The travel from Rabat to our accmmodation at Bidford on Avon, just 10kms from Stratford upon Avon, took all of Tuesday. We left at 5.45am and arrived safely at Little Haven, the name of our small apartment at 8.15pm. Yes it was a long day. Nothing glamorous about the way we travel. Maybe First or Business Class and prestige style lounges could help but in the end you still have to "do the miles". Our accommodation is very comfortable and having everyone speak Englsh was an unexpected 'thrill'.
When we arrived there was still plenty of day light. The day before, Monday 20th, was the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere! The Northern Summer Solstice. We were surprised at how green and lush the country was. And it seems very little hay has been cut, too wet at this stage, so long green grass everywhere, right up to the road edges. After taking our bags into to our cottage we quickly shot off to the nearby Pub, on the iconic Avon River for beer, wine, wing dings, fish and chips and a beef and stout pie. Yes, the pain of the day's travel was quickly behind us, forgotten.
Over the next day or so we had a bit of a look at the local Cotswold area, first to Chipping Norton, a fabulous old village with are marvellous old wood and stone market building that has been operating since 1627, quite amazing.
Also close by was a town called Tewkesbury. Given we also have a Tewkesbury on the NW Coast a visit was a foregone conclusion. A great spot it was where we were able to buy great stuff from the local market: pork pies, stilton cheese, cherries, nectarines, apricots, etc all very much cheaper than our local prices athome. In fact we find prices for food, clothing and most other consumables either cheaper or about the same as in Australia. Roughly, $2AUD buys £1. After Brexit maybe slightly better.
Next blog, a car museum. Eh? OK viewing not compulsory.