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... homes and gardens. I have to say I thought of Thomas Kinkaid and his paintings as we walked through. We stopped in Stowe on the Wold a busy and quite modern town with an old market square complete with stocks. Allen had his hair cut and I browsed a bookshop and had a coffee. We browsed antique shops, looked for a straw hat for Allen but didn't find one and generally enjoyed the town.
Travelled from Edinburgh to Warwick. Visited Warwick Castle and Ann Hathaways birthplace. Ann Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare. She was 10 years older than him. Stayed at the Hilton hotel and had our farewell dinner. I ended up with laringytis and ...
... prosperous wool merchant and was responsible for most of the building in and around the town. His estate was burned down to prevent Cromwell from taking it and it's said once it was burned, Cromwell lost interest in the town and the town was saved. Hicks home was never rebuilt and the ruins still stand as a monument to him. He has a special chapel in his honor in the local church.
After lunch we try one of the local ...
... now converted to hotels). Chipping Camden is a well renowned Cotswalds village and it is indeed beautiful, if not a little too perfectly restored. Finally, just as the rain started, after an otherwise sunny Sunday drive, we arrived at our accommodation in Bidford Upon Avon, not far from Stratford (Shakespeare's birthplace). We are staying at Fosebroke House in the small cottage off the main house. It is very appealing with huge, old exposed beams ...
... A320 passed before I could close my eyes.
So we arrived at about 14:45 local time and spent $20 each on a Cambodian tourist visa - an impressive job creation scheme with no less than 6 staff involved of which 4 seem to just look at the work done by the first guy. Not too efficient but nevertheless it provides a much needed pay packet and it was a quick process.
We met ...
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