Warwick Castle and Stow-on-the-Wold
22.10.2012 15 °C
Due to lack of WiFi for the last couple of days, I am posting 2 entries today. On our way from York to Oxford yesterday, we stopped at Warwick Castle and Stow-on-the-Wold. Warwick Castle has been there for many hundreds of years and houses some priceless artifacts and paintings. We were lucky that we happened to be on the second floor when the free tour was beginning. At the beginning of our holiday I was reading a book by Phillipa Gregory about the family that owned Warwick Castle during the Wars of the Roses. So it was really interesting for me to see the Castle again with a bit of history under my belt this time. I had been to Warwick Castle with Eryn in 1997 and knew nothing of the history. They have really restored a lot more of the castle and expanded programs in the last 15 years. After this we found our way to Stow-on-the-Wold thanks to that trusty GPS! The village is in the Cotswolds, a kind of vacation land for the British. We saw lots of trailers being hauled around. The town itself is made up of buildings that are made of the yellow Cotswold stone whether they are centuries old or brand new. In the middle of the town square there was a market set up selling all sorts of Italian foods - cheese, pizza, olives, olive oils, etc. We arrived in Oxford near supper time and went to the local Tesco food market for dinner makings. All this staying in hotels and eating out has been eating into the money supply. We've decided to save wherever possible and picnic our way through the meals. We will also be going back to Beckenham soon and doing day trips from there in the south of the country instead of staying in hotels. It seems that the hotels we like are beyond our means and the hotels we can afford are not up to our standards,eg.no WiFi etc.