September 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Stratford-Upon-Avon (SAv) has been put in the map, thanks to one famous playwright named William Shakespeare.   It is his birth and burial place and is now home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre where actors and fans alike flock to the whole year round.  

It is a mere hour and a half train ride away from London (closer if from Birmingham) but the contrast is as stark as black and white i.e. SAv is a beautiful rural countryside on the banks of the river Avon while London is, well, London.

Photographing this scenic small town, as in all other towns in England, largely depends on the local current weather forecast.  That said, we decided to pay the town a visit on a rather murky day.  Normally, that would have translated into dull, horrible photos but I was pleasantly surprised how the dark clouds added some character into the photos.  Being in a theater town, the drama provided by the clouds is very much appropriate, if not appreciated.

I have not been fortunate to have seen a single Shakespeare play (Shame! Not even the standing one in the Shakespeare Globe in London...double shame!) but I did have a grand time exploring the rivers, the adjoining canals, the parks and best of all the old English pubs.  Afterall, he did say "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man" - well, a pint or two of English beer is what makes me true to myself :)



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