En Route to London: York, Oxford & Cotswolds


En Route to London: York, Oxford and Cotswolds

These were a couple places we wanted to stop by and admire before we got to London. The drive itself was something to remember; watching the rolling hills and colorful fields as we drove by was so beautiful. The guys really caught on quickly to driving on the left side of the road too! There were a couple of close calls, but thanks to Google Maps and shrieking passengers we arrived in one piece!

York

York, England

York Minster Cathedral, York  York Minster Cathedral

The Shambles Streets

The Shambles was one of the things on my list to see- the old buildings and narrow streets felt like I was in another time frame! I also LOVE different marketplaces so it was fun to walk around and explore these little streets.

Shambles Streets, York

Shambles Streets, York

Shambles Streets, York

Shambles Marketplace, York

Shambles Streets, York

Shambles Streets, York

 

Oxford

I would definitely visit Oxford again… we had such a short time here and because we were passing through on a Sunday, many things were closed! It’s such a beautiful university town, and I kept thinking how cool it would be to be a student here. We walked around the University then had lunch at the Eagle and Child, a famous pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien would meet. It’s cool to think of the conversations that went on behind the scenes to shape their works into what they are.

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

The Bridge of Sighs

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera

Oxford, England

Bodleian Library, Oxford

Bodleian Library

Oxford

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

Cotswolds

Chipping Campden in the Northern Cotswolds is the cutest and most picturesque little village. After seeing it on Pinterest (which planned most of our trip actually), we decided to go check it out. It was really beautiful, peaceful, quaint, and one of my favorite places so far. I love villages hidden in the country… and loved all the contrasts: the delicate flowers resting over the sturdy stone, the fragile and the soft, against the time tested and the remaining… the crafted man-made buildings enclosed in the vast, God-made hills, stretching into the infinite horizon.

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswolds

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

 

I love the lively flowers everywhere, creeping over the old, exhausted homes. I thought the lavender colors against the gold was so beautiful… and if I ever had a country home that’s how I would want it to look.

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

 

My favorite part was at the edge of a cemetery in the town. There’s something about endless fields and seeing the horizon that is so beautiful to me. And photos don’t even capture it… the view was amazing as you see patches of bright yellow fields in the distance, and stone walls weaving through lush fields. I just love nature, and the rawness of the earth. And gazing at the horizon makes me feel so free =]

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

Cotswold, Chipping Campden

 

I know I’m behind on my posts, and not doing justice in capturing these beautiful places, but I’m so thankful to be experiencing the little bit of these places that I am! More to come…

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