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In my previous post I described our September 6th trip to Stratford that included a stop at the Monforte Dairy. We enjoyed a great cheese tasting and had a peek into the windows to see the various cheese storage/processing areas.

We then ventured into the town of Stratford which is a picturesque and beautiful little town:

http://www.welcometostratford.com/

It is world famous for its theatre featuring the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, its fine dining and it is the birthplace of many famous Canadians.

There are endless dining choices but a friend suggested we try “The Church Restaurant.”

http://www.churchrestaurant.com/

They stop serving lunch at 1:30 in order to give their guests time to get to the various afternoon theatre presentations. But since we were not attending the theatre, we had time to enjoy a leisurely lunch. I happen to love liver, and whenever I see it on a menu, I order it. It was perfect and so were the meals enjoyed by my wife and our friends Hugh and Shanna from B.C.

After our great lunch it was time to enjoy a nice walk along the Avon River which has some fabulous homes backing right onto the river:

The river freezes over in winter and you can find all kinds of people enjoying the game of hockey. There were a tremendous number of ducks enjoying themselves both in the river and along the banks of the river:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ERIDUkG7MrY

I really liked the sentiment on this dedication plaque which was on a park bench beside the Avon River:

By this point we were all ready for a nice cup of coffee. A friend suggested we try Sputnik Espresso Bar and we had an excellent Mocha. Sputnik was decorated in late 1950’s, early 1960s decor. Yes, I know the photo is backwards since I shot the logo from inside the store:

On the way back to our car we came across a really cool bicycle shop called Totally Spoke’d:

http://www.totallyspoked.ca/

They featured some unusual brands that I was not familiar with. In particular there were a couple of gorgeous bikes from a manufacturer called the Electra Bicycle Company:

http://www.electrabike.com/

We were going to stop at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market on the way home, but it was already 3:30 and we wanted to avoid some of the Toronto rush-hour traffic. As it happened there was a 4-car collision on Hwy 427 leading to the QEW/Gardiner Eastbound which backed us up quite a bit on the 427.

We had a great day, great food and great weather for our outing to Stratford.

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