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Cotswold District

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  • Day10

    Cirencester, UK

    July 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Bonjour 👋🏻,

    On a quitté Oxford ce matin après avoir manger une bonne crêpe pour le petit-déjeuner, c’était la première fois qu’il n’était pas inclus avec la chambre. On en a profité pour manger quelque chose de différent.

    Un trajet d’une heure pour aller dans le patelin de Mister Shakespeare à Stratford-upon-avon. C’est une petite ville touristique qui mise sur cinq demeures reliées plus ou moins à Shakespeare. On a vu entre autre la maison 🏠 où il est né, une maison où il a demeuré, son école ainsi que la maison de sa fille. On s’est contenté d’une marche 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶‍♂️ pour voir les différentes maisons car le prix demandé pour visiter l’intérieur était vraiment exagéré entre 10£ et 20£ par personne et par maison. Donc pour beaucoup moins cher, on a pris une bière 🍻 dans le plus vieux pub de la ville, The Garrick Inn, datant de 1594, vraiment un beau vieux pub. On a fait connaissance avec un couple de la Suisse 🇨🇭 dans ce beau pub.

    Ensuite, on a conduit dans les petites rues de la campagne Anglaise, une région nommée Cotswolds. Petites rues, mets-en. C’était des routes à double-sens mais à plusieurs reprises c’est tout juste si un voiture 🚗 passait et la limite de vitesse est 60 milles à l’heure, c’est ben vite quand deux voitures passent pas, heureusement 😅 la circulation est faible sur ces petites routes. Mais les villages sont bucoliques, vieilles maisons très bien entretenues. On a passé entre autre, pour en nommer que deux, à Bourton-on-the-Water, la très petite Venise de l’Angleterre et Bibury qui est l’un des villages pittoresques typiques de la campagne anglaise. Pas trop de pas pour cette partie du voyage car le trajet devait se faire en voiture.

    Pour cette nuit, on a loué une chambre dans l’université de l’agriculture, un beau bâtiment. Ce site est une vrai université et lieu d’une série télévisée en ce moment et je crois bien qu’il y a des camps d’été car beaucoup de jeunes 👧🧒 sont sur place présentement. Et pour terminer cette journée de mon anniversaire 🎂, Julie et Anto m’ont amener dans le plus beau restaurant de la place Côte Brasserie pour manger un bon filet mignon et une bonne bouteille de vin.

    Alors voilà pour aujourd’hui
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    marie-pierre leger

    Tout d’abord, « Happy birthay to you », mon ami! 🎉🎂Effectivement, c’est très beau ce coin de pays Shakespearien! 🎭

    7/26/18Reply
    Richard LaRocque

    Bonne fète Michel et bonne continuation à vous trois

    7/26/18Reply
    demonville

    Merci

    7/26/18Reply
    Claude Décarie

    Bonne fête en retard Michel - Claude

    7/28/18Reply
     
  • Day10

    Quintessential villiages

    August 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We took a little driving tour of a few of the villages in the Cotswolds today.Moreton in the Marsh, Bourton on the Water, and the Slaughters. Gorgeous places where it looks like time stood still. Well it would if it wasn't for cars and buses but they are lovely towns and beautiful old buildings. My favourite was the Slaughters, there are two little villages very close together and it was very quite and laid back.Although they are having their annual fete on Monday and expecting 10000 people. So guess it won't be too quite that day!

    We check out a little brewery near Bourton on the Water. Had to go around the slaughters a few times to find I with a bit of help from a couple walking their dog.t. It just had a small front shop but the girl in there happily got us some beer to taste. It was pretty good and we came home with a couple of bottles.
    Tried our first cream tea. Which is Devonshire tea as we know it in Moreton on the Marsh. Clotted cream too, another first.

    On the way home we came across an open garden and pulled in to have a look. Burton House Garden, beautiful, and so peaceful. It's only open for 3 days of the week, the owners are there the rest of the time, so we were lucky we came across it on the right day. Acres of flowers, topiaries, gardens and gorgeous trees, and a beautiful tithe barn.

