Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Borough Market + Globe Theatre

Ah, food and theatre go so well together, don’t you think!?!Olives at Borough Market Right across from London Bridge station is the Borough Market, attracting traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock since the 13th century, making it one of London’s oldest markets. The food quality is outstanding, and they had free samples throughout the whole market. However, consider this your warning, do not visit here on an empty stomach! Everything smells so great it will be impossible to choose.

Visitors are encouraged to ask vendors anything they want to know about their products and can expect a knowledgeable response in return. The market has a panel of experts to ensure that the taste and quality of the foods being sold at the market meet their high standards. We took home some pies from Pieminister and it was (sorry Grandma) the best Pie I have ever had! The lady packaged all the pies up for us and put in a slip of paper with proper instructions for heating it up. We grabbed some Pimm’s on the way home, and had a superbly British meal at home.

A bit further along the water front is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre , a reconstruction of the 1599 Globe initiated by Sam Wanamaker in 1949. It is not a circular building but is in fact 20 sided, and was Shakespeare's Globe Theatrereconstructed the same way as it would have been back in the 16th century. The roof is made of water reed, and the walls are covered in a white lime wash. The inside is beautiful, made entirely out of solid oak! The elaborately decorated ‘boxed seats’ are for those of the higher class as the most expensive seats at the theatre back then were located at the sides of the stage. We were lucky and went in the morning, catching the first tour. Any later and we would have not been able to take photos from the inside as the actors would be practicing for their shows in the afternoon and evening.

Love in Verona

“There Is No World Without Verona’s Walls”,  taken from Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story in the world written byJuliet's Tomb Verona William Shakespeare. Verona is the city of love and the capital of music and poetry. Although it cannot be determined if Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ever lived in Verona, there are many references to real places and historical facts on Verona.

One of the first sites we visited was Juliet’s tomb,the only existing monastery outside city walls at the time of the story. Inside the crypt, under the church, lays an empty sarcophagus made of the red Verona marble where it is believed Juliet laid after she drank the poison in the love story.

A few blocks away are both Romeo and Juliet’s gothic style houses. Juliet's Balcony VeronaJuliet’s house is one of the most famous sites in the world, and the amount of people packed into the tiny courtyard proved it! Within the courtyard you see Juliet’s balcony and her bronze statue, which apparently brings good luck if you touch her right breast. Romantics fill the walls and entrance way to the courtyard with love notes. Those who have found their Romeo place a love lock on the gate in the courtyard then throw away the key in the river or one of the many wells spotted throughout the city.

Bra gate, the final stage of the love story, is where Romeo left Verona saying, Bra Gate Verona“There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence-banished is banish’d from the world, And world’s exile is death.” This was the main entrance of Verona during the time that the love story took place and the assumed exit that Romeo would take to leave.