The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can’t get lost down a country lane without noticing. The famous stone villages hit me in some groovy spot I didn’t know I had. They glow; they charm; they coze; they spill thousands of years of history in to their stone streets like flowers. When I come to any pause in a conversation here, I’ll ask “so, what’s your favorite Cotswold village?” I have a list as long as my arm of villages to visit, times of year to visit, specific places to visit in the villages, places to eat, places to shop, places to just be.
But you know when you are seeking and searching and looking and walking, and you suddenly look around and realize you’ve found a place you didn’t realize you were missing? That’s how I feel about Bourton-on-the-Water. Something about the river Windrush gently spilling through town; the crooked streets; the graceful stone footbridges; the ducks; the fastidious and gorgeous houses; the frankly tourist shops that still retain their friendliness and quality; and of course the model village, with its miniature model village, with its even more miniature model village …
And not least, the Christmas tree floating in the middle of the river:
Happy holidays, y’all, however you celebrate, or even if you don’t. Soak up that magic of the everyday all around you and enjoy.