Annoying Stratford-upon-Avon

Annoyance(1): The prominently sign-posted park-and-ride facility gladly accepted our £1 compulsory parking fee. However the driver of a bus, which was clearly marked as a park-and-ride bus, informed us (and another annoyed couple) that the scheme hadn’t operated from this site since July last year. Thank you Warwickshire County Council!
Annoyance(2): My fault – I lost the dust cap on my camera lens. Again!

In between these two mishaps, Stratford-upon-Avon is a pleasant enough place if you’re in the vicinity or if Shakespeare is your thing.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Cotswolds village of Naunton

On the way back from an uninspiring visit to Cheltenham we passed through the stunningly pretty village of Naunton. No shops, just a rather attractive looking pub, and with a population of about 350, Naunton would, on a sunnier day, be well worth a proper visit.

I like this watercolour of the village by the artist Lesley Holmes.naunton

Cotswolds bookshops

Today was cold, cloudy and, for a while, very foggy. No point taking pictures in the pretty (though not as pretty as they say) village of Broadway, but we had a decent sandwich lunch at Hunters Restaurant & Tea Room and I found 3 reduced paperbacks at the disappointing Blandford Books.

Stow-on-the-Wold has two bookshops. The Borzoi Bookshop sells new books and is excellent – I bought 2 books. Evergreen Livres is the archetypal second-hand bookshop – dusty old books – I found a wacky modern paperback amongst the old stuff.

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The Queen’s Head in Stow is old and attractive and made for a quiet, evening drink. The lunch and dinner menus look interesting and we plan to revisit later in the week.