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Whirlwind long weekend, Shakespeare & Tall Ships

Perfect Canada Day long weekend, not only was it a holiday but also spent it doing many wonderful things for which I am very grateful.

Early Saturday morning boarded a bus to Stratford, ON to watch Shakespeare in Love at the Avon Theatre. Fantastic play - hilariously funny. The actors all did a fantastic job pulling all the comedic elements together. My only criticism (if you can even call it that) is the loss of the 'romance' of the play. I just didn't see the love/romance between the two main leads Luke Humphrey (Will Shakespeare) and Shannon Taylor (Viola de Lesseps) although there seem to be a little of it by the end of it. Still it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the play. Suffice to say the cast got a standing ovation and at least 3 curtain calls! Love day trips like these and we were home in time for dinner! Going back next week to see The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe.

Sunday afternoon was spent wandering harbourfront at the Redpath Waterfront Festival taking in a few tall ships, a viking ship, a Canadian navy vessel, and a Spanish galleon cruising the harbour. These ships are stunning and so much fun to watch. I took many pics while one of my favourite poems by John Masefield ran around in my head!

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.!

Kajama Tall Ship

US Tall Ship

Viking Ship

Viking mast head detail

Spanish Galleon

Canadian Naval Ship

This duck was posing for photos down by the water - it was hillarious!!!

Also over the weekend got caught up on some tv - and I finally got around to watching the series finale of Penny Dreadful which I'd been procrastinating on for obvious reasons. PD deserves it's own post as it was both emotional & heartbreaking. I can't believe this series is over.
Tags: festivals, le weekend, shakespeare
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