A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon

We have just come back from a few days in Stratford-upon-Avon. It is such a wonderful place with a marvellous atmosphere. There are so many wonderful old buildings but also really good modern restaurants and coffee bars. Unfortunately there was nothing on at any of the theatres, but it didn’t matter because we had another reason for going there. We went to celebrate a cousin’s 90th birthday.

She is a remarkable old lady, so full of life and vigour. She lives in a village a few miles out of Stratford so she took the bus and met us in the town centre. We had coffee in a lovely modern Italian coffee shop on the river bank, and took the time to catch up on each other’s news. Then we went to The Rooftop Restaurant at the theatre for lunch. It was lovely up there sitting at our table looking out across the river while enjoying a very good lunch. Then We had a walk round the town before enjoying tea at a cafe called ‘Real Tea’. She really enjoyed her birthday treat and so did we.

We stayed at The Falcon Hotel where we had a suite right up in the eaves. It was so old with great black beams and a sloping floor. The view from our window was an interesting one because we looked down on the excavations that have been going on in the garden where Shakespeare’s house once stood.

In the morning we watched schoolboys going to the old Grammar School where Shakespeare was once a pupil. We wondered if they appreciated the honour of attending a school where the Bard had studied.

I really love Stratford-upon-Avon and can’t wait to make a return visit.

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