Friday, 13 July 2012

Scenes From The Cotswolds

Our trip to the Cotswolds the other weekend with my parents was every bit as magical and quaint as I thought it would be. From the grazing sheep to the picturesque pastures, it really is a gorgeous place to spend a few days. There are dozens of villages in the Cotswolds and we went to five in two days. Each one is pretty small and with a car it was only about 15 minutes to drive from one to the other (or at least the ones we went to). Our first stop after spending a few hours in Bath (check out my post on this pretty city here) was Bourton-on-the-Water. Don't you love the name?! This actaully ended up being my favourite village on our's a tiny place with tea shops and knick-knack stores lining the shallow river. You can walk the town centre in less than 10 minutes, but you could easily spend hours over a cream tea, which is exactly what we did! I've really come to love cream teas (English tea and scones with clotted cream and jam), and my parents loved it too.

After Bourton-on-the-Water, we made our way to Gloucestershire where we spent the night in a small hotel overlooking fields and had a lovely dinner at the hotel's restaurant. The next day, we drove to Stow-on-the-Wold where we had a long breakfast to avoid the rain and walked around a bit. This little village seemed more built up than Bourton-on-the-Water, but it was still fun to take pictures and admire the old beautiful buildings. The Slaughters (two cute neighbouring villages) were next on out tour. We went to Lower Slaughter first which is an adorable, sleepy town with not much else besides an old mill, a few fancy hotels and a museum with a giftshop where you can catch a good look at the grazing goats and sheep. From Lower Slaughter you can walk to Upper Slaughter, although if it's been raining like it was when we were there, bring your wellies! I'm pretty sure I ruined my leather boots, but I did get some great photos and unforgettable family memories, so it was worth it. We walked through fields and made our way on the path to Lower Slaughter, where there's only a few hotels and a church (it's mostly residential).Our last stop was Chipping Camden, which was pretty, but less quaint then the others...although we did have a lovely Greek lunch at a small cafe on the high street. You'll find that in the Cotswolds it's just about enjoying nature and being peaceful - no big exciting attractions to see, just miles and miles of sprawling green hills. It was such a fun road trip with my family and I highly recommend it as a quick trip from London.

Now I'm off to spend more time with my parents, who are back in town for one last visit before they head back to the states. Tonight we're headed to dinner and jazz in Chelsea, followed by a trip to Hampton Court tomorrow and then a viewing of Les Miserables at night. I just wish my sister and Corey were here too...that would make the perfect weekend even better!

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