Shakespeare had always been related to London. He won his fame here. The Global Theater at the Thames River still accounts for his everlasting success. Stratfor-upon-avon, a town about 3 hours drive from London, Shakespeare’s hometown becomes well-frequented with the ever increasing popularity of his works.

Stratford-upon-avon is quite a small town, but every bit of it shows its pride in breeding the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, William Shakespeare. As the birthplace and native land for Shakespeare, Stratford preserves as many historical traces of Shakespeare’s life as it can.

Shakespeare had always been related to London. He won his fame here. The Global Theater at the Thames River still accounts for his everlasting success. Stratfor-upon-avon, a town about 3 hours drive from London, Shakespeare’s hometown becomes well-frequented with the ever increasing popularity of his works.

   

Stratford-upon-avon is quite a small town, but every bit of it shows its pride in breeding the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, William Shakespeare. As the birthplace and native land for Shakespeare, Stratford preserves as many historical traces of Shakespeare’s life as it can.

I’m really surprised by the well-preserved houses and farms here.

   

Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, owned a farm. And the farm, which can be traced back to Tudor period, is still in good condition and is used as a working farm. The preservation of historical attractions is rooted in English culture. Even in London, there are still many buildings from Elizabethan and Victorian periods. Maybe this is why we have the stereotype for the English to be conservative. However, there’s a feeling of timelessness when I visited the historical attractions. It is in these places that we can ponder upon the traditional and historical lifestyle, while taking a break from our busy routine. Like Shakespeare’s plays, although the world accelerates the pace to change, some things don’t change over the years and deserves our attention.

   

Wandering on the streets of Stratford, I passed the school Shakespeare used to study at, the house he spent his whole childhood in and the church he was buried in. Some of these places become museums for millions of Shakespeare’s fans to come to worship. Some, such as Shakespeare’s school, are still functioning in the current society and play an important role in connecting our current life with the times that have past.

 

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