Saturday, July 16, 2011


We spent the entire day and evening in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Once we arrived a few friends and I found the public library, a Carnegie library, poked around inside and talked to two librarians. Next we decided to tour the town via a hop on, hop off bus. The first stop was Trinity Church where Shakespeare attended and is buried. Then once back on the bus, we stopped by Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The garden entrances were locked, so we walked around the perimeter and peered in through the hedges. We departed the bus at the Shakespeare Memorial statue near the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre. Once there we had a dinner at a pub named Swan Pub, but nicknamed the Dirty Duck. After dinner we still had two hours to kill, so we walked around town a bit and found our way over by the River Avon and watched the people, waterfowl, and activity on the river. Finally it was time to enter the Swan Theatre for the performance of Cardenio, the lost play of Shakespeare re-imagined. It was a spectacular performance with the added pleasure of flamenco singing and dancing as a finale.

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