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  • Day316

    Lavendel

    July 7 in the United Kingdom

    Ich kann mich nur entschuldigen! Heute werdet ihr nämlich ganz schön viel zu lesen haben. Jedenfalls werde es ganz schön viele ganz kleine Footprints werden. Sorry!
    Mein Tag hat relativ früh und das mit Joggen angefangen. Das war heute durchaus eher ein Kampf, aber ich hab ihn gewonnen und das zählt! Zuhause hab ich abgekühlt und dann irgendwann geduscht bevor ich in Ruhe gefrühstückt habe.
    Gegen neun Uhr bin ich dann losgefahren und hab Maria vom Bahnhof in Haddenham abgeholt. Zuerst sind wir dann wieder nach Thame zurückgekommen und ich hab ihr 'mein' Haus gezeigt. Nach dem kurzen Boxenstopp haben wir uns dann auf in die Cotswolds gemacht. Das Wetter war den ganzen Tag über einfach nur traumhaft! Es war magisch!
    Unsere erste Station und mein erster Footprint ist bei den Lavendel Feldern. Der Duft war betörend, aber auch nicht viel zu intensiv. Es war unglaublich diese satten Farben in echt zu sehen und durch den Duft auch in gewisser Weise fühlen zu können. Es war wirklich etwas sehr besonderes, was ich so noch nicht erlebt habe! Beeindruckend war auch das ständige Summen der vielen Bienen in dem Lavendel, was die sonst komplette Stille gefüllt hat. Irgendwie hat mich der Besuch bei den Feldern auch innerlich sehr ruhig gemacht. Ich behaupte mal, dass das nicht ist, weil ich betäubt wurde durch den Duft, sondern weil ich (zugegebenerweise von Menschen geformte) Natur wortwörtlich hautnah erfahren konnte. Das hat etwas extrem entspannendes und war wunderschön!
    Wir konnten gar nicht aufhören Bilder zu machen! Es war echt toll und ein genialer Start in den Tag! (Nach einer kleinen Werbepause gehts weiter... Nur Spaß. Ihr habt nur so lange Zeit euch jetzt zu entspannen, bis ich den nächsten Footprint fertig geschrieben habe!). Bis gleich!
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  • Day316

    Snowshill

    July 7 in the United Kingdom

    Auch wenn wir nun wirklich nicht lange in Snowshill waren, verdient auch dieser Stop seinen eigenen Footprint.
    Snowshill ist ein kleines Dorf direkt bei den Lavendelfeldern. Es ist wunderbar idyllisch mit wunderschönen Häusern aus dem Cotswolds Stone. Vielleicht erkennt ihr ein bisschen war aus Bridget Jones, aber bei den Bildern, die nicht viel von dem Dorf an sich zeigen ist das wahrscheinlich ein bisschen schwierig.
    Ich hab das Auto geparkt und dann sind wir durch das winzige Dörflein geschlendert und haben uns die Kirche angeguckt. Kirchen sind generell tolle Orte, wo man sich geborgen fühlt. Die Wirkung fühlt man oft am einfachsten an einem warmen Sommertag, wenn man dann in die kühle Kirche tritt. Es war echt angenehm.
    Kurz danach haben wir das Dorf dann auch schon wieder verlassen und waren bei unserem nächsten Programmpunkt.
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  • Day316

    Bibury

    July 7 in the United Kingdom

    Unser letzter Stop in den Cotswolds war dann in dem unglaublich idyllischen Dörfchen namens Bibury. Vor allem berühmt ist die eine Straße aus Cottages, die irgendwann 1300 errichtet wurden. Das Licht hat den Stein einfach nur strahlen lassen. Es war echt hübsch!
    Auch Bibury soll in Bridget Jones mitgespielt haben, oder auch in Stardust. Das glaub ich auf jeden Fall gerne. Das ist so schön, dass da quasi jeder Film irgendeine Szene drehen sollte!
    In Bibury sind wir ein bisschen spazieren gegangen und haben mal wieder viele Bilder gemacht - wie denn auch nicht, wenn alles um einen rum so unglaublich schön ist?!
    Unser Cotswolds-Abenteuer haben wir dann mit einem Eis auf einer Mauer in der Sonne an dem Flüsschen sitzend abgeschlossen. Das war einfach nur ideal und hat mein Glücklichkeitslevel noch mal gesteigert. Ich bin zwar echt müde jetzt, aber auch wirklich glücklich!
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  • Day316

