June 1-4, 2010

En route to Stratford, we spent one day with our old friend Peter who vacations in Hamilton over the summers from his home on the Isle of Wight in England. Peter put us up at Rutherford House, a beautiful bed and breakfast near his apartment. We had dinner with old mutual friends Don and Helen and caught up after about 15 years.

[Rutherford House] [Rutherford Bedroom] [Peter]

At Stratford we stayed at the Artful Lodger bed and breakfast with Philip its amiable host.

[Artful Lodger] [Artful Lodger] [Bedroom]

We came to Stratford to attend the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Stratford is the largest repertory theater in the world and stages plays in four theaters as well as sponsoring many educational programs and museums. At the Festival Theater we saw both Shakespeare's As You Like It set in the 1920s, and Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. Both were superb productions with top notch casts. We had lunch in the Lobby Café and enjoyed the heralds that announced the second acts.

[Discovery Center] [Festival Theater] [Shakespeare Statue]

[Theater Gardens] [Theater Lobby] [Hearlds]

One of the most fascinating museums in the Archives of Costumes and Props which stores thousands of items.

[Costumes on a set] [Woman's Dress] [Racks of costumes]

[Hats] [Food and props] [Red dress]

We saw our third production, Evita at the Avon Theater in the center of the city. Stratford is on the River Avon is a delightful small city with many small parks like the Shakespeare Gardens and a unique nineteenth century buildings such as the City Hall and County Court House.

[Avon Theater] [City Park] [Avon River]

[Shakespeare Gardens] [City Hall] [County Court House]

With the thousands flocking to the theaters, Stratford as many great restaurants. The elegant Pazzo on Queen Street was a delightful stop. One of our favorites was Rene's Bistro where we indulged in Prince Edward Island mussels. Next to the Avon we enjoyed the new Pan Tapas and Grill, and had our last dinner at Keystone Alley.

[Pazzo on Queen] [Pazzo Interior] [Robin at Pazzo]

[Rene's Bistro] [Pan Tapas & Grill] [Keystone Alley]

The Tourist Bureau has numerous self-guided tours throughout the town. Our favorite was the Residential Walk which began near the Artful Lodger. Most of these homes were constructed during Stratford's hey day from the mid to late nineteenth century. Their various styles over the years include Ontario Cottage, Queen Ann, Regency, Gothic and Italianate. The last home on the tour was immediately behind the Artful Lodger.

[33 Church Street] [100 Church Street] [112 Church Street]

[208 Church Street] [220 Cambria Street] [305 St. David Street]

[351 St. David Street] [51 Avon Children's Home] [151 Douglas Street]

[150 John Street] [89 Norman] [16 Norman]

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