Touring the Cotswolds in Your Own Way

Naunton and farm fields, Cotswolds

My favorite part of the English countryside is the Cotswolds, an AONB (Area of Outstanding National Beauty) in the heart of England, two hours west of London, between the popular tourist destinations of Bath (to the south) and Stratford-upon-Avon (to the north). The Cotswolds has picture-perfect English countryside with gentle rolling hills, fields of crops, large wooded areas and valleys carved out by flowing rivers. Tucked away in these valleys are historic Cotswold villages, with golden Cotswold stone … Continue reading Touring the Cotswolds in Your Own Way

What is a Ha-ha?

Ha-ha at Greys Court - now you see it

What is a ha-ha? And is it funny? A “ha-ha” is a feature in English gardens that keeps the animals out of the garden, but does not look like an obvious wall or fence. It gives you an uninterupted view from the garden to the fields beyond. From one side you see the ha-ha, from the other side you don’t. You find them in gardens all over England but it is easy to miss them if … Continue reading What is a Ha-ha?

Home Exchange – Stay in Europe for Free!

Staying in a vacation rental and doing a home exchange are similar in many ways. You stay in a home in a residential area, not accommodations built for tourists. You stay in one place for longer (European vacation rentals usually require a one week stay, Saturday to Saturday). You settle in and become part of your neighborhood. No daily maid service, no front desk, no concierge – you are an independent traveler. But with a … Continue reading Home Exchange – Stay in Europe for Free!

Haven in Paris Interview

Medieval stained glass, Cluny Museum, Paris

This is a nice change – a vacation rental agency has interviewed me, instead of me interviewing them! Sarah from the US-based agency Haven in Paris wanted to know what I think about European vacation rentals. Haven In Paris Blog Interview – Slow Travels Through Europe At the end of May Steve and I spent a week in the Haven in Paris Ecoles apartment (read my review on Slow Europe). The apartment was centrally located … Continue reading Haven in Paris Interview