Monday, October 12, 2015

UK Vacay: Northleach and Stonehenge

We've been home from our big vaction for over a month now, and "real life" has kept me from finishing up posting the pics from the trip.  So, today, you get a 2-for-1 deal.  Northleach first.  Our final destination for the day was Stonehenge, but we knew we didn't want to get there too early.  As we were driving through the Cotswolds to get there, we stopped a bit before lunch time to visit the village of Northleach. The attractions it boasted were "Historic Wool Church" and a Musical Museum.  We skipped the museum, but enjoyed wandering through the village and taking in a bit of the Cotswolds.


This furry dude hung out at the Market/parking area.  He has his own facebook fan page!  Norman de Northleach

This is where we chose to have lunch.

Playing Big Deal while waiting for our lunch in the Ox House's hidden garden.  We had to move back inside about 5 minutes after this, due to a torrential storm that blew through. 

Ham and Cheese Toastie.


Ham and Cheese Toastie. Yummy!

The Bubble and Squeak I ordered was a new twist on "old food"
Here's more info on what it is!  
We saw several thatched roof homes in the Cotswolds.

In 2013, the English Heritage Trust opened a visitor center and museum at Stonehenge.  I grudgingly paid our entrance fee (ahead of time, online to save money), as there was no way to visit the monument without paying admission.  It included a bus ride between the monument from the visitor center . We rode to, and walked back.  The visitor center was done really well, the cafe had a lot to choose from, and the gift shop was well organized, and not too kitchy.  I have to admit, I enjoyed the modern attraction as much as the "actual" attraction, and it helped inform us of what we were looking at.  It also helped make for a more "full" time there.

See the Rainbow?

Walking back to the Visitor Center.

We were walking through pasture right past herds of bovine.  They're pretty used to having guests, it appears.

This would have been the best souvenir.  Didn't fit in the suitcase.
Just liked the texture in this pic.

In the background is the visitor center, gift shop, and cafe. 

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