April 24th, 2014 marks the 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare.

Just thought of sharing some pictures from Stratford-upon-Avon. A timely tit-bit here – Avon, in old Welsh just meant “river”. So there are several Avons in England – and similarly there are several towns named Stratford. Shakespeare’s Stratford is on the banks of a river, and that’s how it ended up being called “Stratford-upon-Avon”.

The “Avon” in Stratford:


Stratford, Main Street:



Is Shakespeare still alive? A street performer:

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The main attraction at Stratford, obviously is the well preserved house where Shakespeare lived. It’s been converted to a very busy tourist place.

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Side view of Shakespeare’s house:

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Inside one of the rooms of the house:




Shakespeare’s father was a rich tanner by profession and was a rich man. Some leather in process, to bring back those times:

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Inside one of the bedrooms:

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How can you exit a “touristy” place, without entering the Gift Shop 🙂 ?

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William Shakespeare

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p.s:How I wish we had similar memorials to artists and poets in India! Unfortunately we don’t seem to copy the good things from the West. For an example of how we have messed up, read here, and here.