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in the cotswolds

Pears on a fence

Pears at Painswick Rococo gardens

I have mentioned before that one of the difficulties about blogging is that I am always behind in telling you about what we've done.  In actual fact, we have now been traveling through Europe for nearly three months and the dogs have visited five (!) countries with us.  There are now old hat at this whole traveling thing . . . . but, three months ago, when we walked off the Queen Mary 2 onto English soil, it was our first experience traveling with the dogs and their first international adventure.  Everything was new, confusing, and sometimes difficult.

Horses in the Cotswolds

Pears hanging over a fence

I'm telling you this because our travels have changed and, in some ways, the writing in this blog will change, as well.  We have quickly figured out that we can't stay for three days here and three days there, as we did when we traveled through Africa and Asia.  We go slowly, settling down in one place for weeks at a time, driving only one to two hours beyond our vacation rentals, and spending some of our days walking the dogs, making dinner, grocery shopping, doing laundry (a seemingly neverending task), and all those other mundane things that we all must do to live.

Berries on a tree

Berries on a tree

My dad is visiting us right now and he said that we are turning into "homebodies" though our home changes every few weeks.  That's not a bad way to put it because we have realized that we can't zip through all the biggest sites in a country while we're traveling with the dogs.  We spend a lot more time wandering through fields and forests, taking photographs of berries on trees and flowers set near brooks and rivers. 

Sunset in the Cotswolds

Sunset near Salisbury

We are still seeing a lot, touring around many of the big sites, and eating so much that sometimes we have to stop and take a "salad break" to keep our stomachs from expanding beyond their normal state.  But, what we are seeing is different, closer, and more in depth.  As you will see over the next few weeks as I write about our stint in the Cotswolds, England, it was there that we began to glimpse the joys and limitations of our new lifestyle.

10/22/2011 05:50
I think a change in pace is good even if you aren't travelling with pets. We are "settling down" in Chiang Mai for 3 months and are loving the opportunity to get some work done, explore the local markets and learn to cook Thai food in our own kitchen, and develop real friendships.

Looking forward to reading about your time in Europe.
11/03/2011 08:45
That's fantastic! Chiang Mai was one of our all time favorite cities. The vibe is so relaxed, everyone is nice, and the food is incredible.
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10/22/2011 08:56
I'm such a sucker for sunset photos. Yours is stunning. My pets were champs on their one big voyage, but I'm not sure how they'd handle moving around. But you've given me the idea to try it someday!
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11/10/2011 07:28
You should definitely try it. We found Chewy and Abby to be more resilient than we had imagined.
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10/22/2011 09:36
Joan
I love the Cotswolds area and can't wait to read about your time there.
10/22/2011 12:22
I'm with Joan - I can't wait to read about your adventures in the Cotswolds. :) We've also become much slower travelers recently - whereas before we wanted to see it all, now we feel like just a week in one place is too little time. A few weeks is preferable, but a month or more is even better! We travel at the pace of a snail, lol.
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10/22/2011 15:35
Just beautiful! A part of the world I would love to check out sometime when I'm in need some relaxation. Can't believe you've been in Europe for 3 months already!!!
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10/24/2011 08:15
I really like the photo of the three beautiful horses and I'll also look forward for more photos from the charming Cotswolds.
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10/25/2011 12:34
I think most of us need some long breaks in one spot once in a while to remain sane. Blitzing around from place to place takes itÂ?s toll. Slow travel seems more rewarding to me as well.
10/27/2011 05:02
This looks delightful. Excited to follow your journey here, as it might be a nice little stop for me to check out sometime too.

Thanks for sharing.
Christian
11/07/2011 08:00
We travel on a boat, and staying at least a month at a place we like allows us to see and do so much more. We stopped in Chattanooga, TN for a month, and we've been 5 years!
11/10/2011 07:34
Fantastic! Our family is in Atlanta, GA and Auburn, AL, so we are able to make it up to Chattanooga every now and then, and it is beautiful.
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09/06/2012 06:02
The Cotswolds is a great place to visit if you have dogs, just like Shropshire is. Lots of big green fields and hills that you could spend forever walking across.
10/24/2012 12:20
Absolutely!

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