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Bon Voyage: Western Norway

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Bon Voyage: Western Norway

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Ahhhh, Norway, the land of waterfalls, fjords, Vikings, and trolls.  In lieu of birthday gifts, the Doc wanted to take advantage of the long bank holiday weekend and head on an adventure.  He picked Scandinavia, specifically the fjords of Western Norway, despite not knowing entirely what that would entail.  It takes essentially every mode of transportation to get there, but is very well worth the…

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Hello Cotswolds!

*Norman church in the quaint town of Temple Guiting

*B taking in the memorial for the six members of one family that were all killed in WWI - the biggest single family loss in both wars

*A charming cottage in Temple Guiting - complete with a rose garden 

*B on the green in Temple Guiting

*Sampling the local treats at Cotswolds Sweet Company in Stow-on-the-Wold

*B & Dad in Broadway 

*The mill in Lower Slaughter 

*A & Mom in Broadway - loving the gorgeous flowers and quiet towns

*Picturesque Lower Slaughter

*The high street in Burford 

The Lay of the Land:

Where we stayed: Ellenborough Park.  Gorgeous old manor home outside of Cheltenham at the foothills of the Wolds.  The famous Cheltenham race course is a few miles away which I would love to return to see a classic English hunt race. 

Logistics: Train from London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa (approx. 2.5 hours). Cabs to hotels can be arranged through hotel front desks or taxis at the station.  Transport in between towns is only possible through personal car hire or arranging a driver in advance.  Note that roads are very windy and appear to be one-way but are intended for two cars so pay attention to places to pull off to let others pass.

Bonjour Paris & Versailles  - Part Deux!

*Versailles gardens with Mom & grandmother - such a special day!

*Perfectly manicured gardens and lawns at Versailles

*Mom and her Mom

*Marie Antoinette’s ‘farmhouse’

*Charming Relais Christine Hotel in Saint Germain - highly recommend if looking for a quiet place to stay in a vibrant neighbourhood

*Summer flowers in the Versailles gardens