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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Shaking it up in Stratford-upon-Avon

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now as it was last year, before Christmas, that we visited Stratford. Yesterday however I got myself organised and managed to write up a plan of blog posts, so expect to see many more regular posts coming your way, hopefully! 

Shakespeare's Birthplace

To us Stratford is about an hours drive away from Cheltenham, so not too far. We decided to go via Chipping Campden which I wrote about in an earlier post. 

We didn't really stop and do any of the touristy attractions, but I managed to snap a pic of where Shakespeare was born (above) whilst having a little stroll along the high street. We did pop into one very interesting shop...

The Nutcracker Christmas shop! Obviously now not season appropriate, but who doesn't love Christmas anytime of year?! Just me? Okay moving swiftly on...

We did also go into the Shakespeare gift shop which is located in this beautiful cottage. Serious house goals much?!
Inside they stock basically all things Shakespeare, so definitely great if you want to open yourself up to the world of Shakespeare; or for the literary buffs, buy a manga edition copy of your favourite play. (They sell those here). Maybe not? Okay! 

At the beginning of Henley Street (the main st) we came across this interesting statue of a jester. As you can see above, it was gifted to the town by Anthony P. Bird as a token of his esteem for the town in which he worked and lived. The statue is made from bronze and was created by James Butler R.A. who also made the Jubilee coin! What an interesting thing to donate to a town! Do you think nowadays in modern times we should continue with this tradition? Would you donate a statue to your town? And what would it be?

An impressive building for a public library! This grade II listed building was almost destroyed years ago to be replaced with a Carnegie library, but thankfully was saved by novelist Marie Corelli. 

To end our little whistle stop tour of Stratford-upon-Avon we end up stopping at probably one of my most fave Thai restaurants: Giggling Squid.

This was the first and only time I have visited the Giggling Squid, but if we lived closer, you can guarantee I would be there all the time. 

First things first, it is located in another historical tudor-style building; the service was excellent and the food divine. 
I had the chicken satay to start with which I wish I had photographed now as the presentation was amazing! For my main (above, left) I had Chicken Massamam curry and a portion of sticky rice (always a bonus if they serve this!), and my husband Fabio had (above, right) his favourite Thom Kha chicken soup with sticky rice to soak up all the coconut-y juices... yum! 

This is making me so hungry right now, so i'm off to make my lunch, however I hope you enjoyed another travel type post. I know this is technically a food blog, hence the name, but I love travel and sharing with you guys, so expect more to come!

Let me know if you visit or have visited Stratford, or if you have any places you'd like me to visit which I can write about - always happy to! :D


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