Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Day in Stratford - Part 1

Yesterday we went to Stratford. We went to see the Tempest and to go out for a nice dinner and to celebrate the Husband's Birthday. His birthday is really the 23rd of August, but in our world celebrations seem to fall on the available days. So a Birthday celebration it was.

We got into town about 11:45 and drove around a bit to get our bearings. The Husband had never been before and it had been ages since I was there. We parked (at the amazing rate of 40Cents an hour!) and headed down town to check out some of the chi-chi shops and to find some lunch.

We had lunch at Bentley's, Quiche and salad. Both were good, but it wasn't until after we had ordered that we realized that we had also had scrambled eggs for breakfast. Ooops. Ah well, my cholesterol is fine. For now. It started pouring just minutes after we were seated so for a while service was a little slow because everyone came running in to get out of the rain. But the food was tasty and they actually offered unsweetened iced tea! I find most iced tea too sweet and this was perfect.

Poking in some of the little shops I found a very pretty paper art picture of a cardinal. I bought it and will have it framed soon. We also got some chocolate, some band-aids that look like bacon and a new book. There was a cook book store that let us in after closing and I found a book I had been looking for for a while. Of course I had to buy it. It's Laurie Colwin's "A writer returns to the Kitchen".

The play was pretty amazing. The sets were very minimal but the actors were great. William Hutt was perfect as Prospero. Sometimes the sound effects from the storm kind of overrode what the actors were saying, but you could get the drift. The Husband really liked it and the whole experience of the Festival so we are planning on going back next year.

We also went out for dinner as part of the Birthday revels. But that is for another post. I promise to tell you all about it, and there will be a special guest blogging episode from none other than the man himself, the Husband.

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