|This way to Shakespeare Disneyland.|
For my sister's third day in London, on the Saturday she was here, we thought we'd go on an adventure and head to a place neither of us have been before. Even when studying abroad. So I booked us rail tickets to Stratford-upon-Avon.
I know, I know...bad anglophile. No, I've never been. For some reason I missed that day trip when my group went while I was over here the first time. But no matter, going this time with my sister turned out to be the best decision.
I have to say, I'm a little bit in love with this small, quaint town. Yes, there are lots of tourists, but some of the side streets we checked out were absolutely lovely and charming!
|This is like Main Street USA at Disney...except it's Stratford...so Shakespeare Street.|
|We're kind of into gift shops. They just have the most interesting stuff!|
My sister wouldn't let me buy this. But I am not ashamed to admit I really, really want it.
|I want this...as I'm clearly not concerned with dating ever again.|
At this point I texted my friend Amanda, as she used to live in this area, to inquire what should we do. Because like true adventurers, we made absolutely no plans and looked nothing up prior to getting there. And because I'm only friends with the awesomest kinds of people, she sent me a list of food suggestions. MY FAVOURITE KIND OF SUGGESTIONS. So we went and had one of the most amazing meals over at The One Elm. The sun was out and our skins were the scary kind of white, so out on the patio we sat. My sister is still talking about the food we had there. I was entirely focused on my own, so I didn't bother taking a picture of hers but it had something to do with whipped goats cheese and bruschetta, and a side of curried veggie soup with fried onions on top. Mine was roasted chicken, butternut squash, and bacon risotto. With a side of Aspall's Cyder, another passion in my life.
|I will figure out this recipe and then make it. Every day. Till then it features heavily in my dreams.|
After that delightfulness, we pressed on. And I got distracted by really dorky things. Not unusual.
|This is an old house. Yup. Just thought it looked cool.|
|Oh wait... no it's owned by somebody named Hall's Croft. (KIDDING...Shakespeare's Daughter's house...my friend Caitlin was probably twitching when I wrote that last bit haha)|
|Shakespeare's bust is quite cartoonish, don't ya think?|
Next time Stratford.
Before we left, this happened.
|I don't know this man. But he was excited to be there.|