A village in a Village – Bourton Model Village

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Want to see a village in a village? Why not head to Burton -on – the – water, another jewel in the district of Cotswold. It is another popular attraction among many in Burton.

The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the old buildings and the new one. Yes, the team who maintains this model village keep re-working on it time to time to reflect any changes in the village.

It is fascinating that a lot has not changed in this old quaint village in so many years. And how the local community and the people have kept the beauty as it is in the heart of the village.

The village was created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn, taking local craftsmen five years to build, and it was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

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Bourton On The Water – “Venice of Cotswold”

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Yet another visit to Cotswold and this time one of it’s another exotic but busy village of Bourton On the Water. Love this belt of Cotswold, filled with quaint & idyllic villages next to rivers, bestowed with bridges, honey coloured stones cottages/houses and a different kind of rustic beauty around.

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Bourton on the Water is another very famous village, also referred as Venice of the Cotswold, and very popular among tourists and day trippers. The river Windrush flows through the village and has a setting on stone banks. And I am must admit it was one of my favourite place during our visit.  We sat there for hours, watching families having a picnic, children running around the river bank, people enjoying the heat and having the PIMMS, great tea rooms near by, and I sat there with my feet soaked in the water.  What a relaxing day 🙂

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Another scene that got me awed on this idyllic setting was its low bridges beside the greens. And because of these bridges, Bourton on the Water has got its name of Venice.

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IMG_7572A lot of tea room, gift shops, antique shops, cafes to select from 🙂

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Amazing collection of perfumes. They have a factory tour open for visitors, but unfortunately because of the busy time of the year they had closed it down currently.

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Bibury- A Charming Village

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Bibury is a charming little village in the English countryside of Cotswold.  Bibury village has been featured at various places, particulary famous as one of the most beautiful village in the England. It has been also modelled in the Mini- Europe minitaure park at Atomimum in Brussels.

When you arrive at Bibury, the very first thought that struck you is are you watching a painting!! Believe me the setting of this place just takes you back in the 17th-18th century, because that era is still very intact in this place. With it’s 17th century weavers cottage, a walking bridge on the top of river and the meadow setting takes away your breath.

It is a small village that can be seen by walking all around it. While you are visiting this place, there are some must do/see things like

Walk to Arlington Row – a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River. It is often reffered as one of the most photographed cottage row in the country. Infact it was in news recently that beauty of the arlington row has been bloomed by a yellow car, which still stands there 🙂 For a bit of history these cottages were actually built as a monastic wool store in 1380s and later converted into weavers’ cottages later.

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Walk around River Coln and find a spot for a nice picnic. Do not forget to carry duck food.

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Bibury Trout Farm- Love fishing and fancy catching live trout to take back home. This is the place. There is entry of around £4 pound to get on to the farm.

Church of St Mary – I did not visit the church, and I am actually wondering how did I miss it. But there is always a next time 🙂

Go to a Tea Room , sit back, relax and enjoy Bibury.

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Oxford City

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We recently visited Oxford on a family outing, and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day. I think Oxford needs no introduction, the famous university city is house to vibrant college crowd, amazing architecture, museums, local markets, shops.

There is a lot to do in the Oxford whether it is just a stroll around the city, shopping till you bow down or discovering hidden alleys of Oxford. The city is a potion of old era mixed with modern era.

Harry Potter movies have given another high to Oxford and it’s universities. There are a lot of tour companies in the Oxford that organizes free guided tours, harry potter places tours, ghosts tours. Pick your favourite one, you will never go out of option.  I will recommend a guided tour of this place to know more about the history.

Few places we visited during a day visit to Oxford.

  1. Christ Church – The famous Wizard School, and the famous dining hall is in here. It is spectacular to look at and the stories makes it even more interesting.

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  1. Hall_of_Christ_Church,_OxfordCarfax Tower- Climb onto Carfax tower for Oxford’s city view. The Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin’s Church and still contains a ring of six bells, recast from the original five by Richard Keene of Woodstock in 1676. These chime the quarter hours and are rung on special occasions by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers.

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  1. Bodleian Library – One of the famous libraries of the world, number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 50000 e-journals and huge  quantities of other materials. It has got a copy of every paper printed anywhere in the world.

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  1. Museum of History of Science- Fascinating place containing collection of early scientific instruments , unvilled stars, cameras, drugs. You will be amazed to know how far we have come down in terms of technology.P7025914

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Beautiful Inveraray, Argyll

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During our trip to Scotland, we took an unexpected turn on to the Inveraray, on the way to Oban. On my google search on what to do in Oban- I found a link to Live Inveraray Jail and thought it might be interesting. I told Asho, let’s take a little diversion and check out this place.

It was an accidental visit, and I am glad that happened. As soon as we reached Inverary, my first reaction was “Wow”. Am In a wonderland 🙂 The castle, the loch front, cottages, bridges, everything looked beautiful.

Inveraray is a small town in Argyll and Bute, on the shore of Loch Fyne. Duke of Argyll founded this town, alongside his Inveraray Castle. The town was designed and built by the Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800.

Whether you are looking for a day picnic, adventures or just a sun soaked afternoon (rare are such days 🙂 ) near the Loch, it is definitely a place to be. Quaint and quiet in its own way. Breath-taking views sweeping across a wide landscapes & seascapes, it is a treat to eyes.

