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Travel: Day 3 – Cotswolds

When I was in my late teens I happened to be walking past a street artist at an art festival who had on display photographs or lithographs of the Cotswolds. I stopped and talked to this man for about an hour, mostly discussions about his style of capturing art, and a little about the time he lived in the region. He was an American, and I ended up buying four framed pictures at fifteen US dollars a piece of the most beautiful cottages and street scenes I have ever seen since my days of marveling over perfectly bound European children’s fairytale books.

Since then I told myself I would someday go to  ‘Cotswolds’, thinking it was a town. Until this year when I got serious about traveling through the English countryside did I learn that the Cotswolds is not a specific town but rather a number of counties in south central England, in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. That the beauty of the area is its rolling hills, medieval villages, churches and homes built of region specific yellow limestone.  That I had to really pick and choose which ones to see if I were doing only a day’s trip by car from Stratford-Upon-Avon where we decided to stay a few days.

Really it is difficult to say which town is my favorite, because as we drove from one to the next, I jumped out of the car and instantly began taking pictures which reminded me of the four paintings I purchased from a street artist in San Francisco twenty years ago. I just wish I hadn’t sold those paintings in my thirties, in a downsizing effort :(.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite and just in case you are wondering, we drove through Stowe on the Wolds, Moreton in Marsh, Burford, Batsford, Bourton-on-the-water, and Bourton-on-the-hill. Each town is ten to twenty minutes from one another.

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  1. Beautiful – we are lucky enough to live on the edge of the Cotswolds & it’s nice to see the area through fresh eyes. Where are you off next? Dan

    • Glad you enjoyed the read. I am off to places in the states for the next few months. I was all over Europe earlier this year, but the second half of 2017 will be mostly spent in the US.

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