Shakespear and Hathaway Day

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Well it was almost a rain free day.
The good news is that we saw everything we wanted to see before it
started to rain. We headed of to Stratford Upon Avon where
Shakespeare and Ann Hathaway house and cottage were. We wandered
around town and took some photos before lunch. Everywhere you look
is like walking through old England. Most of these building are
Tudor, and have been around from the 100 to 1600's. The town is
quite charming. Lots of walking streets and a nice mix of new and

We first ventured into Shakespeare's
Theater. Unfortunately, we could only tour around the general area
as they were rehearsing and we were not permitted into the theater
itself. I have seen some pictures and that is a shame, because it is
quite grand.

We wandered down to the canal area
where the Avon river was. There were plenty of Canadian Geese and
white swans hanging out looking for some food. Then we headed over
to the Mad Museum. This is similar to a science museum because it
consisted of creation made of many moving pieces. It reminded me of
the big gumball machine in Banff that Bailey used to love watching
the bubblegum go around before it fell out the bottom. They also had
a computer program running that was a clock. It had the time build
out of wood timbers and every minute a bunch of workmen came and
changed the pieces of wood to reflect the time. It was quite
catching. We watched it for quite awhile I included a photo of

From here we passed by Shakespeare's
house. We didn't go in because there was a tour bus queuing up and
we didn't want to get stuck in such a small space with all the tour
guys. We then moseyed down to a really cute pub, they claimed to be
the oldest pub in England... not sure but I did sample the Guinness
(it is still good) and took a photo from out of the old window across
the street.

We saw a building that was a Dixon’s
pub the same as the one in Calgary. I added that photo for all of
you Calgary folks who have been there with us. Not quite the same.
Then we were on to Ann Hathaway's cottage. It was mile out of
town, but as Brian is catching a cold we decided to drive. He is
getting very good at driving on the wrong side of the road. Anyway,
It was not what I expected, also it was almost 9 pounds each to get
in. The only cheap thing here is the Guinness. Thank goodness.
Just one small church today, must maintain our record. Then we
headed back to our rooms at the Inn. We are presently waiting for
our friends Dave and Joanne to join us here. They are landing today
from Vancouver Island. The bad news is that the Immigration folks
are having a one day strike so not sure if that will delay their
arrival or not. Guess I will just have to sit and the pub and wait
for them... bloody pity. :) On tomorrow to return the car and get
our boat. Getting excited. Not sure when I will have internet
again, but hopefully at the next pub in the next town. Take care.
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