Last June, I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon to spend a day closer to Shakespeare’s story and community. I took a train from Marylebone station in London and it was easy to arrive to this beautiful village.
When I arrived there it was cloudy and cold but I was ready for another sunny summer day like the rest of that week. So the first thing I did was buying a hot chocolate and a sweatshirt in a charity shop. 😅 After that I was ready to begin my adventure: alone in a city I didn’t know! I didn’t even know ‘what to see’ so I found a map and then asked some people in the street. After a year studying Shakespeare at school, I decided to start my visit at Shakespeare’s birthplace. It’s a really nice building from Tudors era. I went around the house and saw the garden. This is a really nice option if you want to see his house but you don’t want to spend money on a ticket. Additionally, you can go inside the shop and see lots of interesting books and some souvenirs. Obviously that if you want to see the place where he was born you should buy the ticket that gives you the chance to go inside and to two other places: the Shakespeare’s New Place and Hall’s Croft.
In front of it I went to a shop that only sells Christmas things! On the door they said ‘186 sleeps till Christmas’ and inside was a magical Christmas atmosphere. It was interesting to think about Xmas in the summer!
I also went to the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) where you can visit the Globe Theatre and see some plays. Next to it, on the river, I found lots of boats with names of characters in Shakespeare’s plays. On the Avon I also did a chain ferry boat trip, and as I was the only passenger I could drive it.
The last building that I visited was Shakespeare’s school that is still working nowadays as an only boys school with girls at Sixth Form.
After that I had to study for my exams because I was in my study leave period. 😅 Happily my exams went very well so I guess I proved that we can always balance our study and enjoy the good things at life with a bit of adventure and discovery. 😊🛶🎭