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Jun 28, 2016 - English Villages of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a region that is defined by its rolling hills (wolds) and quaint villages: Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Higher and Lower Slaughter and Stow-on-the-Wold. Each village has it's own sense of self, it's own quaintness, a place to escape to. We spent most of our time in Bourton-on-the-Water, wandering the streets, shops and the Green along the water.The war memorial on the Green listed 27 names of the boys from the village who died in WWI, only 12 names were listed for WWII. England lost nearly a whole generation of...

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Jun 27, 2016 - The Battle of the Cathedrals

Once upon a time, in the 11th Century, there was a Bishop of Somerset whose See was the City of Wells. Wells had a a very nice Saxon church, but over in the neighboring City of Bath was a more trendy Norman Cathedral. Never wanting to appear to be out of fashion, the Bishop moved his see to Bath. The good people of Wells decided to give the Bishop an option. It is always good to have options. They began to build their own Cathedral, but not just any Cathedral, but the first "English Gothic" Cathedral, a new architectural style. After...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Glastonbury Tor and Wells

Today despite the weather we headed to Glastonbury and then Wells. Glastonbury lies in the so-called Isle of Avalon which is supposedly rich with mystical associations linked to early Christians. Dominating the landscape above the town is 521ft Glastonbury Tor. We climbed the steep conical hill which pilgrims once embarked on with hard peas in their shoes. On the top of hill is St Michaels Tower the remains of a 14th century church. The climb was worth it as there were great views of the surrounding countryside. Our second stop was the...

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Feb 20, 2012 - Cheddar, Wookey Hole and Wells

We headed for Cheddar this morning intending to have leftovers from last night as breakfast. We drove through Cheddar Gorge, a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills near the village of Cheddar. Cheddar is the home of the cheese, and also where Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. He is Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton and although his remains are in the Natural History Museum in London, there is a very interesting museum with replica bones in the village. We walked through the village soaking up the...

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Sep 23, 2009 - Hollybrook Westbury - Sub-Mendip Somerset, Bath & Wells

Our trip across Wales was quite long and we got lost at least twice before calling our hosts, Ed and Caroline Claydon and getting directions to their home. We'll have to fill in the details of this wonderful part of our trip later since we are having such a great time. Sunday, September 20 - Thursday, September 24 On the way from Wales to Somerset, a long drive, we stopped to see Tintern Abbey in southern Wales, which was a magnificent Cistercian Abbey before Henry VIII closed it down. The ruins still are awesome. We finally arrived at our...

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Jul 11, 2008 - Weymouth and Wells

We went to Weymouth on a very rainy day. I was glad to see it, but surprised that the waves were more like Lake Michigan than an ocean. We went on to shopping in Dorchester which was much more enjoyable! The next day, we went to Wells where the Choir sang. Wells is my favorite place so far; it's just so quaint!

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Jul 10, 2008 - Our Wells Cathredral Concert

Today we took a bus about an hour north of Sherborne to Wells. This is the location of our 2nd concert where we will sing as a combined choir with the two high school choirs in Wells Cathedral. My first glimpse of Wells Cathedral took my breath away, that's been happening to me a lot lately. It was HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. We got to go into the back where I'm sure not too many people get to go. One of the people from another choir spotted an extremely old Bible sitting in a dusty window. It was probably 100 years old or more. The steps going...

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