Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Home through the Cotswolds – 8 August 2011

Monday morning gave us time to browse the shops and visit Ludlow Cathedral, known as the Cathedral of the Marches. (after the area – not walking) It is a beautiful example of the Perpendicular architectural style with wonderful stained glass windows, elaborate tombs, but best of all are the wonderfully carved misericordes. As well as pious scenes, there are carved scenes of everyday life.

We travelled south to re-visit Hampton Court gardens, which we first visited in the autumn last year. The water features looked great in the autumn, but summer sees gardens at their best, and we enjoyed seeing the yellow and mauve wide border gardens and the vegetable gardens, arranged artistically, to even make vegetable look appealing.

From here we plotted a route along the B roads and byways straight through the Cotswolds to London: enjoying a drive through many appealing villages; with a lunch stop at the classic favourite of Broadway.

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