Monday, September 14 - Wednesday, September 16
The first place we visited just after leaving Oxford was Blenheim Palace, built by the Duke of Marlborough in the 1700's when Queen Anne rewarded him for winning a major battle in Europe against the Germans. It a a HUGE Palace and we enjoyed it immensely.
We then continued on to the Cotswolds by a circuitous route through a tiny town called Minster Lovell, and then on to Chipping Campden where we were greeted warmly at our B&B, the Bramley House. The restaurant we chose, Lygon Arms Hotel, in town, was a ten-minute walk. The tiny restaurant was fill, so we ate the same menu in the adjoining pub and met an Australian couple whom we ended up sitting with and had a grand time. The food was delicious!
On Tuesday, we explored more of the town of Chipping Campden by foot and then went on to drive through many more small towns until we came to Upper Slaughter where we took a short hike to Lower Slaughter and back to the car. Great dinner at the King's Hotel.
Wednesday started out with visiting a great garden called Mill Dene in the village of Blockley, and then on to find Broadway Tower, a tiny little castle - the fancy of an earl. By then we were hungry, so we stopped for a nice lunch and scones in Chipping Campden and a little more exploring of the town. Dinner tonight at a restaurant called "Eight Bells" in Chipping Campden. (Notice the trend - walking to dinner each night instead of trying to drive in the dark!)