Friday, July 13, 2018

Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton

Our third stop was at Stow-on-the-Wold, which I think is the largest of the Cotswolds. Sadly, almost everything was closed up for the day (except for a couple of restaurants here and there), since we had arrived so late... so, we didn't stay long at all, just long enough to walk to the town center and back, and get a feel for the place.

Last on our list was Chipping Norton (we essentially drove in a circle from Woodstock, around a few of the Cotswolds villages, and then back)... we stopped there since a famous actor that Jon and the boys like (Jeremy Clarkson) lives there (or at least, owns a home there) and they wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. It's also, apparently, pretty popular since it's the "gateway" into the Cotswolds (from Oxford, we presume), so many people do visit it.

We actually liked this town quite a bit, and because it was now nearing past dinner time for us all, we stopped at a yummy little local place (the Whistlers) for a pizza and soup dinner!

I took a pic of the outside because Callum wants to make sure we remember this place, so that "when we come back to England, we can come here again". 😍


Our next stop was the "Venice of the Cotswolds", or Bourton-on-the-Water. It was a very romantic town with several bridges throughout the center of town.

But first! We stopped at the Dragonfly maze and puzzle which the kids loved solving... as well as a local artist's pottery shop... and then a cup of ice cream to walk with, and tide us over, until dinner time. ;-)


Today, we explored the infamous Cotswolds!! This is an area of the English countryside filled with many different picturesque villages from the medieval times, built in the local limestone you see from all the yellowish brown colored buildings! :)

Our first stop was Burford - a really great town built on a hill, so climbing to the top are some gorgeous views. I took a few pics of the view but they just don't look like the real deal. I guess you'll have to visit yourself to see it! ;-)

Logan took to a cheese shop, that he had to return to, to buy some more local cheese... just before lunch, which we had in a cute little pub called The Cotswold Arms.


We're staying in a really cute town called Woodstock. After Logan and Jon finally woke up, we ate a bite at a nice little coffee shop around the corner from our hotel and then walked around the streets of the town for a bit, before heading out to the Cotswolds today! :)

The first couple of pics were from the rest of Callum and my morning, in the restaurant downstairs. And the last pic is a shot of our hotel from the street!

A full English breakfast

Daddy and Logan are still snoozing. 😴 So Callum and I are checking out the Full English Breakfast option while we wait for them to wake! 

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Punchbowl

We finally made it to our little B&B, in a super cute town called Woodstock, where the Blenheim Palace is located. I love this first pic - the boys were pleasantly surprised with our room and couldn't get over how BIG the room was. And then they saw the bathroom: "Mom!! You have to come in here and check out how big this bathroom is!!" Suffice to say, we have a nice amount of room compared to our teeny tiny place in London where you could hardly turn around without bumping into each other. 🀣

The town of Windsor

The town of Windsor is so cute and picturesque! We walked around after our visit to the castle and found a yummy Greek place to enjoy our dinner.