Postcards From Abroad…The Wild Toad Ride…Windsor Castle & The Cotswolds

    ”Twenty Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

-Mark Twain


Continuing sharing about our anniversary trip… and just incase you missed last week’s adventure read more here or here

Today is a travel day. We have come to realize that on a travel day it is important to have everything ready to go the night before.

This morning we walked by the River Thames where I took a few photos…and then we stopped at Starbucks.☕️ got a bite to eat…and then made our way to Charring Cross Station…took the underground and then arrived at Paddington Station to board the Heathrow Express where we then took the shuttle bus to Enterprise.

It wasn’t until Joe was driving the rental that he realized the standard shift was a little different than ours back in the states…

not to mention the challenge of driving on the left hand side of tiny English roads. Joe had to use his left hand to shift which he wasn’t accustomed to and he stalled the car. several times After a while he figured out that he wasn’t in the gear he thought he was in. Looking back now it was quite funny… especially in the parking lot when Joe couldn’t get the car in reverse…I had been in the restroom and when I came out Joe had put the car in neutral and was pushing it as he yelled out for me to hop in! sure Joe!

He learned the hard way…(listening to me scream) watching me have seizures as he almost hit things alongside the road.😉

Somehow (miraculously) we made it to Windsor Castle.

It was worth the wild toad ride there to be able to experience all the beauty and charm of where so many royal weddings are held.💋

The day was just beautiful…a lovely street with flags hanging from one building to another.

We found a delightful place to enjoy lunch.

After an amazing day we headed to the Cotswolds…

entering the small town of Ilmington where we had reservations at The Howard Arms a quintessential English Country Inn. Read more

From the moment we arrived we experienced perfection…the food…room…service…

and the beauty of the area.

It was quiet…elegant…family friendly…a great pub within the restaurant…I loved everything! I couldn’t have asked for anything nicer.

Each morning they would serve a full English breakfast along with muffins…jams…juice…fruits…teas… etc.

The day after we arrived we decided to visit Bourton-on-the-Water known as the Venice of the Cotswolds.

Joe did a fabulous job driving there…by now he had become an expert with the roundabouts and the rental car.

The village was charming with delightful 300 year old cottages that have been named.

We walked along the town and stopped for a nosh in a small cafe…

Taking in the countryside… the people…

and all the cute unique shops.

Later we returned to Howard Arms to enjoy dinner.

After dinner we took an evening stroll…I found it hard not to peek into the homes. Early the next morning we luxuriated over our last breakfast at the Inn…and then were off to return our rental car before taking the shuttle to Heathrow Airport where we would make our way back to London and then check into the Avonmore Hotel.

stay tuned for more…

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6 Responses to Postcards From Abroad…The Wild Toad Ride…Windsor Castle & The Cotswolds

  1. Joe says:

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience!
    That was a wild ‘toad’ ride!
    The Cotewolds are very charming.

  2. Marge says:

    Delightful narrative!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Marge!
      Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I am enjoying writing about this wonderful holiday…and happy to see that you enjoyed reading it. ❌⭕️❌

  3. Donna Kelly says:

    I think I would LOVE The Howard Arms!!!!! Which room did you stay in, as I did check it out! I am LAUGHING over Joe yelling to ‘get in’ in the vehicle as it was moving!!!! Almost heart attack with all that….YES!!!!! I am so enjoying this trip!!!!

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Donna,
      There is no doubt in my mind that YOU would absolutely love it too. Oh and yes the would Tower ride was quite hilarious. I do hope one day you might take a ride there too. ❌⭕️❌

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