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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

The Cotswolds

If you are not already familiar with the area (a lot of bloggers have been there recently, it seems!), the Cotswolds is an area in south central England stretching from Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath. I knew it was an area I wanted to explore and I was lucky to get out there on a couple different occasions while in England. First, on a Sunday, I took a bus tour out to four villages with a friend from school (thanks to Merritt for the idea!) – we visited Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold.

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Bibury, Gloucestershire

It was supposed to be a bit rainy but we actually got really lucky with the weather! And the villages were breathtakingly beautiful. It was really hard to believe these were real homes where people actually lived (and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have tourists at your doorstep but gosh everything was so pretty)! On a separate trip, I also stopped at Castle Combe on my way to Bath from Oxford. While we were there we had lunch and watched a wedding party arrive at the local church. Just a beautiful afternoon. We then stopped at Lucknam Park for afternoon tea before getting into Bath! If you ever have the chance, you don’t want to miss the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside.

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Burford, Oxfordshire

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Tea and Crumpets in Burford

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Castle Combe, Wiltshire

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Burford

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Bibury

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The Swan Hotel in Bibury

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Afternoon Tea at Lucknam Park

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Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

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Castle Combe

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Castle Combe

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