This year, I am blessed to go back to England to attend and capture the mother-in-law’s wedding. As usual, whenever we’re back, we always try to spend as much time as possible with the family. Nan and granddad took us out to York in my first visit in 2014, and we spent a day out in Nottingham last Christmas. So, we thought this time, we should spend more than a day together. Thanks to Hannah from Amethyst Rose Beauty blog, her post in March made it easy for me to pick a destination: Bourton-on-the-Water.
From Grandad’s house in Melton Mowbray, it took us about an hour and a half drive there. Both granddad and Peter kept on wondering and (almost) complaining to me about ‘what is it with Bourton?’ Only until they saw the place themselves, they realised, it’s a pretty beautiful place to be.
We arrived there before 11 o’clock and the place was already quite busy with visitors. Later at lunch time though, it was packed with Chinese and Korean tourists. Apparently the local county had made a few deals and been highly promoting this place in China and Korea. A dedicated website for Bourton-on-the-Water is also available in Chinese language. Surprise, surprise!
We started our day with a few drinks at the Kingsbridge Inn.
We then wandered around to see the shops, and had pastis from the Cornish bakery. Pastis is like a bigger version of Indonesian pastel, and was initially created for miners to be eaten in the field, hence, the hard edges. They can hold the edges while eating the filling, and bin them afterwards.
We also had a chance to look at the Motor Museum, where I found a becak (pedicab) at the front that says ‘Bourton’ and ‘Surabaya’ which is a big city in Indonesian province East Java. I asked the museum lady about this becak but she knew very little about how it got there. Although, she reckons that at some point, that becak was used as public transportation in Bourton.
After about an hour walk, with the increasing number of visitors we realised we had to get going and get lunch. Kingsbridge Inn was packed, so we went to The Croft on the other side. Grandad had a steak for lunch 🙂
Once we’re finished there, we headed to Gloucester, where we booked a hotel for one night and hoping to get to go around Gloucester on the following day. The hotel we stayed in was amazing, but more on that and Gloucester in another post! Watch the space, people…