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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

A grand day out in Stratford

Did the touristy thing today. Open top bus (for once the rain held off ) Anne Hathaway's Cottage, A quick look in the theatre and church, a walk around the town and a lovely relaxing walk by the river. ( done once we got back because Jade was ever so pleased to see us and was desperate to go out, having been left on her own for 5 hours. )We certainly spent a bit of cash today as none of those places were cheap. The bus cost £20 for the 2 of us, £15 for Anne Hathaway s Cottage, £1 each to view Shakespeare grave and nearly £14 for 2 baguettes, a cup of tea and a coffee. Outrages the price for lunch. Next time a packed lunch is in order but we thoroughly enjoyed our day and tomorrows itinerary has already been planned.

 We had hoped to move off this pontoon today but the visitor moorings on the other side of the bridge was full so here's hoping there will be a space for us tomorrow as our 48 hours in the basin will be up by then.

This picture and the one below is of the same pub. Dirty Duck on one side of the sign, named by Shakespeare's mob when he enjoyed a pint or two, and....

The Black Swan on the other side of the sign, pubs proper title.

Presented to the people of Stratford by Israel

The man himself

Old part of the Royal Shakespeare theatre.

Lovely Tudor buildings.

Holy Trinity church known as Shakespeare's church as the site of his burial

Grave of William and Anne Shakespeare

Strange shape to this tree in the cemetery.

Huge tree in the church gardens.

Jade demonstrates perfectly just how big the tree really is.
Williams birth registry

Anne Hathaway Cottage

Ian wanted to know if Casanova was buried here??

One of the bedrooms in the cottage.
Weir one side and lock to the right.


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