My uncle came to visit us in Bloxham while he was on a trip to Europe, and we took him on a day trip to visit Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England.
Over the years we took many similar trips to Stratford-upon-Avon; my wife took this picture of my uncle, David and I alongside the River Avon.
The last time our family had visited with my uncle was when we lived in Sacramento, CA, and drove up to Portland, OR – so this was a nice little reunion for all of us.
We saw this roadster parked on the street and took David’s picture standing beside it; my friend Chris identified it as a, “Morgan + 4, built by the Morgan Motor Company – most likely around the years 1960-1963.”
David stands beside the River Avon, where we used a small manual ferry to pull ourselves across the River Avon.
Along the banks of the River Avon there’s a lot of open parkland and green space, and here David stands beside a small flock of geese in a park.
We visited the historic birthplace of William Shakespeare – I remember this as part of the courtyard behind the house; there were few other tourists at the time because it was wintertime.
Here’s the streetside view of Shakespeare’s birthplace, where we took an interesting tour of the home; and learned about the period details of English life back at the time when Shakespeare was born.
The streetside area of Shakespeare’s birthplace was part of a paved pedestrian zone, which would have been full of tourists during the summertime.
There are many fine examples of half-timbered houses in Stratford-upon-Avon, making the center of town a, “living museum” of English history.
These historic buildings with their intricate details and leaded glass windows, allow you to imagine yourself several hundred years ago – looking at the same facade.
This historic half-timbered building is, “The Shakespeare Hotel” – which is just as quaint as Shakespeare’s birthplace – and only one of the many beautifully preserved buildings in the historic town center.
Even the busy commercial district of the old town was lined with half-timbered buildings, filled with busy shops and their customers.