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Into the "Heart of England"

..the Cotswolds

all seasons in one day

We went to the Cotswold today, a range of hills in west-central England, with towns with weird names such as Bourne-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold (which we both visited). We met up with Richard, another one of Michelle's co-workers who lived near the area and showed us around and took us for 'clotted cream' (see below).

  • Bourne-on-the-Water - first place we went to, and probably the most popular, tourist-attraction one. It was characterized with several small footbridges crossing a little River Windrush that winded through the city center. The weather was unpredictable (again) with rain, sun, rain, sun..all day long.

  • Visited the Miniature Village which had a complete 1/9th replica of the town and within that replica, had another mini-replica..lol.

  • Had afternoon tea with cream tea. Cream tea is basically regular tea but served with scones and a butter called 'clotted cream'. Cream that was as thick as butter - minimum fat content of 55%!!!!. It was sooooooo good but i believe that if you had this every day or every other day, your arteries would get clogged up mighty fast.

  • Stow-on-the-Wold - took a short drive out to this next small town but it wasn't as picturesque as the last one. A bit more mainstream and busy with local traffic. If this were Markham, this would be Markham Main Street and Bourne-on-the-Water would be Unionville Main Street.

  • Tried hand-pulled real english ale, Arknell's, for the first time at a pub here. Very flat and served at room temperature. "Real ale is the name coined by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in 1973 for a type of beer defined as 'beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide'" - Wikipedia. Basically you can tell real ale from lager in that it doesn't go down with that carbon dioxide fizziness in your throat..less carbonated.


Posted by dnaman 13:53 Archived in England Tagged tourist_sites

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