Stratford-upon-Avon is popular with tourists owing to its status as the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
The town itself was chartered in 1196, making it officially over 800 years old, yet it was a settlement far in advance of this. The Romans had forded the river Avon here a thousand years earlier which means local Britons were crossing the river here way before then.
I wonder what they’d all make of the tourist nick-nacs on display in this window?
This shop has all I could never want and less, from Union Jacks to red phone boxes and plates painted with the face of the Queen or Bill Shakespeare and his houses. Teddy bears and tea cloths, coffee mugs and teapots, all manner of stuff, much of it made in China.
I came home with this photo. It takes up exactly no shelf or wall space in my house and I didn’t have to worry about packing it so it wouldn’t break in customs, nor wondering if my bags would be over weight on the return leg.
Remember the back country rule, take only photographs and leave only footprints.
I did buy a tea towel for my mum, though. She loves all this stuff – probably because she never really traveled far from her home when she was young and fit. Now she’s too frail.
If you’re thinking of visiting Stratford-upon-Avon and want to learn more about the various Shakespeare related properties in and around the town, want to find a hotel or book a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company then visit Stratford Breaks.
Oh, and don’t mention the name of the Scottish Play if you visit the theater! (Like The Roman Road that was another piece I studied in High School.)