Blogs from Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

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We have checked out of the United States of America and can now look back on 53 days of special times with the most fantastic of memories. We have seen wonderful sights and met some delightful people. It has been all we had hoped for and more. Our last city visit was to Boston and our three days in ‘the Cradle of America” was just what we wished for. We last visited the city in 2001 when we met up with a good friend of ours (Kevin M) who was commuting to and from New York. We had done the ‘Duck Tours’ and Freedom Trail so this time we wanted to do a few different things. Last October I booked Boston Red Sox tickets for a home game versus the Orioles so that is where we ... read more
NLS at Fenway
Fenway Park
Fenway Park


I was woken up by the bright sunlight coming through the curtains early in the morning. This made me change the plan. We decided to go to Bourton-on-the-Water on Monday, 20th June. At my mother’s request, we popped in the post office in the Coop shop near the station. She bought 10 postcard stamps for Japan. We then walked on the Honeybourne Line’s footpath. There were quite a few walkers with dogs in the morning. I told my parents that the British are very fond of dogs and two in three families keep at least one dog. My mother also wanted to get the traveller cheques exchanged. Unfortunately, the Royal Scotland of Bank didn’t do that service. In the meantime, Mark said we needed to catch the 10:30 bus for Bourton-on-the-Water. The No.805 bus drove through ... read more
Flowers
My mother sketching
Flamingo


No.855 bus brings you to Bourton-on-the-Water from Moreton-in-Marsh, Cheltenham, etc where the railway line stops. Bourton-on-the-Water features beautiful contrast between Windrush River and grey coloured houses and bridges. Model Village is one-ninth miniature of Bourton-on-the-Water with details of grey coloured houses and bridges and Windrush River. The details also include people crossing over the bridges, Catholic Church with minister and people in the congregation room and organist, shops, and passers by. Although the miniature village does look exactly as the present one, the miniature village shows the mill house, which has been converted to Motor Museum. Visitors can see the miniature manor house, treasure ship, and ghost chemist, all of which were made by enthusiast miniature craft people. On the east edge of Bourton-on-the-water, the Birdland, which has been created by u... read more


Flying ‘home’ with zee German family in tow, we pick up our hire car at Stansted, hot foot it into London to pick up the English contingent, and a couple of hours later we’re sitting in front of a fire-place in a 400 year-old cottage in the Cotswolds. Whether we’re ‘on the road’, or ‘back home’, our activities down the years have led family and friends to associate us with a certain way of life; tourism and leisure - our raison d’être - rather than work and structure; and when we’re around, it seems, we induce certain behavior and expectations in others. Regardless of nationality, none of us had been to the Cotswolds before, nor had we previously known much about the place. Upon completion of our time we were universally impressed, further supporting a dream ... read more
Badlands
Yellowstone
Some of the original inhabitants


Well, this is Bourton-On-The-Water in the Cotswolds, the most gorgeous part of England we have visited, in fact when we first arrived and walked down to the water with it's cottages and little shops running along it, we felt quite emotional because it was just what we hoped for and more. We absolutely love it here and our cottage, with it's 16th century well in the front yard is an absolute gem. It is built of Cotswold stone of course and has the bathroom, little kitchen and cosy living room, with it's fireplace dominating the room downstairs, and two bedrooms upstairs. The floors downstairs are flagstone and are nice and sturdy, but the floors upstairs move and creak when you walk on them and you can literally roll jaffas from one side of the room to ... read more
River walk
Big fella, little village
Pretty walks

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Another lovely day so we decide to go for a little drive to a little village called Burton-on-the-Water. not much to do there except to sit by the water and watch the world go by... It's a nice place to bring the kids and pets: both were playing in the water....... read more
Burton-on-the-Water
Burton-on-the-Water
Burton-on-the-Water


Hey everybody! Well, SUnday - July 25, I got up really early and headed by tube to London Victoria coach station. I didn't know that the Victoria line doesn't run Sundays so it was a bit of a time scare but I managed to get there right where I needed to be exactly when the tour was scheduled to depart! Close calls these days! Anyhow, we started a driving journey of about 2 hours to Blenheim Palace where SIr Winston Churchill was born. The 11th Duke of Marlborough now lives there in a section of the Palace. I got a tour around the bottom part of the palace that had a history museum and showed some of the classical state rooms, outfits, etc. I couldn't take any pictures in there but it was neat. I discovered ... read more
Blenheim Palace, Chloe
Bourton on the Water view
Bourton on the Water


7/02/09 - Today it was not snowing so we ventured out to Cirencester, which is a fairly big town in the Cotswolds. After a walk around we had a warming hot chocolate and then drove to Stowe-on-the-Wold where we had lunch in a cosy little pub. We had been to Stowe-on-the-Wold previously, but never before in the snow, which gave it quite a different appearance. 8/02/09 - Although there was some snow around today we decided to explore some more nearby villages. We drove to Broadway and had our usual hot chocolate in a lovely cafe, then to Stanton, a lesser-known Cotswolds town and Snowshill, where we had lunch in a pub full of locals and their dogs. After lunch we drove to The Slaughters (Upper and Lower), but by this time it was starting to ... read more
I call this, "The owl and me."
Cirencester Cathedral
A street in Cirencester


5/02/09 - It had snowed overnight and was still snowing off and on today, so we decided to just walk around the town, which was charming, but cold. The schools were closed and we saw some children throwing snowballs and sliding on toboggans. We went to the Duke of Wellington Pub for lunch, which was very warm and cosy and Ross had a pie and I had a ploughman's lunch. I tried the internet again, but it was still closed. 6/02/09 - It snowed very heavily this morning and the owner came and cleared our doorway for us, which was very nice. We went out briefly and bought some more supplies and then went home to lunch with tomato soup, baguettes and hot chocolate. We were very cosy in our little apartment. ... read more
Snow on our balcony
Our car!
Tobogganing in the streets


4/02/09-We arrived at Heathrow Airport at about 8.30 am after a 12 hour flight. After a short bus ride we picked up our car, which was covered in ice, and headed off for the Cotswolds. Thanks to our GPS we drove into Boughton-on the-water two hours later. The scenery on the way and when we got there was just beautiful as everything was covered in snow. The river "Windrush" runs through this picturesque Cotswold village. The first thing we did was to go to a tourist information centre in the village. There we were told that it was the first time in 25 years that it had snowed in the Cotswolds. We were also given some information on a great place to stay which we looked over whilst having hot chocolates and cake in a lovely ... read more
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