Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 239: Stratford

What a beautiful day! Deven went to Muskoka for the day with some friends to help close up their cottage, so with one less body crowding our small car, we decided to go for a drive. We ended up in the lovely town of Stratford.

From Wikipedia-
Stratford is a city on the Avon River in Perth County, Southwestern Ontario.
When the area was first settled in 1832, the townsite and the river were named after Stratford-upon-Avon, England, of Shakespearean fame. The swan has become a symbol of the city. Each year twenty-four white swans and two black swans are released into the Avon River.

It really is a charming little town, and the Victorian architecture is gorgeous. Stratford hosts the yearly world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Here is a nice website.

Strolling through the garden

Mr.Shakespeare. Fun for Christa, since she's been a bit obsessed with "The Bard" lately. Her English class is reading Romeo and Juliet, and she's in Drama club working on a medley of Shakespeare's plays.


Emma and Daddy :)
Gaol. This is a terrible picture taken from the car as we drove by.
According to my research, this is still an operating jail. It seems to be undergoing some construction around the back, and there is razor wire strung everywhere!
I also read that this jail is haunted by a man hanged here in 1895. Verrry interesting.

Oh and by the way? Stratford  is Justin Bieber's hometown (preteen shriek!)

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