    The lady on the counter gave us a little lesson on the tithe barn. Tithe means tenth and the farmers had to pay the lords a tenth of what they grew. Most of which they didn't eat and threw back into the streets when it was rotten. The poor peasants who were starving would eat it and a lot of them died from the bacteria in the rotten corn. They then blamed the young girls of the villages and accused them of being witches. The girls then had to draw a perfect circle with some sort of leaves in the middle to prove they weren't witches and you can still see some faint ones there still!
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    Leanne Roles

    Oh looks like you found my favourites! Gorgeous aren't they.

    8/26/17Reply
    Cam Leitch

    Beautiful scenery

    9/6/17Reply
     
  • Day9

    Over to The Coltswolds

    August 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Picking up a hire car in central London, umm not really sure what I was thinking! Turned out alright though, it was only a few blocks from our hotel and pretty easy to get out of town thank goodness. The hire place was very interested in us, they had never had anyone hire a car for 40 days before so we were a bit of a novelty. They did their best to try and convince us to upgrade to a merc but for an extra 60 pounds a day, that's a lot of wine and beer so we managed to stay strong, although Graham did look longingly at it when we left. They did give us a new car though with only 400miles on the clock.

    Gps told me it was an hour's drive to the Coldswold. Sure if every other car on the road wasn't there maybe, it was pretty good once we got on to the freeway but still took us a couple of hours. We stopped in Stow-on-the-Wold on the way and had a bit of a wander around and some lunch. Pretty little village with supposedly England's oldest pub, although I think there are a few places vying for that claim.

    We found Chipping Campden where we are staying for 3 nights without much problem, finding a park near the hotel was a different story, but we managed it in the end. It's s pretty little village too. All the building are original or the facades are at least and it looks much as it would have three hundred years ago!

    There were a few tour bus people wandering around but they all disappeared at about 4 o'clock. Then it was just the locals and the people staying in the village.

    After a wander round town and a chat to a few people about where is the best place to have dinner, turns out its where were staying! So back we go had a couple of drinks in the bar with a few oldies and their dogs, and then Indian in the restaurant! Is it weird to have Indian at an old English pub? Was pretty good though!
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    Leanne Roles

    Make sure you go to Burford, Bourton on the water and Upper and Lower Slaughter, my favourites in the Cotswolds.

    8/26/17Reply
    Cam Leitch

    What a lovely pub!!

    9/6/17Reply
     
  • Day64

    The Police Museum

    July 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The Police Museum with its old courtroom was something unusual and interesting to visit. There was a meeting going on in the Courtroom, so we couldn't go in, but I peeked in and took a quick photo from the doorway.Read more

    Donna Vig

    You are very brave

    7/7/18Reply
     
  • Day64

    Tetbury: a Market Town

    July 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Tetbury is one of many small, beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. It has an old Market Hall, dating from 1655 that was open. We bought a meat pie (meatloaf wrapped in flaky pastry) for lunch, and some strawberry jam to take home.

    Chipping Steps goes up the hill to the market area (chipping means market), and passes by some charming 17th-18th Century homes. Almost all the buildings in the Cotswolds are made of limestone--so pretty!
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    Sherri Clark

    What a delightful little town! My friend, Penny whom you met, has always told me the Cotswolds were her favorite place in England.

    7/8/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    Yes, it's wonderful. We met a couple who moved here from Scotland, and they love it here!

    7/9/18Reply
     
  • Day11

    More of the Coltswolds

    August 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Found some smaller villages today. Stanton, Leavton, Dumbleton, which sounds like it's a place the Wombles would have lived. All very pretty especially Stanton, it had a lovely old pub at the top of the town. We stopped in Broadway for a bit of a walk and bought some fresh strawberries and cream from the local church stall, then went up to Broadway tower for some great views over the countryside.

