|Hayley's Abbey, a little stone abbey in the Cotswolds|
|our great room|
|Snowshill, a pretty little village in the Cotswolds|
|thatched roof of an English cottage|
|beautiful lavender farm near Snowshill|
At the end of the day, we were at Bourton-on-the-Water where we stayed the longest. The village is known for its beautiful High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. Several low, arched stone bridges cross the river and have led to the town’s nickname, "Venice of the Cotswolds". We took to the lovely shops and had tasty pasties at a local bake shop.
|sheep grazing in the fields|
Although the vast majority of the population speaks English, the country has retained a distinct cultural identity and is officially bilingual. Trisha found the Tintern Abbey as the most beautiful place she has ever visited. Caerphill Castle was good for photo-ops but otherwise, though known as the second largest castle in England, is not as beautiful as Windsor Castle, for example. Monmouth, a traditional county town in Wales, is situated where the River Monnow meets the River Wye, 36 miles. Both Henry V and Charles Rolls of the Rolls-Royce empire were born there and are honored at the small town plaza.
This part of our tour exemplified the small towns of England and its countryside. It was such a refreshing trip for my two girls! Next we go to England’s urban side, Windsor and London, and a rendezvous with my other granddaughter Krishna and my BFFs Ann and Jingjing!