Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Our Very English Weekend!

I have long said that there are few things better than travel - I love to travel, we love to travel and together the joy of discovering somewhere new is even better. The weekend we added an extra element- travelling with best friends!

It's hard to decide what the best part of this weekend was:
1) Having the 48 hours to relax with my beautiful lady
2) Spending the whole time talking and catching up with the amazing Lauren & Sarah (and all the wedding goss)
3) Discovering a whole new part of the country
4) Eating delicious fresh food!

After arriving in Birmingham on Friday evening we started the weekend catching up where we left off - the wedding! We loved watching all the photos and reliving the amazing day - it was almost 2am by the time we went to bed.

We woke up at 11am on Saturday and enjoyed a veggie breakfast before driving to Cheltenham to start what is called 'The Romantic Drive' across the Cotswolds. It is miles of beautiful countryside circumnavigated by a road that goes between each of the villages - some with only a few houses and some with town squares but all with a history dating back to the English Civil Wars.

The Romantic Drive is divided into 'the drive for today' and 'the drive for tomorrow'. We did the drive for today that was 70 miles and took in the highest point of the Cotswolds, the beautiful 15th century Sudeley castle is the burial place of Katherine Parr - the last wife of Henry the VIII and the lovely village of Broadway that was visited by both Charles the I and Oliver Cromwell (opponents from the Civil War).

After starting the drive we came across Winchcombe and signs to Sudeley castle, before we knew it we were driving down a narrow road and approaching the castle grounds. After parking we were wandered into a tent where we were told about the history of the castle and what to expect if we entered. As it was such a nice day we decided that strolling around the grounds, rather than the inside of the castle, was the better choice and it really was. The grounds were beautiful and every corner held a new view - either across the Cotswolds or of the castle.


It was so nice just walking and talking and stopping to take ridiculous photos like these:


At Broadway we stopped off for lunch in a local pub for what turned out to be delicious food that was SO filling! Although we managed to save room for a sugar mouse - Laura's first!


We also stopped off at the lavender fields at Snowhill. It was too late to enter the lavender farm and enjoy the official tour of the area but we managed to sneak into the fields - avoid the bees who were loving the lavender- and get a few pictures!


The drive continued around to some places with great names:
Chipping Campden: where all the houses are honey coloured,
Moreton-in-marsh: part of the old route between London and Worcester,
Stow-on-the-Wold: The highest point of the Cotswold and the place where the Civil War started,
Upper and Lower Slaughter: Picturesque villages that have the River Eye running through them crossed by stone brides - how very romantic.

By the time we arrived back in Cheltenham it was time to refuel and where better than Whole Foods! Our hunger meant we were probably not the best customers, our eyes were bigger than our belly and after initially filling up our trolley our better judgement took over and what we purchased was about half of what we put in!

On Sunday our English weekend continued with a trip to a Pick-Your-Own (PYO) to collect strawberries and raspberries. It was the first time I had ever eaten a raspberry that wasn't made into jam or covered in cream- and picked off the bush it was DELICIOUS!

After collecting a punnet worth of fruit - for £4 (bargain!!!) we sat in the sun to enjoy an ice cream before returning for Lauren's yummy roast dinner and a stroll with Willow.


It's amazing how a drive up the motorway can transport you as if you are on holiday. We returned feeling relaxed and refreshed and can't wait to go back!!!


5 comments:

  1. Awe, you two sound like you had a lovely time... the castle grounds look amazing... WOW for the lavender fields... just gorgeous.

    I love picking and eating strawberries, they are the best picked warm of the bush... I adore raspberries but I have never had the opportunity to pick them.



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  2. What beautiful pictures! It looks like an amazing place to visit. :)

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  3. Ha! Ha! Funny how times have changed! Laura, you hated going to those places when you were a child and we visited England - not another castle, not another garden, not another village! :D Glad you can now appreciate all those places! Looks like you had a lovely weekend! xxx

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  4. Laura, what is that absolutely gorgeous black-and-white striped dress you are wearing? Thx for the info! Greetings, Vesna

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  5. Aww, only just saw this, such a great round up of our weekend! And thankyou Laura - in wanting to show you very English traditions, we get to revisit ones we had almost forgotten about! Lauren & Sarah xx

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