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  • Day5

    Stunning Stratford

    August 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The home of Shakespeare and the Avon river. Just a quick stop to explore and get some lunch.
    The £3 meal deals are the best! - A Sandwich, crisps and a drink.
    This place is gorgeous but super full of tourists like us just passing through.
    The Avon river is beautiful, a lot bigger than the one back home.

  • Day26

    Stratford Upon Avon, England

    September 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Love Stratford Upon Avon such a peaceful little town with the beautiful Avon River flowing through the centre. We went on a canal boat ride along the river and visited all things Shakespeare today. He was an amazing playwright and poet producing 37 plays, 154 sonnets and 5 titled poems during his short life of 52 years. I visited his birthplace home and also the cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway. She lived at her family farm until her marriage to William Shakespeare, she was 26 and he was 18 years of age. We also went on a walking tour taken by a very passionate 78 year old lady who had previously been the mayor of the town and also enjoyed her Theatre. She definitely made the stories come to life.Read more

  • Day18

    Stratford Upon Avon

    July 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    An easier day, although cool and windy, which began with a two hour walking tour of town which we came across while wandering and which covered many of William Shakespeares homes and places of interest around town including the medieval and tudor architecture. Yet again you see areas of town that you probably wouldn't come across on your own.
    Following the walk we needed food so went wandering on our own and came across a tearoom with an amazing display of cakes in the front window. That made up our mind, in we went. I can't imagime how anyone could walk past this tearoom and not go in once you gape at the display. There would have been at least 15 cheesecakes, 15 cakes, pies, soup, sandwiches, baguettes, wraps, slices, scones and more......
    Phil had a great chicken baguette and hot chocolate that was like a sundae and I had a piece of huge apple pie and mulled wine.
    We rolled out of there very happy and headed to the river to walk some of the Avon Trail along the river, returning as the rain began and stopped off at an Inn for refreshments before heading home to make dinner plans.
    After our day out and about we both agree it is a lovely town.
    We returned to our room to find it had not been cleaned, upon enquiry finding it had been forgotten.... so I requested an immediate service. We ducked out to allow housekeeping to do her job while I spoke to Reception about a problem which was to be resolved which in due course included an offer of complimentary drinks while waiting for our room.
    I also found out that we were supposed to have Club Lounge access. Yay! Just another example of the disorganisation here. So off we went, free drinks for us and into the lounge for the 5-8pm complimenary service of hot and cold treats and bar, soft drinks and hot drinks.
    Whilst chilling in the lounge two ladies from Sydney came in that had been on our walking tour this morning so we had a fun chat and nibbled and sipped our way thru the evening. No longer any need to go out for dinner and fate is a wonderful thing because it is pouring down by this stage at 8.30pm.

    Phil - I love this town. So neat and tidy, old style buildings that have been kept well.
    I didn't know much about old William Shakespeare till now, and find that he was responsible for most of the english language being documented. Pretty cool dude.
    Funny how fate took over the evening. Problems in the hotel saw us getting into the Club Lounge with free grog and food. Got to love that!
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  • Day8

    Day 7 - Stratford–Upon-Avon & Oxford

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After checking out of the hotel, we headed for Stratford-Upon Avon. In Stratford-Upon Avon we toured Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum and Shakespeare's New Place (the home Shakespeare and Anne to after their marriage). Of the three, I enjoyed Anne Hathaway's Cottage the best. New Place, there was a 30 minute talk before the "tour". We were 3/4 of the way through the talk before we realized that the house no longer existed. I would not recommend anyone going there.

    After lunch we headed for Oxford. We dropped off our things at the hotel and the group was divided into two smaller groups for a walking tour of Oxford. This helped us get oriented so we could explore the next afternoon on our own.
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  • Day27

    Gongoozlers' welcome

    June 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    There are some more locks to negotiate before Stratford, and just as we are leaving the William Cadbury Lock near Welford-on-Avon, a group of lads on a small fibreglass boat appear, heading downstream, and ask if we have a windlass (lock paddle winder) that they can have! Chris reverses Pelangi, lends them our windlass to get through the lock, and after they return it we carry on, wondering how far they'll get along the river with no guarantee of obliging boaters turning up on cue!
    The locks' design is noticeably different the nearer we get to Stratford. One deep lock has special reinforcing girders arching over the lock, apparently to counteract ground pressure on each side. Some of the locks here have commemorative plaques set over them, celebrating the conservationists that helped resurrect a section of the river for navigation in the 20th century.
    At last we are approacing Stratford - the sun is shining, and the warmer weather has attracted hundreds of people to the riverside parkland and to the locks particularly, to just stand and watch the boats going in and out. These are the Gongoozlers (onlookers), that are mostly harmless; sometimes ask mind-bogglingly obvious questions; or irritatingly get in the way when we're wrestling with ropes or difficult paddles!
    We find a good mooring close to where the chain ferry takes foot passengers to and fro, and opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Time for a break from river navigation for a bit!

