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Apr 12, 2007 - Walking to Chipping Campden

Today's big adventure was a walk to Chipping Campden. Not wanting to over-work mom, I decided that we would take the bus to Broad Campden (two miles away) and then walk the last mile to Chipping Campden. Well, it took us two hours to get to Broad Campden! The reason is that there are two bus stops in Blockley (which is something considering that there are a total of 800 people in the village, about 10 of which take the bus), and I had us waiting at the wrong bus stop! As soon as I heard the church clock chime for 11am, I knew that something...

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Apr 9, 2007 - Beautiful Blockley

Our original plan for the day was to see a little bit more of Picadilly and then take a late morning train. However, London is closed today for the Bank Holiday, even more so than yesterday. In fact, there isn't even a coffee shop open for breakfast other than Starbuck's (my worst nightmare), so I had to suffer with their bad coffee and we decided to take an earlier train to the Cotswolds. Plans are made to be changed, right? Taxied to Paddington Station and bought our return tickets (£29 each) for Moreton-in Marsh. What a beautiful day...

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Mar 28, 2007 - Return to Blockley

Another foggy morning, and back to the Archives for one final visit. I starting looking at some of the other surrounding parishes of Doncaster and believe that I have found the Kendall line in Tickhill, about eight miles south of Doncaster. It will take me a certain amount of time to type up and organize the data that I have collected. Only being allowed to work with pencil and paper in the Doncaster Archives, you tend to scribble down everything you can find, hoping that, after the fact, it will all fall into place. There may be a call for...

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Mar 19, 2007 - Trudging to Moreton-in-Marsh

Second full day, second walk. While I was getting ready to leave, I saw the resident of the back cottage (Waterside -- see building in first picture) leaving. I ended up meeting with him outside the village shop while he was waiting at the bus stop to take him back to Moreton-in-Marsh. From there, the train south terminates at Paddington Station in London. Patricia is renting the cottage to this man, Gilbert Adair, for a year while he writes his next novel. He is your stereotypical English author -- gay, flamboyant, apt to wearing ascots,...

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Mar 18, 2007 - Mothers Day in England

Had a bit of wintery weather today. Lots of sunshine, but every once in a while the wind would come up, blow a cloud over, and it would snow for about 10 minutes. Then the cloud would move on, the sun would be back out, and so on. Happened about 10 times today. In between snowfalls (which never did amount to anything until late in the evening when a bit settled on the tops of cars and garbage bins), I took the first of many (I trust) long walks -- this time just in and around the village of Blockley. Blockley has been around for a long time...

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Mar 17, 2007 - Arrived!

I made it! The trip, once started (2-hour delay at the airpot) was very uneventful save the two broken fingernails. Immigration and baggage pickup at Heathrow took a grueling 20 minutes (unheard of, for those of you who have never experienced that airport)! Got a SIM card for my phone, so I am officially a UK phone/text addict now (although there is no service right in Blockley so I'll be able to control my habit as long as I'm hiding out here). I took the bus from Heathrow to Reading (pronounced Redding), then hopped the train to...

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Oct 2, 2006 - Stratford upon Avon

Early morning and on a bus for a few hours to Stratford (birthplace and gravesite of Shakespeare) Slept almost the whole way. Found the tourist office once we got there to buy our tickets to the 3 houses in town (Shakespeare's birthplace, Nash's house and Hall's Croft) Went to Shakespeare's birthplace first which was really cool. There is an exibition before the house that walks you through his life and what his parents did. His house is really quite old and it was interesting to see how he may have lived so many years ago. They figured...

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Sep 26, 2006 - Stratford-Upon-Avon

Everyone we met in England assured us that our trip to England would be incomplete without a day trip to the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Stratford-Upon-Avon is one of the most twee towns in England. In fact, I don't think they come any "tweer". The place oozes with historical charm and fairytale sparkle. We also just happen to visit the town at the right time as a historical festival was going on. Actually, it was going on all over England. Many cathedrals, schools, pubs and other historical buildings were open to the public. Some of...

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Aug 7, 2006 - Leaving the big smoke

Packed up and ready to go early this morning as we are picking up our hire car for the next part of our adventure!! This morning we have cooler temperatures and overcast rainy skies. We catch the tube to Marble Arch (only 1 stop) and then find the Hertz office. It takes absolutely ages to get served as they are so slow...... Anyway, we finally get our car - a little black Ford Focus that's only done 5000 miles - it looks great & goes really well too. We head out of the hire care garage to go back to our B&B and miss our turn-off so have to...

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Jul 29, 2006 - Chipping Campden, the Cotswolds

We have been staying in Chipping Campden, one of the larger towns in the Cotwolds. It's a nice little town, full of yellow sandstone row houses and thatched roof cottages, surrounded by fields of rapeseed, barley and lots of sheep. The British seem to be almost as friendly as the Irish, and so far, everywhere we have gone, we have been greated very warmly. Our B&B is a great little place right on the main street of town. It's nice to be staying someplace more than one or two nights, allowing us to feel more settled and not constantly...

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Europe 2006

Jul 2, 2006 - English Countryside

Day 1, Camberley/Reading: On Monday morning (June 26th) we picked up a rental car in London. Our goal was to explore a bit of the English countryside, particularly the Cotswold region. Steph appointed me the official driver during this part of the trip, which I considered to be a manageable undertaking. What I had not factored into the equation was that most rental cars in London come with manual transmission. Not only did I need to adjust to sitting on the other side of the car and driving on the opposite side of the road, but I also had...

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Jun 6, 2006 - Maiden Bike Trips

We made several bike trips (editorial explanation: Jack rides a Harley Davidson 2006 Street Bob and Nancy rides a Piaggio 2006 Maxi Scooter) through the nearby beautiful Costwolds, a favorite location from previous trips to England. We explored Stratford-Upon-Avon and precious villages that even the names make you smile...Chipping Campden, Ross-On-Wye, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-Over-the-Water and Snowshell, to name a few! A few favorites were the exquisite gardens of Hidcote Manor, planted according to a themed series of "outdoor rooms" and...

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