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In Search of Sir Francis Drake
by Kathryn Gillett, Elizabethan England on Britannia
Four Miles South-West of Moreton-in-the-Marsh
Back in the car, we leisurely drove through peaceful towns with charming names like Upper and Lower Slaughter. We didn't know that Stow-on-the-Wold was the hot spot to visit in the Cotswolds - it just looked like a delightful resting place for the night. We parked our car and gave our legs a stretch to check out our options for accommodations. Without hesitation, we chose a hotel because it claimed to be the "Oldest Inn in England" - something we were unable to pass by. It being the off-season, we had the place to ourselves. We were given a graceful, spacious room. And for dinner we were shown to a charmingly cozy space, warmed by a crackling fire, where we enjoyed a delicious feast.
Back in our room, the weather forecast was gloomy - a malevolent snowstorm was on its way. But instead of the expected blizzard, we awoke to a perfectly clear blue sky -another sparklingly sharp winter morning in the Cotswolds. We strolled the length and breadth of the village, along mostly pedestrian-free walkways, stopping in all the quaint shops to browse and collect a range of delicious local cheeses and other goodies for a picnic we'd find a spot for later in the day.
Since Lawrence had to catch a plane back to the States the next morning, we would need to discontinue our meandering, and set a course to head us back towards London. We saw by the map that we could be in Cirencester around noon, and therefore chose it as the spot for our picnic.
Photograph of author at Stow-on-the-Wold by Lawrence Ross.
Next Stop: Cirencester
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