    The post office here has mail for us!! The Boatmail service we are using will forward mail for us from Reading to the Poste Restante service of virtually any post office we nominate. Jo's postal-vote papers arrived using this service, and essential reading such as our Private Eye subscription have arrived!
    [Chris remembers using poste restante when travelling in Asia and Australia in the Nineties: To be in isolated far away places for months on end, and then being handed mail addressed to me from family and friends at a town or city post office, seemed miraculous!]

    4th June
    After various bits of shopping, we decide to visit the Stratford Butterfly Farm which is close by to our mooring. We found much more than just a hot-house full of butterflies! There are many species of butterfly and moth that are on the world endangered species list. To try and help prevent more extinctions, the farm provides space for thousands of chrysalis to develop as part of a breeding programme with a sister centre in Belize.
    There is also a section of the farm that houses tropical snakes, spiders, an amazing leaf cutter ants nest with walkways - for the ants, silly! - above our heads to get to other nests. But the large, vividly coloured butterflies take pride of place in a very big, heated, purpose-built greenhouse. There are many dozens of species that share the space, surprisingly, with some tropical birds, iguana - which liked to lie on top of the heaters!, giant fish in a sizeable pond, and other insect species.
    We've really enjoyed this visit and especially meeting a very informative young guy who knows a lot about the farm's occupants.
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  • Day29

    Very narrowboats canal...

    June 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Both of the narrowboats that we have owned and lived aboard have been bought in the Midlands, and brought back to Reading via the narrow-locks Oxford Canal. Most of the locks have a single gate at each end and are about six to eight inches wider than our 6'10" boat. They felt much easier to operate than the giant locks of the K&A!
    Similarly, the Stratford-on-Avon canal has narrow locks with - on the southern section - a single gate at each end. But these locks are deeper, still narrower than the Oxford, and we found more difficult to negotiate...
    At the very first lock of the Stratford, the unusually low bridge, just before the lock, is too low for our bikes to pass under without much scraping of handlebars on the roof of our boat. We stop, adjust the angle of the bikes' wheels so they project up less, and we just squeeze under when we start forwards again. Then Pelangi's bow strikes heavily against the end of one of the open lock gates - these locks are as narrow as just three inches wider than Pelangi!
    The second and third locks are the same as the first. Progress up the locks flight is slow until we get into the following routine; with Jo already having emptied any full lock, Chris carefully steers Pelangi into the open lock; Jo then closes the Bottom gate and lowers the gate's paddle whilst Chris grabs the centre rope and climbs onto the canal bank from the roof of Pelangi, to secure the boat for when the lock fills; Jo starts opening the Top-gate paddle with her windlass.
    Most locks' Top gates have at least two paddles that, when raised, allow water from above into the lock. When full, we then open the Top gate, lower the paddles again, and when Pelangi is out of the lock, Jo closes the gate. If Chris remembers, he stops by the towpath for Jo to get on board again! That's the procedure, lock after lock, until we get it right... :-)
    At last, after sixteen of the narrowest locks and lowest bridges we've experienced, we are away from Stratford and have 7 miles of lock-free navigation ahead!

    Every canal has some unique lock, bridge and bankside features to admire or decipher. Other features are common to other canals too. On the Stratford, for example, we find that most of the wrought-iron footbridges have left and right half-arches that don't quite meet in the middle! Jo has read, in one of our guide books, that in the days when most narrowboats were hauled by horses or mules, the time spent unhitching and re-hitching the horse to its boat, whenever there was a bridge over the canal, was dramatically reduced by allowing the towing rope to pass through a one-inch gap in the arch of the bridge! Though many bridges have had their gap filled in or welded, some still retain the thin air that walkers step over to this day!
    Now and again we find ourselves admiring some particular canalside cottage or house, either because of its traditional or unusual design, decoration, or due to it having a well tended garden. Bee hives are a welcome sight; small orchards and large veg. patches are usually jealously gawped at! The barrel-roofed cottages found beside the southern end of the Stratford Canal, were designed by canal-builders who simply copied the shape of their bridges!
    Some boat names or places of origin (often marked on boats) strike a chord too! (Chris's family live in Taunton - the Taunton & Bridgewater Canal is landlocked! )
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Stratford-upon-Avon, ستراتفورد, Горад Стратфард-он-Эйван, Стратфорд на Ейвън, Стратфорд-Эйвонехь, استراتفورد, ストラトフォード=アポン=エイヴォン, 스트랫퍼드어폰에이번, Stratfordia super Avonam, စထရက်ဖို့အက်ပွန်းဧဗွန်မြို့, Стратфорд-апон-Эйвон, Стратфорд на Ејвону, Стретфорд-на-Ейвоні, 埃文河畔斯特拉特福

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