Saturday, October 13, 2012

A rose by any other name...

Our first stop in Stratford-Upon-Avon was the home where William Shakespeare was born and raised.
This 16th century home has been a tourist destination for over 250 years.  

It's located on Henley Street which is an old cobbled street in the center of town. 

The tour starts with a short, creative audiovisual presentation
and then you can explore the old house. 

This is the First Folio which was published in 1623
and is the first collection of Shakespeare's works. 

We caught the end of a short performance in the back garden.  

 The back garden is planted with flowers that would have been popular when Shakespeare lived there.  

 The house demonstrates how a family of that time would have lived
and there are interpreters in a few of the rooms. 
No pictures allowed inside, but it was a very interesting tour.  

We paid £24 for admission to the five houses that are a part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
We only visited 3 of them because we got a late start.
Three of the locations are in town and a close walk from each other.
We drove to the other two sites which were a few miles away.  More on them later.
The sites all close at 5pm.

TE was so patient when I pulled the Macro lens out of the bag.
I just couldn't resist the sunny garden.  

I love that lens!  Best birthday present ever, I tell ya.  



  1. Your pictures are always so beautiful!! The flowers are incredible! It looks like you had a lovely time

  2. Great work with the Macro lens. Brilliant photos.
    Looks like you had a wonderful day.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Liz x

  3. Wowee! Those flower photos are super Selina!

  4. Absolutely beautiful, you are an amazing photographer!

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  6. so beautiful! I'd love to learn more about historical gardens - fascinating!

  7. Your close-ups are incredible! Bet you are really enjoying your new lens! You've inspired me to return to Stratford--I haven't been there in years, and it's definitely worth a return visit!

  8. Your photos are incredible. I am so jealous of your macro lense!! I would absolutley love to visit those places! Thanks for sharing your adventures. I miss the green of the south and midwest(now being in the dessert mountains of Northern Nevada)...but the green of your island has me 'green with envy'. ;-)


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