    Sudeley Castle

    July 7 in the United Kingdom

    Ich hab gerade die letzte Aufgabe meines Tages erledigt, deswegen die etwas größere Pause... Jetzt aber weiter zu meinem Tag! Nach Snowshill sind wir zu Sudeley Castle gefahren. Das war wieder eine sehr interessante Reise auf sehr kleinen Straßen, aber es hat auch Spaß gemacht da mit offenen Fenstern lang zu fahren.
    Sudeley Castle war unter anderem das Zuhause von Catherine Parr, der sechsten Frau von Henry VIII. Wir haben zuerst eine Ausstellung besucht und sind dann durch das Haus geschlendert. Das ist echt schön und man sieht, dass es auch heute noch bewohnt wird - das freut mich immer aufrichtig!
    Nach dem Haus waren wir kurz im Garten und haben dann erst einmal Tee getrunken und Kuchen gegessen Dann waren wir wieder kurz im Garten und haben die Sonne genossen. Sudeley Castle mag ich auch besonders gerne, weil da Szenen aus Emma von 1995 gedreht wurden um Donwell Abbey darzustellen. Das zweite Bild zeigt mich wie ich mich eben jener einer solchen Szenen nähere und das dritte zeigt das auch, aber da wusste ich, dass ich fotografiert werde.
    Das Haus, der Garten - das Anwesen! ist echt wunderschön. Im Garten gab es viele duftende Blumen, vor allem auch Rosen. Meine Nase wurde heute also echt verwöhnt.
    Unendlich lange sind wir nicht in Sudeley geblieben. Das kann man locker schaffen, aber wir hatten noch ein paar andere Dinge vor! Also bis gleich!
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  • Day13

    Dursley to Wotton-under-Edge, June 11

    June 11 in the United Kingdom

    A very nice breakfast, a very nice host, and two other guests enjoying a 40th high school reunion.

    A most enjoyable way to travel in England as we've met the nicest people and received much appreciated assistance. Today was no exception.

    After breakfast, and after lugging the kitchen sink down stairs, we left with a full stomach and headed uphill (we are always walking uphill, or so it seems) towards Stinchcombe Hill and the golf course. A tough uphill walk on a full stomach. *#@$##. At the top, we ran into a ladies foursome ready to tee off, but they detected a non-British accent and chatted with us for a bit, then we walked off to see the sights. A long downhill opened into a series of fields where we could see Tyndale Monument, erected to honor William Tyndale who translated the bible into English. A long pull to climb up the hill, but before we did that, another story.

    We were walking into North Nibley reading the guidebook which said to walk along The Street. That caught us by surprise...the street? What was the name of the street that we were walking along? Cannot believe the street sign that we soon passed as it was indeed, "The Street". With all the locations in England and all the famous people over the years...to call it The Street! Such modesty.

    Anyway, we were looking for a coffee and scone cafe, the Black Horse B & B was mentioned in the book, but it was closed. Bummer twice over!

    While discussing our predicament, a young man was making deliveries and Arlene asked if he knew of a coffee shop that would be open. He replied yes, that he worked at the Nibley House and he said to walk back the way we had come and at a corner, to make a left, then go by the nursery and knock on the kitchen door. He mentioned a name, but I cannot remember. Anyway, we briefly discussed not walking back, but decided to give it a try. I knocked on the kitchen door (I would call it a back door), an elderly lady came to the door and I relayed the story. She looked pleased and invited us to have a seat at the outside table, enjoy the view and she would brew us a pot. She ran a B & B so it was not quite like knocking on a private home door.

    We had an entertaining conversation and learned that she had lived there for 55 years and her husband had been there longer. We were invited in to have a look and received the royal treatment. This was special! The house was rebuilt in 1763 so you get an idea as to its age.

    Afterwards, we walked down the road to St. Martin Church which dated to the 15th century (and it needed some TLC).

    We carried on and climbed the hill to see Tyndale Monument. Quite a view from the top, then along a reasonably flat stretch meeting four folks out walking the dogs. They asked us about Trump, how concerned they were and we shared our concerns as well. No guns were drawn so we felt safe to be Americans :)

    Our way continued through the wood passing the Brackenbury Ditches (an old fort dating to the Iron Age), fields and distant views, then down the trail passing Wolton Hill, a commemorative circle of trees now called the Jubilee Plantation which provided more outstanding views of Wotton-under-Edge.

