|Stratford-on-Avon is the birthplace
of the world’s most famous
playwright, William Shakespeare.
|We were delighted to meet Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s
best comedic characters, during the Royal Shakespeare
Company’s production of Henry IV. He’s a liar, a braggart,
a glutton and a coward, but the audience still loves him.
|The day we toured Shakespeare’s
home, live actors were performing
short scenes from plays on demand
from the audience. Here is Juliet,
asking, “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”.
|Prince Hal contemplates his royal birthright, with
Shakespeare watching over his shoulder.
|There are 2,200 miles of navigable
canals in the UK, with hundreds
of locks. Built by the Romans,
today they’re mostly used
by leisure houseboaters.
|This parking garage in Stratford boasted a “Healthy
Heart Level 3″, which is code for “we have no elevator”.
Loved the reference to Hamlet’s jester, Yorick.
|The Royal Shakespeare Company,
or RSC as it’s known here, where
great actors, directors and backstage
crew interpret Shakespeare’s work
with reverent passion.
|The Avon river has a healthy thriving swan population.
At least 100 adult swans were aggressively cruising,
looking for a chunk of bread or a photo op.
|All quotes from Shakespeare.|
|Shakespeare’s father was a tanner, and this workshop
was right next to the kitchen where he grew up. Pretty
disgusting when you realize the leather was tanned with
urine. Smelly household :P
|An example of a traditional English garden, with boxwood
hedges surrounding geometric plantings of colorful
|Anne Hathaway’s family home, where she grew up,
before she married Shakespeare. She was actually
pregnant prior to the wedding, quite the scandal.