In much of England, straight is an illusion, probably brought about by the lack beer, or cider. That is just how it is in many of the little country villages, where buildings were constructed from all natural materials and have survived hundreds of years. And yes – they still roof some of the buildings in straw!
We are reminded that the people of today are giants compared to those back in the lets say the 17th century. Ceilings are lower, doors are tiny and well, you almost feel like a Hobbit. It is also necessary to keep in perspective the timeframe. The newest of buildings in some of these places is older than the oldest buildings of the U.S.
The building on the right here is from the 16th century although some of the windows in it date to the 14thcentury.
One such town is Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of Shakespeare, that celebrated its 800th birthday a few years back (1996). Located just 90 miles outside of London, this is a perfect place to visit for a day or a week. It will take you back to an England of old and provide you with great sights, food, hotels and of course a Shakespeare play or two.
This is also a great place to use as a base and explore the surrounding country side where you find castles, palaces and the homes of many other famous English people.
The last time I was there, they were restoring the main theater, but it will be open this year so you have to see at least one play while you are here. Also if you have time, take a slow trip down the river Avon or rent one of the long boats and explore more of the country via the canals. And of course, you have to sample the wares of at least a few pubs. The food is not as bad as the tales of old – honestly.
Brought to you by Brian Bailey
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