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A Day in the Cotswolds | Adventures in England

Ever since my parents heard the news that Joey and I would be together in England for a few months- they started to looking for deals for us for exploring London and the greater England area. My mom in particular LOVES a good deal- and is darn good at finding them (which is a whole blog post in itself- that I am sure to share one day!)

Ever since I can remember- Mom and Dad have had a date day. THURSDAY. And every single Thursday they spend the day together doing something they enjoy (among other days of course, but Thursday is special). I’ve always loved that about my parents, and love it even more now that I’m married! Our parents of course want the same for us- to have days together that are specifically set aside for dates:)

SO- before I left to join Joey in London, my parents gifted us with a groupon deal (LOVE that website) for exploring the English Cotswolds! They knew that we would love LONDON, but that there would come a time where we would crave the countryside- so they purchased this bus tour that would take us through some gorgeous English villages!

For those of you that don’t know (and no shame if you don’t because apparently some Londoners don’t even know)- The Cotswolds are a large range of hills in southwestern and west-central England- and in these green hills lies a scattering of quaint and beautiful golden brick villages and towns- each with character and charm.

One huge blessing on this trip was that we were able to have Joey’s mom, Christine, join us! It was so wonderful to be able to share this with her- Christine’s family, The Settles come from Northern England, so it was wonderful being able to travel with her through the villages of the Cotswolds. We all hope to ONE day be able to head up North to where the town of Settle lies!

Enjoy some of our memories through the Cotswolds! And thank you, Mom and Dad for gifting us with this wonderful day!

Arriving in the town of Burford

Arriving in the town of Burford


And of course...some Cotswolds doors

And of course…some Cotswolds doors


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St. John the Baptist Church- built in 1175- an incredibly beautiful church

St. John the Baptist Church- built in 1175- an incredibly beautiful church


An old cemetery on the grounds of St. John the Baptist

An old cemetery on the grounds of St. John the Baptist


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favorite door YET!

favorite door YET!


Hobbit size doors :)

Hobbit size doors :)


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Stopping in the next Cotswolds town of Bibury

Stopping in the next Cotswolds town of Bibury


We didn't do a whole lot of exploring in this town- but we did have a wonderful lunch at the Swan Inn!

We didn’t do a whole lot of exploring in this town- but we did have a wonderful lunch at the Swan Inn!


The next town: Burton!

The next town: Burton!


It started to rain on this stop: SO thankful we had Joey's mom to join us on this day!

It started to rain on this stop: SO thankful we had Joey’s mom to join us on this day!


A Cotswolds portrait :)

A Cotswolds portrait :)


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Clicking my heels for a wonderful day of exploring

Clicking my heels for a wonderful day of exploring


Last stop: Stratford upon Avon

Last stop: Stratford upon Avon


Shakespeares house!

Shakespeares house!


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One of the oldest pubs in Stratford

One of the oldest pubs in Stratford

Happy Monday, friends!

March 10, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Cathie Burke - Hi Sarah, I loved your pictures of the Cotswolds! I made a stop over in England many years ago (before Mary) and stayed with Dot and Layne Livingston. They were living in the Cotswolds at that time. They took me to lovely little towns and I particulary remember Stratford upon Avon. I think I may have even gone into that same Sweets Shop! I bought my grandmother some “clotted cream caramels” there or at a very similar shop! Thanks for reminding me of that nice time! So glad you and Joe have this time together, and his mom, too! Love, Cathie and Mary

March 10, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Abby Grace - You KNOW I love this post! The British countryside is my absolute favorite!! That confectionery shop looks incredible, and I love the teapots hanging outside. Have you bought yourself a brown Betty yet?

March 10, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Alison Harper - Oh so lovely! My heart lives in london. I adore those doors! Thank you for sharing, I feel like I was there with you!

March 10, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Sue Adams - I loved your pictures of the special little details, I did notice that the teapots were on sale, maybe you can get a nice one while you are there:)

March 10, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Dorlene - I love all the gardens, the hanging baskets of flowers, and especially those colorful doors. Looks like Joe would have to duck to get through the door. They seem short. Thanks for sharing your beautiful bus tour.

March 10, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Linda Edwards - What beautiful pictures! So glad you are making these wonderful memories! Rick and I toured Great Britain about 14 years ago – we did go to Stratford upon Avon – so beautiful! Would love to go back some day.

March 11, 2014 - 12:13 am

Sheila McDonald Woofter - Wonderful pictures!! This is a time you will look back on forever!! Enjoy!

March 11, 2014 - 12:47 am

Virginia Coffman - Sarah, what beautiful scenes and memories you are providing for you and Joey down the road. You two will cherish this time forever.

March 11, 2014 - 3:00 am

Annette Keith - Sarah, beautiful pictures, wonderful memories

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