    Once we got into the village, we were discussing the directions to the B & B when our host drives up and asks us if we wanted a lift. "Sure do" was our response.

    We got there, were shown around, offered fruitcake and beverage and told to make ourselves at home.

    We did!

    We later walked into town to the tourist info center, got the story on the large painted hares (rabbits to us), checked out an ice cream shop, the alms house, and visited the church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

    We are tired and looking forward to a nice meal provided by our hostess.

    And a very good and special meal it was as we had dinner with our hosts. Conversation was interesting and we had a most enjoyable time.

    Tomorrow is the longest walk...13 miles so we are winding down.
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  • Day7

    Winchcombe to Dowdeswell, June 5

    June 5 in the United Kingdom

    I've included two pictures from yesterday of the castle gardens. Very pretty and well maintained.

    This morning we were up early as we had an eleven mile walk, plenty of uphills, and wanted to get out quickly after breakfast.

    I went down early to check out the weather and noticed a meat delivery man taking a half hog into the sausage shop across the street. He carried it on his shoulder without any wrapping on it. Food safety? Then perhaps 30 minutes later, one of the sausage guys was carrying an arm full of packaged sausages up the street to (I presume) the co-op food store. Those sausages were good as Arlene had them for dinner and I had one for breakfast...and no one is sick yet.

    Our walk out was quite cool and the uphill began in earnest shortly after passing The Bourne Construction Company. Recall the Bourne trilogy? Must have begun here in Winchcombe.

    After passing a cricket field we entered a pasture of sheep (we see lots of sheep, and I do mean lots) and a couple of horses. A beautiful black stallion started to approach me, stuck his nose on my arm making me quite uncomfortable then proceeded to "nose" me up the hill. Arlene got a laugh, but I was worried about being bitten; or worse, losing my hat. I finally stopped to confront him and he stuck his nose where I could rub his forehead. Seemed friendly enough and he must have smelled salt on my pack as I had it in Spain and for sure I sweated while carrying it. This was quite an experience.

    We soon approached an ancient burial mound...Belas Knap from the Neolithic period. Per the signage, it dates to 5000 years ago, or 3000 BC. Excavations found several skeletons and radio carbon dated them to that time period. Makes me feel young. The site was very well preserved, perhaps because it was far out in the country and uphill for most.

    Our walk continued and we had coffee at a golf course clubhouse on Cleeve Hill...the highest point on the Cotswold Way. Guys playing there must have mountain goat DNA in their blood as it was a very long course, plenty of uphills, and most who I saw were wearing skull caps and jackets, and carrying their clubs. It was quite breezy that high, with a 360 degree view.

    Beautiful scenery surrounded us and though the day was cloudy, we could see for miles and miles given the elevation of the hills. Saw a couple of joggers on the golf course and they passed us flying, going downhill towards the butterfly sanctuary.

    We finally reached our pickup point. The B & B we are staying in was a taxi ride away from the trail so we had a short wait for the taxi. Lovely B & B and just a short walk outside town.

    Dinner was a 28 minute walk away and we enjoyed salmon that was excellent. Of course, one must remember that I am extremely hungry and will eat anything...well, just about. Should be another cool walk in the AM. Hope to be on the trail shortly after 0800 as we need a taxi to the trailhead.

    Enjoy the pictures.
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  • Day3

    Chipping Campden, June 1

    June 1 in the United Kingdom

    Great to get a full night's sleep. Breakfast was a full English and very filling. Enjoyed conversation with a gentleman from the Bath area who was also walking The Cotswold Way so he shared a few tips and places to see in Bath. He was walking it in seven days which includes a couple of 20 mile days...more power to him.

    After breakfast we strolled to the tourist information center, purchasing a Campden walking tour guide, and headed out to see the sights which included the Church of Saint James, the "official " beginning of The Cotswold Way and other local sights. We initially walked to the Cotswold Olimpick Games location, on Dover's Hill. We decided to check out the sights this am and not get caught up in the crowds that are beginning to build in Campden.