    Driving around the Cotswolds is like turning circles, you keep seeing the same things again and again. We set off then to find Hidcote Gardens, another gorgeous garden, which was set out in different rooms. 10 acres of them!

    Got back to our room just in time to watch a wedding at the church across the road. Nice view we had from the window in our room. I was nearly going to ask the photographer if they wanted to come use our perch. After putting our feet up for a while we set of to find Dover's Hill and then The Fleece Inn! Dover's Hill is a natural amphitheatre and great lookout point, and The Fleece Inn is a six hundred year old pub, probably another contestant in the oldest pub contest, it certainly did look the part!

    It's Saturday today the middle of the bank holiday weekend and it's pretty busy, but we've managed to avoid most of the crowds so far, except in our village where today it's a bit of a challenge getting a park. Came home through Evesham, which is a much bigger town and then on to Ebrington where we're having dinner at the Ebrington Arms!
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    Leanne Roles

    Aren't the pubs lovely? You've managed to find quite a few so far!

    8/28/17Reply
    Karen Long

    Ha ha they seem to be a magnet!

    8/29/17Reply
     
  • Day64

    Chuch of John the Baptist, Cirencester

    July 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Here is another beautiful church! Highlights:
    Icon of St. John the Baptist
    Pulpit, 1450, rare wine glass design (note sermon-timer on the wall)
    Chapel with fan vaulting that was added 350 years later
    Cup made for Anne Boleyn in 1535, given to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I
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    Wow - beautifully artistic! Posted by Sue Johnson

    7/31/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    Agreed!

    8/2/18Reply
     
  • Day65

    Chavenage Tour

    July 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    On our tour we saw the bed that Oliver Cromwell slept in, when he made a visit to the owners. During England's civil war (1642-46) between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, Cromwell was trying to get support to have King Charles I killed.

    The Cromwell bedroom is used in filming Poldark. It has wool tapestries on the walls, and they were made to fit the room.

    The next bedroom has silk tapestries on its walls. It contains several military weapons and a helmet, which is surprisingly heavy! Above the fireplace is a hat cover, used to keep the hat from getting dusty when out riding. When two men on horseback met on the road, they would quickly put on their hats, and the one with the smaller hat had to give way to the other, out of respect. Wish we had some way of giving or receiving right of way on some of these narrow roads!
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    Bruce Erichsen

    Is that painting murals on the walls or tapestry?

    7/9/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    This room is done in a wool tapestry.

    7/10/18Reply
     
  • Day35

    Hidecote Gardens

    September 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Let’s go to Hidecote Gardens, only 20mins up the road and it’s mostly road not lane.

    Ah, we have been here before. Not to worry says Bernadette I don’t remember anyway. Alas.

    Still a lovely place particularly without the heat and crowds of last time.

    School is back and the demographic has certainly changed. Average age increased by 45years and the walking aids by a hundred fold.

    The National Trust has had the property for 70 years, left to them by Lawrence Johnston who created the gardens between 1907 and 1938. A major in the army he also had the good fortune to be the son of a very rich American mother who bought him the property as a “blank canvas” and $20 million on her death.

    It’s good to be a gardener.
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    Graham Britt

    It’s good to travel with the Alzheimic

    9/4/18Reply
    Shirley Longhurst

    Camera and photographer behaving well.

    9/4/18Reply
     
  • Day18

    Goodbye to our Cotswold cottage

    August 28, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Really enjoyed our stay in Northleach and the little cottage right in the village. We'll miss the creaky floors, low ceilings, steep stairs, dodgy plumbing and all the other charming cottage features. Lovely garden and waking to church bells each day was a real treat. Internet access was a real challenge though. No WiFi, no mobile. The local coffee shops were much appreciated not only for the excellent coffee, but for decent WiFi as well. Off to London.Read more

    been really enjoying the narrative and pics...Peter

    9/1/15Reply
     

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