ€™t just on the doorstep.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  15. 

    Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely town, although I think one gets to understand more of Shakespeare’s spirit at the rebuilt Globe Theater in London.

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      I’ve not been to the rebuilt Globe Theatre another place on my list to go. I’m on a course in London in August but I’m not sure how much time we will have to adventure in the evening.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  16. 

    I once attended a performance in Stratford of “Merchant of Venice.” Shylock was played quite commendably by a youngish Irish actor, Peter O’Toole. I wonder what ever happened to him…
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  17. 

    I love Stratford! If you ever go again, you should visit ‘Blue cow’. They make the best milkshakes ever ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Wow that’s a coincidence we actually had milk shakes at a cafe called The Lazy Cow, they were delicious though and we shared a couple of pieces of cake ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  18. 

    Happy to live in Stratford! Glad you enjoyed the town

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