    Ran into a gentleman who was finishing The Cotswold Way and he said the trail was tough from Broadway. Our task tomorrow, I guess, and we are just beginning. He walked in the reverse direction thus the trail markers point both ways so the trick is not to get confused about the direction of travel. Arlene has the guide book so if we get lost, well then...

    After walking around, we decided to relax and get ready for the first of our walks tomorrow. Arlene packed, and repacked, until she got it right while I just made sure I was not going to leave something behind. Brought back memories of the Camino days when all went into the pack, post haste.

    Dinner was at Eight Bells and they had Scrumpy Cider.

    Sure packs a wallop, it does. I recall seeing an episode of Rick Steves' travels where he met the man who made Scrumpy Cider and they had a laugh while enjoying a mug. "Came from me grandfather's recipe" he said, and not bad at all. Anyway, we had fish and chips, and finished the entree with, guess what, another sticky toffee pudding. It really is not a puddimg, but a light cake with toffee sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What a meal!

    The pictures: the altar in St. James, the arched pass-through in a coffee shop on High Street, an old car and a kids slide at the Olimpicks site, and two pics of High Street.

    Thought we could stay awake until after the fireworks and parade, but no. Still very light at 9:35, but we are going dark. Tomorrow, our first ten miler.
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  • Day4

    Chipping Campden to Stanton, June 2

    June 2 in the United Kingdom

    Let's start with last night. Wow! After turning out the lights, the fireworks began and lasted for 15 minutes. We had a ringside seat from our room and captured a few pictures of the display. Then the bands started to play and walked, or did they march, the 3/4 mile with about two to three thousand party animals behind them. They came in two waves and marched right by our room to the town square where the stage was set, the barbecue was hot and the beer was cold. Quite a sight!

    Some time later (we were getting no, and I do mean no, sleep), the party, or celebration, was over and the happy folks started to go home with loud talk and laughter, the cars racing along the narrow street, and horns telling all that no sleep is possible until later.

    Then at four, daybreak. Quite a night and with a 10 miler today.

    Well, we finally got some rest, but I woke up at 0400 due to the morning light and the chirping birds. Had to close the windows.

    Breakfast was delicious and very filling...similar to yesterday, a full English. We left about 0900 and enjoyed the coolness of the morning, albeit a bit muggy (but no rain). Climbed a hill leaving Campden, then it leveled out with outstanding views and we motored along seeing Broadway Tower ahead, then the long downhill to the village of Broadway where we had coffee and scones. It was similar to Campden and the yellowish sandstone buildings made for a very pretty main street. After leaving Broadway, we had to enter a field through a kissing gate (yes, you read it correctly and you are supposed to kiss the person you are walking with so we have fun with that). At the gate, there was a sheep blocking the gate and I was determined not to kiss that thing, but to move him along. Stubborn sheep, would not move so I climbed the fence, then Arlene did the same, versus dealing with a smelly sheep. Anyway, we finally entered the trail and ran into a gentleman who told us the story of the Lancaster bomber crash near the Broadway Tower during WWII. He said that the last remaining bomber that was flight ready was to make a fly-by as this was a day of celebration of the valor of those killed in the crash. We were hoping to see the fly-by, but perhaps it did not take off. Anyway, we continued uphill (long uphill too) until it started down again and we found the B & B for tonight, The Shenberrow Hill. In years past, it was the site of an Iron Age hill fort. Digs uncovered relics of the past...pieces of pottery, bronze bracelets, and bone needles (bet they came from walkers picking their teeth after feasting on wooly mammoth meat at a local pub).

    We arrived around 1530, assigned to a second floor room, and I lugged 200 pounds of luggage up the turning staircase. Nice to sit for a spell (tough day), and get cleaned up before dinner at the Mount Inn Pub. They have toothpicks made of bone :).

    The meal was outstanding. We started with a salmon cake that was out of this world, then fish and chips. We both had huge pieces of fish leaving no room for sticky toffee. Oh well, we will eat less tomorrow and save room for dessert.

    Lights out now...more tomorrow from the trail.
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  • Day10

    Painswick - June 8

    June 8 in the United Kingdom

    Our hostess is a "hoot". She's been to America many times with her husband and has stories to tell. Basically, she loves it and would like to move there, but then her grandchildren are here so it would be a challenge to visit with them.

