We are now home after our two day trip to see 'The Merchant of Venice' in Stratford-upon-Avon. My head is buzzing with images of all we have seen and done. We have walked where two ancient roads met and crossed at the place once called Venonis (the place of the poison plants), eaten wonderful food in a rooftop restaurant, seen a strangely surreal (but quite entertaining) adaptation of the play mentioned above set, not in 16th century Venice, but in present day Las Vegas and wandered around a mediaeval, moated manor house. I'll be back to report on all later.
Meanwhile I'll leave you with a photo of a swan on the Avon - not the Sweet Swan of Avon - which was the playwright Ben Johnson's name for William Shakespeare - but one of the many seen on our early morning, pre-breakfast, walk along the riverside.
And also one of a living statue seen on our after breakfast stroll around the town centre!