Sunday, August 26, 2012

Much ado in Stratford-upon-Avon...


Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare is a gorgeous town and a must see if you are in the Midlands area of England. We spent two days visiting Shakespeare's old stomping grounds, which alone was pretty awesome, but it was a charming town as well with tons to do for the kids. Bronwen enjoyed visiting the birthplace of the author of Gnomeo & Juliet (she watched on our last flight back from WA) and by the end of the trip we had both kids reciting excerpts from Romeo and Juliet:

Bronwen & Alex: "Soft! Look out the window breaks!"

(Romeo: "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?")

 Hee hee :)

  

Shakespeare's house where he was born, raised, and began his married life...



Shakespeare's street (I'm sure it's changed in the last 400+ years)...

The old town area


River Avon

The kids and I enjoying one of the beautiful riverfront parks

Peak in someone's garden
The family home of Anne Hathaway where Shakespeare courted her before he married her...
Anne Hathaway's cottage


cottage garden

orchard

 
A woodland walk behind AH's cottage with fairies and quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream displayed throughout...
 



 The home of Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna and Dr. John Hall...
Hall's Croft
And in case you've ever wondered what it's like getting on the Chunnel train...
video
 

2 comments:

  1. wow. What history. The area looks really, really beautiful. Since you all had long sleeves on it must have been a little cool but can see that everyone had a good time. The houses were so beautiful. They looked bavarian. Glad you had a good time.
    Love you guys,

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  2. It's hard to believe you were at Shakespeares' family home, Ann's home and their daughter's home -- so like a fantacy to me when I think about Shakespeare - but only his works. I never stop to think about where he lived as the man!! But that's the magic of Europe - such a long history and everything still standing so strong. Made to last. Thank you for all you share with us here in the States. Our hearts are always with you. The kids will surely be interested in history in school and have alot to share! what a foundation you are building in them.

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