August 31, 2016

Straight out of a fairy-tale ...                                                                                    

The August Bank Holiday provided the prefect excuse for an English Summer Road Trip. Friday morning I jumped on the Great Western Railway service to Bristol to visit Charlotte, an old friend from a volunteer elective in the Philippines 3 years back. The short train service had me in the south western city of Bristol in under 2 hours. Charlotte was eagerly awaiting my arrival and with the sun shining (very rare I might add) we headed east to the region known as the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a collection of multiple counties, namely Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, known famously for its distinctive yellow limestone houses. Driving along the scenic English countryside with the sun beaming was amazing. We may also be guilty of belting out a few jams along the way, even a little 90s. Just saying ... I absolutely smashed the Fresh Price Rap! We found our way to the quaint village of Bibury, a typical Cotswold town. The town was very charming with beautiful houses and a lovely church.

We wondered through the town and before leaving, treated ourselves to a traditional English (or so I was told) treat. A '99' from the good ol' ice-cream van. For those that don't know, including myself until very recently, a '99 is simply a soft serve ice-cream with a single flake chocolate. The reason for the name ... Would it be that it costs 99p? Nope, well apparently that would not make any sense, there is no reasonable explanation for the name of the delicious treat. But when it tastes so divine, even for something so simple, I'm not going to question it anymore. So if you want to feel less like a tourist in England, head on down to any ice-cream van and order a '99', they will know exactly what you're after without question. 

So after treating ourselves we continued driving through the Cotswolds and headed for some lunch. After lunch we headed to Cirencester for a spot of afternoon tea. A Victoria Sponge and a Chai Latte later at Jacks Cafe we were ready to head back to Bristol after a wonderful day exploring the Cotswolds.

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