Spring Trip to The Cotswolds

Castle CombeBlenheim Palace

3月後半、4泊5日でコッツウォルズ旅行をした。13〜15世紀の中世期に羊毛産業で栄えたコッツウォルズは、ゆるやかな丘陵地帯が広がり、蜂蜜色の石造りの家々が並ぶ可愛い街が散在する、日本人がイメージする典型的なイギリスの田舎だ。ロンドンから車で約2時間。今回は、Bath(バース)やGloucester(グロスター)、Cheltenham(チェルトナム)など大きな街は避けて、小さな街を中心に車でまわった。平日だったので、観光客の団体に囲まれる事なく、どこもゆったりと散策できた。お薦めの街は、英国一美しい街と言われるCastle Combe(カッスル・クーム)、2つの村からなるThe Slaughters(スローターズ)、「コッツウォルズの宝石」とも称されるPainswick(ペインズウィック)、故チャーチル元首相の生家で世界遺産のBlenheim Palace(ブレナム宮殿)等々。駆け足で1、2日で訪れるのではなく、車でゆっくり時間をかけて観光したいところだ。ご興味がある方は、旅行の写真をアップしたフォトアルバムを見てみて下さい。

We traveled to the Cotswolds for 4 nights and 5 days in March. The Cotswolds, where used to be prosperous with wool trading during the 13-15th centuries, is a typical English countryside that foreigners imagine of, with gentle hillsides (‘wolds’) and small cute villages with honey-coloured limestone houses. It takes only 2-hour drive from London. This time, we went around small towns and avoided large towns such as Bath, Gloucester, and Cheltenham. We could enjoy relaxing walks in these towns, as it was weekdays and there were not many tourists. My favorite towns are Castle Combe (one of the prettiest village in England), The Slaughters (Upper/Lower Slaughters), Painswick (one of the gems of the Cotswolds) and Blenheim Palace (Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and World Heritage site) etc. Take time and enjoy to see around this beautiful area of England, instead of running around there in 1 or 2 days. If you want, please check my photo album of the trip.

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