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Autumn 2016 Travels in Europe: The Cotswolds

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – From Oxford to Bourton-on-the-Water in The Cotswolds

We drove into the beautiful Cotswolds today. It was obvious we had entered this dreamy place. The hills and vales were sweeping; the rock walls were formal; the roofs were of slate; and the stone on buildings was honey gold, for which the area is known. It is the England of one’s imagination.

We are staying for several days in Bourton-on-the-Water in a wonderful rental cottage. The entry is through an ivy-covered arbor. The home is magnificent! Tonight, the fire is roaring in the fire place in our cozy sitting area. We are in the center of the beautiful village right by a stone walk bridge over the river. Idyllic! We explored the village and also drove to nearby Upper and Lower Slaughter. Wonderful, wonderful! Our evening meal was at a local restaurant. The food was delicious and the setting comfortable and stately. We sat near an English couple with whom we had an interesting conversation. The gentleman was a rugby player, and so Allen and I learned the rules of rugby. Now, we can watch and understand the game in the future. Visiting with locals has been a delight on this trip. WEG