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    Romance in the air :)

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Stratford-upon-Avon is definately a town for a romantic getaway!

    Fortunately we are both avid photographers and this keeps us both happy at all times too, the fact we can share this hobby is a boon.

    From the slow barge rides on the river Avon to the gentle walks down old cobbled roads, to exploring ancient (and creaky!) homes packed with English heritage, to intimate dinners in old pubs like The Garrick... all lend a romantic and enjoyable air to the town.

    If you and your partner fancy a weekend interlude, then this is the place to come :)

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    Amazing doors and knockers!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I have had this fascination for doors and knockers for many years!

    The door could be modern and hi-tech, or ancient and falling apart, whether in a museum or a ruin, if it has character and something 'different' about it, then I am intrigued.

    Fondest memory: Stratford-upon-Avon did not disappoint here.

    There were so many doors that are absolutely seeping with character and a 'story' here! Many of them are small and one has to bow one's head a bit to get in. Trinity Cathedral also had this, even I, who am a shorty, had to bend down a bit to enter! The small door was part of a huge door though.

    All-in-all, a very enjoyable time was had here, and I was well pleased with the doors and knockers and history!

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    Having fun!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We both enjoy a good explore!

    The houses in Stratford are great for exploring, especially those that are a little larger and where there sin't a guide in every room, watching your every step!

    Hall's Croft was our favourite one for exploring, it's sprawling inside and out, and, because there weren't tons of people here, we felt we could take our time to explore.

    We were also allowed to take photos inside which was great, as the others do not allow this.

    Go for a barge ride, a walk in the beautiful Riverside and Bancroft Gardens... and above all, enjoy :)

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    The meaning of it all

    by Jenniflower Updated May 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: It's quite easy to get caught up in the lovely character of the town, the charm of the architecture, the beauty of the River Avon... one needs to remember though what this town is about and why it is so well known.

    Much of this town is dedicated to the memory of a man who had an enormous impact on English literature.

    His life may have been over many years ago, but to me his memory if very much a living one, every time I read one of his poems, sonnets or plays, he comes alive!

    I learnt a lot about him at school, where we studied one play a year, and think it is a pity that many schools no longer do this.

    Here is a man with an unsurpassed talent and depth. Sitting in your bookshelf.

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    Quaint cars and vehicles

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We saw quite a few interesting things in Stratford-upon-Avon, this being one of those things!

    There were quite a few biker guys and gals in their black leathers, sitting b the side of the river bank, with their huge motorbikes and Harley Davidson's parked to the side.

    And then there was this.

    Not quite sure what it is, nor what it used for, but it certainly is a talking point and has been beautifully put together. True craftmanship!

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    It's spring and the flowers are a'bloomn'!

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We went in spring, the blossoms were out in full bloom as were the colourful flower beds!

    This is a stunning time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, not only because it is a beautiful time of year for the flowers, but because

    (a) there are other people there but it isn't too crowded, as it does get in summer when the hordes arrive!, and

    (b) even though it is spring, not summer, and there is a chill in the air, the skies were blue, perfect for picture taking!

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    A photographer's paradise!

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Thank goodness we have two cameras now! A Ricoh and a Nikon.

    Stratford-upon-Avon is jam-packed with character and nuance at every turn. There is such a lot of attention paid to detail here, from the flower arrangements in the garden beds, to the architecture in the buildings.

    We took hundreds of photos each day, it really is a photographer's paradise! :)

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    The Old Thatch Tavern

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Old Thatch Tavern sits on a busy corner in the town.

    It's claim to fame is that it is the only thatch roofed building left in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Other houses do have thatch that we saw, but they lie just outside the town, included in this the famous Anne Hathaway cottage!

    This pub looked busy inside and had a traditional and homely feel to it. We didn't get a chance to go inside it this time though. Maybe next time.

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    Personal ads ;)

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: We saw this little note on a shop door and had a chuckle!

    They are looking to mate their dog with another and have thus posted this advert! It is located on a window of a fishing and gun shop.

    This type of thing I thoroughly enjoy, the little quirky things that individualistic towns offer. Something small and seemingly insignificat, but something I will always remember :)

    I wonder if the ad has been answered yet?

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    Gorgeous Tudor houses

    by evaanna Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The streets of Stratford-upon-Avon abound in gorgeous Tudor half-timbered houses. The timber patterns on them are not always made up of straight lines, the most interesting ones have curves and form complicated designs. The house next to Harvard House is one of them, it is now the Garrick Inn, named so after one of the best known Shakespearian actors. To its left is the beautiful ornate house with Pizza Hut on the ground floor. I wish all Pizza Huts looked like this. In the other picture you can see the Shakespeare Hostelrie, also timber-framed and forming a long line of gables. Don't be misled by their sign to think it's a hostel, 'hostelrie' is an archaic or humorous word for an inn or pub, and the place is simply a hotel.

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    Street Entertainers

    by Watsoncomper Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: All through the year but particularly in the summer there are a number of street entertainers around Stratford.

    Waterside and the open park are particularly popular with many impromptu acts to entertain the visitors.

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    Theaters everywhere

    by Mique Written Jul 4, 2004
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    Favorite thing: Stratford doesn't have a lack of theaters. Some bigger and more famous like the Swan while otehrs are much smaller. But if you're into theater you shouldn't have a problem here to find something ...

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    Walk around

    by Mique Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Fondest memory: On the maps that are scattered over town you can find a nice walk along the Avon. It covers both sides of the river. We did start on this walk but got sidetracked by the Cox's Yard and the morris dancers... So of this whole walk we actually only made it across the bridge...

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    Hall's Croft

    by yooperprof Written Jan 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Tudor house with ample connections to the Shakespeare family. William's elder daughter Susannah married its owner, Dr. John Hall, in 1607. Presently the house contains 17th century paintings and furniture which would have been appropriate for someone of the Hall's status in Jacobean England. Also information about the esoteric practice of medecine during Renaissance England. Later, after Shakespeare's death Dr. and Mrs. Hall moved from this residence to Shakespeare's own accomodation, New Place, which had been left to Susannah after Will's death.

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    Sight seeing.

    by Steve-H Updated Oct 29, 2003
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    Favorite thing: The Bulldog Bash takes place every August at the York Raceway, Long Marston just a few miles past Stratford Upon Avon. Stratford is worth a visit, famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare it isnt as tacky as most tourist traps and has plenty of good pubs too.
    Here i am with Trish the singer with the Playgirls outside Shakespeares house, he wasn`t in.
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