Tuesday, April 16th – a beautiful morning in Chipping Campden. I was up early and shot a few photos around town (I never get tired of exploring and photographing these villages) before we climbed aboard the BSV (big silver van) on our way to Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace and resting place for William Shakespeare.
As usual, I’ve included a number of photographs taken ‘on the fly’ from the windows of our van, and as usual, some of them are not perfect, but it was either take the available shot or not have anything at all, so I hope you’ll bear with me on this. You’ll be seeing the English villages and countryside where we were traveling, and I hope you get some of the feel of it, and are maybe inspired to make it over there yourself. To re-use the little joke from a Rick Steves video, “If you get lost, no problem – many of the locals speak English!” 🙂
This last shot on the left was from our bedroom window at the Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden – wonderful old village! Nice place to retire, maybe.
It was only a short drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon, and upon arriving we took our time strolling around town, stopping for coffee and later for some fish n chips (never got tired of having that for lunch). As you’ll see in the photos, we then explored the Shakespeare House and museum, and afterwards went over to the church where he was buried alongside Anne Hathaway. That was another amazing church! Large or small, I was really taken with the churches, abbeys, and cathedrals of England. I could easily have taken 5000 photographs of those alone, but I know everyone does not share my interest there, so I tried to restrain myself. The few you find here in my blog posts will have to do, and I hope you enjoy them, such as they are.
After finishing our explorations of Stratford (Upon-Avon) we headed back into the countryside, then on into the picturesque village of Broadway. We split up into guy/girl groups, with Roger and myself marveling at the wonders to be seen at the pub while the ladies browsed the shops.
I really hope my descriptions don’t fall into the ‘ho-hum, another English village’ category – I never, never felt that way, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visits to towns large and small and came away with wonderful memories!
After we departed Broadway, it was back to Chipping Campden for one last night. We had some free time to ourselves before supper, so we chose various ways to entertain ourselves. I sort of lost track of Roger, I think maybe he was resting in his room, but I was out again, taking more photographs. Natalie and Lyn were enjoying massages at the Cotswold House Hotel, next to the Kings Hotel, where we were ensconced.
As evening drew near we all gathered at the Lygon Arms pub for some pints, some conversations with a few of the locals, and some great pub food! Love that tradition – maybe we need more pubs here! After a great evening we retired to our rooms to get things stuffed back into our bags to prepare for another day of travel on the morrow.
Day 6 would bring travels to Lacock (Harry Potter!), a side trip to the beautiful village of Castle Combe (pronounced ‘coom’), then to Bradford-on-Avon (see, no ‘Upon’ this time – they’re kinda economical with their use of ‘Upon’, it’s usually just ‘On’. Oh well, another English ‘naming mystery’). The jaunt would end at the great city of Bath – the Romans loved it and I think you will, also!
Get ready to hop on the van – don’t get left behind!! 🙂
Oh, by the way – for those of you who might be interested, here is the link to the touring company we used for our wonderful tour of southern England and the Cotswolds http://www.backroadstouring.co.uk/