More hiking & tourist villages
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We started the next morning with another delicious breakfast at the B&B. Following that we went to the post office so I could mail some postcards, and then we set off again in the car. On this day we were going to the see villages that are more commonly associated with the Cotswolds. We learned that you can start at the village of Upper Slaughter (aren't the names great?!) and hike through more villages to Burton-on-the-Water. (You'll have to forgive my fascination with these names. I'm used to Midwest American town names, which all seem to either be based on the founder of the city or else an old Native American word.) When we arrived in Upper Slaughter we found an old church that was open and decided to check it out.
After leaving the church we found the Warden's Way path and began our trek. The first part of the path took us right through two sheep pastures.
Once we had eaten and cooled off we started to wander the city.
After touring the city we started the walk back to the car in Upper Slaughter. In Lower Slaughter Jenny went into another church, while I sat on a bench along the water to soak up the atmosphere (and to rest my feet!). From Upper Slaughter we drove on to Stow-on-the-Wold (another fantastic name).
Next we tried to drive to Snowshill to frolic in lavender fields, as our guidebook suggested, but found that lavender was not in season and the site was closed. So we drove on to Broadway and walked up and down the streets.
By this time we were pretty tired, so we came back to the B&B. We rested for a while then walked to the pub for dinner. We met a couple from Maryland at the pub who were vacationing in another local B&B. For a while we had a nice chat, but then it moved on to politics and we discovered we were on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I really didn't want to be one of those Americans who argues loudly in public, so after trying and failing to change the topic of conversation we eventually left. We returned to our room to decide what we would do in London, which we were heading to the next day.