    The B & B is loaded with signage she brought back from the States as the first picture indicates. John Wayne is on her wall (not in my pictures) with a typical John Wayne quote, but then it's all in fun.

    A cloudy day and ideal for walking around town.

    After breakfast, we walked down the street (Painswick is built on hills) towards Saint Mary's Church looking for the tourist info center (open Monday to Friday, but closed this Friday and no explanation) as it was located in the grave diggers cottage (perhaps closed due to grave digging). Anyway, the church was quite beautiful and its history goes back to the 1300's. During the English Civil War, cannons damaged the bell tower and one can see the damage today (just below and to the left of the clock). The cemetery also contained a war memorial, for both world wars.

    We visited the few shops that were open and ran into a gentleman in his 80's whose wife was born here and remembered when, in 1941, the Germans dropped eight bombs which destroyed most of the homes along Friday Street. Quite a memory as she was about six when the bombing occurred.

    We had coffee and scones at a cafe, checked out the menus of several restaurants, but decided to again make reservations at the bistro as the food was so good and our hostess recommended also. We did not care for the other menus that we saw.

    Walked by the Painswick Hotel (told that it is a five star hotel) and enjoyed the view before we walked to the Painswick Rococo Gardens (the only rococo gardens in England). If you do not know what a rococo garden is, we challenge you to Google it. We enjoyed the walk, the flowers and the structures. It dates to the 1740's.

    Once again, dinner was a delight. Chicken stuffed with brie and ham for Arlene while I enjoyed pork tenderloin and potatoes. We can get used to this!
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  • Day11

    Painswick to King's Stanley, June 9

    June 9 in the United Kingdom

    Excellent breakfast. We are coming around to the thought that we are being served too much food. Arlene ate about half of her omlette and I struggled with a very large pancake...and I was asked if I would like another. Very good, but enough is enough. She even gave us two bananas to carry to eat later. We both agree that the Troy House is outstanding and one of a kind. There are 43 places to stay in Painswick and she must have the best.

    We walked down the street leading out of town, following the trail signs when we saw, running towards us, the first of 1300 runners who were doing a double marathon...all the way to Broadway Tower. We passed it last Saturday and those folks have 52 miles to run along the Cotswold Way. We're glad that we're not running. We cheered them on, holding the gates open for them and they were so appreciative that people with our funny accents would do that. What a blast to watch them.

    We told them all that they were looking good (not really, but nice to hear as we've run many races and it's always nice to hear the cheers from the crowd) so one runner yells that he had never been told that he was looking good and I yelled that we occasionally tell little white lies. His day was ruined!

    After all 1300 runners passed, we had the trail mainly to ourselves for a couple of hours, enjoying the views until two runners came blasting past us running uphill. At the top, they paused to wait for others and we inquired if they were training for next years Broadway Tower run. They said that there was a relay race next Saturday along the Cotswold Way that covered the entire length (102 miles) and they were part of one of the 113 relay teams. Each team member runs 20k (12.4 miles). That will be a tough race!

    After enjoying the 360 views at the Haresfield Beacon (an old Roman fort), we crossed a field...there to see was an ice cream stand. ICE CREAM ON A HOT DAY! The owner of the stand (said he owns three) works six months of the year and relaxes the rest. Said he was once a paramedic, but did not like the hours so he initially tried a stand, it worked out, and he purchased two more. Nice that he can enjoy life and the outside during the summer months.

    We had a couple of horses pass us in a forest, followed the trail through a vineyard, across the train tracks, across an ancient canal, pass an old (1891) textile mill and stopped at the Kings Head Pub for some refreshment before arriving at our B & B. Time to clean up and get ready for dinner...the very best time of any day (perhaps breakfast is equally important).

    We had to take a taxi to the Old Fleece Inn as the distance was to great to walk. Pretty good food so the tank is again filled and we await breakfast in the AM.

    Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gloucestershire, GLS, Gleawcesterscīr, غلوسترشير, Графства Глостэршыр, Глостършър, Swydd Gaerloyw, گلاسترشر, גלוסטרשייר, ग्लॉस्टरशायर, グロスタシャー, 글로스터셔 주, Glocestriensis comitatus, Glosteršyras, Glosteršīra, گلوسسٹرشائر, Глостершир, กลอสเตอร์เชอร์, گلوسٹرشائر, גלאסטערשיר, 告羅士打郡, 格洛斯特郡

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