My UK-based friends Katha & Dave are still jaunting their way around southern England on holiday, and in today’s guest post Katha chats to us from the Cotswolds.
I remember Cotswold villages as being ridiculously pretty and scenic, so it was a joy to revisit them here – and (a given with Katha!) to learn some new stuff as well 😛
“Leg 4 of our travels has brought us to the Cotswolds, known for its picturesque surroundings, historical towns, stone built villages with honey coloured chocolate box houses.
My first run this morning was in Cirencester, a historical market town, the largest in the Cotswolds. Some of the listed building here date back to the 18th century. They look wonky, but have stood the test of time. Literally. And without TV aerials and overhanging cables and all those signs of modernity (except perhaps a car or two struggling to find their way through the alley), these buildings have managed to preserve their old world charm.
Next, we jumped into the car and drove to explore Bibury.
A small village that looked straight out of a picture postcard.
(Editor’s note: I am SURE these cottages have featured in TV series…Inspector Morse, perhaps? Definitely looks very familiar)
In fact, Arlington Row (buildings dating back to the 14th century, when it was used as a wool store) in this small village not only draws hundreds of tourists, but is thought to be the most photographed rows of cottages in the country.
It apparently appears in the inside cover of some British passports too!
So beautiful was this village (William Morris called it the most beautiful village in England) and the said row of houses, that I broke into a run to justify a photo for the blog.“
And that last sentence, dear reader, is why I love Katha!!
Here are some more photos of Arlington Row – it really is so scenic.
So what was the new fact I learned today from Katha? That Arlington Row might well be featured in my passport. As soon as I’ve published this, I shall unearth my passport and have a dekko.
As ever, Katha, thanks a ton.