Few pictures from the trip, taken on my iPhone so might come dark at few places. We had a good day, a mixture of thick clouds and few sunny intervals. I am glad it did not rain 🙂

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Windermere, Lake District

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Windermere is one of the popular summer destination not only for Brits but as well as flock of tourists. It is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial period. It is ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep. The name Windermere comes from the Scandinavian for a ‘lake of man called Vinandr’.

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There is some information which I did not know about and I have extracted from internet is – The lake contains 18 islands. By far the largest is the privately owned Belle Isle opposite Bowness and around a kilometre in length. Its older name was Lang Holme, and 800 years ago it was the centre of the manor of Windermere and later, in effect, of amoiety of the barony of Kendal.

There is so much to do in & around Windermere that you can spend a day or weeks, and you will still not have enough of it. I have personally visited it twice, but a shame that I had forgotten to write about it. A line of cruise operators over the Windermere- speedboats, cruises, boat tours. A lot water sports companies whether it is kayaking, canoeing, paddling. It is just so much around this place.

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St. Davids, Wales

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St. David’s is a small city located in the Pembrokshire region of Wales. It is actually a beautiful village with some picturesque settings all around it. It has been given the status of city by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of Cathedral St David in the village.

You will start falling in love with the views of the city as you start approaching towards it, with vast ocean views on the one side and another side of the road is the landscape of vegetation. St. Davids is a vibrant place full of tourists and locals all around it. A lot of local shops, cafes, restaurants so you will never fall short of options.

This small city is house to cathedrals, majestic cliffs & hidden coves as well as exotic coastline.

Are you a water sports freak? This is the place for you. Go for Kayaking, Snorkelling, Cayoning, swimming, speed boating etc. St. Davids have many companies that organizes a lot of cruises or boat tours to nearby island.

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We went for lunch to a nice cozy resturant The Grove on the high street. Amazing atmosphere and superb food. Though when we visited it was over crowded with tourists and a lot of waiting time. But food was worth a wait 🙂 Check out the link here – http://www.grovestdavids.co.uk/

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Treasures of the Earth

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Those who have been to Highlands in the Scotland knows very well that how they get captivated by the natural beauty around them, how those eyes can never have enough of it. But at the same time, if it is a rainy highland visit, that is the only time you get to discover the hidden indoor attractions that are truly worth a visit not only on rainy occasions but any time of the year.

So during this visit, we headed out to walk along the Glenfinnan woodlands, when it starts to pour down heavily. We needed a shade on top of the head, and while doing a google search I located a small museum/attraction called ‘Treasures of the Earth’ which displays a collection of crystals, gem stones, and fossils. It is located in the village of Corpach.

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The building has been simulated to give you a feeling of cave, mining environment with it’s dim lights and UV lights. But you will know why they did that when you start seeing the displays around you. Here you can find a display area showing off a impressive collection of minerals, as gold, silver, various forms of salts. There are displays on the concept of geological time, and on the formation of fossils, with some dramatic fossils to illustrate the process.

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There is also a section which displays a collection of minerals in natural light and UV lights which will make you wonder that these stones have such magnificent color to them.

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There is also a gift shop which sells all these stones, lucky gems, chain/ear rings etc. My mum-in-law got some pearls for herself 🙂

Feel free to take your camera along, people are very welcoming.

 

 

Luss(Herb) Village Walk, Argyll

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During our stay at Glasgow, we planned to visit Luss village for the view of Loch Lomond in loch lomond and the Trossachs national park [http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/]. But when I arrived at the Luss Village, which was at that time overshadowed with the Mount Ben & clouds, made me fall me in love with it. It was once again love at first sight. Oh God! What a beautiful tiny quaint village. In Gaelic Luss meant ‘Herb’ and it is now a ‘conservation village’.

We arrived at the village information centre, which has got a pay & display car park, a village shop & post office at the centre. Information centre has leaflets for various walks around the village, short or long walk, choice is all yours 🙂

Since I loved the village so much for its first look itself, I decided to learn a bit more about the village, spoke to the locals out there and hail the Internet 🙂

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Earlier ages village was known as Clachan Dubh which meant the Dark Village, because of high mountains all around it which gave it lesser amount of sunlight, especially in winter times. It is also associated with different meaning for its name, so people believe Luss to be a herb plant other thinks it meant Lily.  A related story on the same [sourced from google] – One related to that of the Baroness MacAuslin, who died in France, whilst her husband was fighting at the siege of Tournay. Her body was brought back to Luss covered with flowers, especially the fleur-de luce. Some of the flowers grew to the surface of the grave ” and became miraculously efficacious in staying a pestilence then raging through the countryside”.

When you walk in the village, there is an amazing tranquillity all around you that makes you peaceful and delighted. Cottages in the villages caught my eye, very low and mostly built of loose stones with a layer of turf, decorated with row of flowers and it just looks gorgeous. You can walk upto the Luss Pier, a number of cruises and boat trip starts from here for the loch lomond.

PS: For the people who have watched ‘Take The High Road’ a Scottish drama, Luss village was a prime location for it.

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