Cheltenham and the Cotswolds
We saved the best of England for our last stop. Cheltenham was our favorite of all the places we visited in England. The fact that our friends, Gill and Phil, were such gracious hosts may have influenced us a bit. My friend, Carol, flew over from San Antonio to spend a week with us and I enjoyed getting to “catch up” on all the news of my friends at Sonterra. Carol stayed with Gill and Phil in their lovely new home and Buddy and I stayed in our AirBnB apartment near the center of town. It was easy to understand why Gill and Phil chose to live in Cheltenham. Their new spacious contemporary town home was within walking distance of everything. I expected Cheltenham to be a large village with Cotswold stone cottages. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is a modern town with upscale shopping and excellent restaurants. It hosts several cultural events throughout the year and is clean and safe. Not only did Gill and Phil take us to visit all the wonderful sights such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Stow-on-the-Wold, etc., they entertained us, chauffeured us, and served the most delicious food almost every night. We were thoroughly pampered!
I especially enjoyed seeing their previous home in the small village of Cowley and visiting their church. Gill invited us to join her at the Vicar’s home for the showing of a video about Martin Luther and the Reformation. We were served homemade lasagna, made by the Vicar’s wife, and got to meet several of her fellow parishioners. Buddy got to put his hand in Seven Springs, a source of the River Thames, during our visit to the Cowley area. I thoroughly enjoyed attending Remembrance Sunday services with Gill at the small parish church in Cowley while Phil and Buddy dropped Carol off at Heathrow for her flight home.
Gill’s cousin Ian and his friend, Fred, from Australia shared a delicious dinner prepared by Phil one evening. We exchanged info with Fred and plan to look him up when we are in Australia. Another evening, their friends, Barbara and Jerry joined us for another great dinner by Phil. Barbara had been to San Antonio with Gill and Phil and Carol and I enjoyed having an opportunity to see her again.
We reluctantly said goodbye to our wonderful friends, Phil and Gill, but we hope to see them in San Antonio on their next visit.