Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the birthplace of Shakespeare. It is a beautiful village to explore, but by my estimation, so is about every village in England!

^ The school Shakespeare attended.

^ Standing in front of the house where Shakespeare was born.

^ The River Avon.

^ One of the most intriguing things for me in this place was seeing these long river boats. There is a canal system in England that was once used for cargo transportation. When the railroad came to England, the use of these canals ceased, and they filled in with silt. They have since dredged many of them out, and the old barges have been converted to house boats. You can rent them for vacations. How nice would that be?

^ When you drive a river boat through the canals you often have to navigate locks like these. The cool thing is that you operate them yourself!

^ This gentleman and his wife live on this barge full time. That is one long, skinny, home, but maybe not that much different than living in an RV. I loved how they had plants and supplies stored on the top of the barge.