We arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon in time to grab a nice pub lunch before seeing the sites. The weather was chilly (even for the Canadian) but we took the time to wander around Stratford and take in the historic houses associated with William Shakespeare.
We started off at his childhood home where we learned some basic, but interesting facts about Shakespeare - his father was a glover, he had 4 siblings that survived past infanthood, and he married his 26 year old lover at the age of 18 while she was pregnant with their first child... kind of a scandal in the 1500s. We also learned that after Shakespeare inherited the house from his father, he converted part of it into an inn, and another part of it was rented out and used as a pub, the Swan and Maidenhead.
Our next stop was Broadway - no, not that one. We were met by construction works along the way but managed to find a way to the High Street anyway. We wandered around, found random shops called Luke's and Elizabeth's, took photos of the countryside, and enjoyed some tea and sandwiches. We enjoyed the quietness of the village in the off-season, and it turns out that by the time we were ready to leave, the streets had gotten busier and the main parking lot was full.
In case you missed it, here is the link to our first blog post about this trip:
And here is our next post from the trip:
AND the travel video we made of our trip to England can be found here!
Here are some more photos from our weekend in the picturesque Cotwolds: