Thanks to everyone who helped us plan our Trip to London and The Cotswolds. If you don't mind I'd like to give you a very brief overview of our time there.
We were in London for three nights, the Cotswolds for five and then back to London for three. We rented a car while in the Cotswolds, taking the tube out to Heathrow to pick it up....much easier than trying to get out of the city.
We visited the usual sights so I won't bore you with those details. Living in close proximity to New York, I thought the cities would be similar in many ways and in some they were. Of course London has much more history and I found the car and foot traffic to be about the same. I think the biggest difference was how few Brits I found in the city. I thought NY was pretty ethnically diverse but it doesn't come close to London. There were times I felt I was somewhere other than England and that bothered me a bit.
The city itself was beautiful and the different areas fun to wander though. We tried to walk as much as possible trying to take in as much as possible.
The food was actually much better than I thought it would be with a wide range of choices everywhere. If you can't find what you want in this city then my guess is you're not hungry.
We did a lot of people watching also.........sitting in Hyde Park or St James and just watching the city and people go by.
We were able to see War Horse which was just amazing. I have read that there are plans to move it to Broadway at some point and I'd be curious to see how it translates there. I also understand Steven Spielberg bought the movie rights, which should be interesting. A very unique and well done show. Seeing a play in London was a great experience. Free water during intermission without charging you 8.00 for a bottle? How civilized of you. I found the crowd to be a little more reserved but that also didn't surprise me.
The five nights we spent in The Cotswolds were a real treat. I've read on these boards, on and off from some people, that The Cotswolds is overrated. Well, I suppose everyone is entitled to their opinion but I have to say that there were times I could have sat in those fields along a walking path and been content to not move again. Anyone who claims that area is overrated just doesn't get it and anything I say here won't make a difference.
I have to tell you, the driving in the country is crazy. Narrow roads complete with hills and bends where barely two cars can pass and sometimes only if one pulls over into some brush. And people come at you pretty fast....I guess familiarity breeds confidence. But the lavander fields and peacefulness make up for the rest. We stayed at a B&B (The Chance) in Chipping Campden for four nights and in Castle Combe for one. We visited Broadway, The Slaughhters, Bourton, Stow, Burford, Bibury, Moreton, Stanway Manor, had afternoon tea in Stow and looked out the window as 1909 and 1910 Stanley Steamers pulled in and parked.
I could go on but I don't want to bore you. I'm sure I haven't hit everything but you get the idea. If anyone who is planning a trip has any questions, please feel free to email me.
Thanks again to everyone. I hope to see you again one day.