Stratford Upon Avon – A Beautiful Town with substance

Those of us who studied English literature would never miss this famous name, William Shakespeare. One of his well known quote, “To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – Hamlet (Act III, Scene I) is becoming a “must” when we talk about play and literature.

How many of us know the birth place of this great writer? We might have read “Stratford Upon Avon” as we studied Shakespeare’s life story but it seems to be a far away town that has no connection with us at all.

My family had an opportunity to visit this Shakespearean town and was amazed by the richness it offers. We enjoyed the historical sites as well as the beautiful scenery (and the graceful swans too) along the river side. I am here to share some of the photographs captured in this town. Being a new and learning photographer, we did not manage to take great pictures. However, all these pictures form happy memories for the family – because we spent time together in this beautiful town together.

Stratford Upon Avon -  "Avon" literally means river. It is based on the word "afon" in Welsh, with the same meaning

Stratford Upon Avon –
“Avon” literally means river. It is based on the word “afon” in Welsh, with the same meaning

My two children standing between a "king" and a "queen" - we have to pay to take pictures with them though

My two children standing between a “knight” and a “queen” – we have to pay to take pictures with them though

Both Julia and the swans seem to love this avon

Both Julia and the swans seem to love this avon

A must place to visit - Shakespeare's Birth Place

A must place to visit – Shakespeare’s Birthplace

The old Shakespeare's Birthplace is now a library -  The more modern building next to it is where all Shakespeare's information and multimedia presentations are

The old Shakespeare’s Birthplace is now a library –
The more modern building next to it is where all Shakespeare’s information and multimedia presentations are

British starter at Red Lion Public House

British starter / snacks at Red Lion Public House

A statue in the middles of a garden besides the avon

A statue in the middles of a garden besides the avon

Henry had his favorite scone and tea set in a cafe by the quiet waters.

Henry had his favorite scone and tea set in a cafe by the quiet waters.

The house of Shakespeare's mother (Mary Arden)

The house of Shakespeare’s mother (Mary Arden)

The British is taking Shakespeare's historical sites very seriously, gradually unearth precious information for further studies

The British is taking Shakespeare’s historical sites very seriously, gradually unearth precious information for further studies

Shakespeare came from a rich family - but the facilities in the room is somewhat simplistic by today's standard.

Shakespeare came from a rich family – but the facilities in the room is somewhat simplistic by today’s standard.

Can you guess what this is? Well, it is used for toileting at night in the room.

Can you guess what this is? Well, it is used for toileting at night in the room.

A happy couple smiling away in the town centre. You would love to walk in these streets.

A happy couple smiling away in the town centre. You would love to walk in these streets.

One of relatively inexpensive way of traveling in UK is to stay in Bed & Breakfast. It is still expensive to me!

One of relatively inexpensive way of traveling in UK is to stay in Bed & Breakfast. It is still expensive to me!

Relatively comfortable room to have 4 of us staying in

Relatively comfortable room to have 4 of us staying in

It wasn't that sunny - the sunglasses just made us look cool - the entrance of B & B

It wasn’t that sunny – the sunglasses just made us look cool – the entrance of B & B

Do you believe that there are people staying inside this boat? It's a boat house.

Do you believe that there are people staying inside this boat? It’s a boat house.

We were told that this is a favorite spot for afternoon tea - but it's a bit pricy

We were told that this is a favorite spot for afternoon tea – but it’s a bit pricy

In front of the theater which screens Shakespearean plays

In front of the theater which screens Shakespearean plays

This is a typical tudor style buildings in Stratford Upon Avon

This is a typical tudor style buildings in Stratford Upon Avon

You shouldn't miss the farm where you could freely feed the cattles

You shouldn’t miss the farm where you could freely feed the cattle

It's an extremely precious shot - because 4 of us are in this picture

It’s an extremely precious shot – because 4 of us are in this picture

So dear friends, I hope you enjoy these photos. If you do visit the U.K., please consider include Stratford Upon Avon in your visiting list. You will not be disappointed. It is a beautiful town with substance.

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