Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Painswick: A delightful Cotswold town

After we spent some time in fast-paced London, we slowed down a bit in a rental cottage in the Cotswolds.  The kids loved to pretend the cottage was haunted and enjoyed the quiet country daily life.  I enjoyed driving around the area in search of surprising Cotswolds towns.

We stumbled upon one of my favorites one last day there:  Painswick.

In the past Painswick was a major player in the wool trade of the Cotswold area.  Today it is famous for it’s parish church, the yew trees in the churchyard, and winding steep and narrow streets.

Here are some memories from our day:

This artwork in the church sure demonstrates how important the wool trade was during the time.

The yew trees are so mature they have 'grown together' to create many tunnels, nooks, and crannies.

Rebecca in front of the delightful shop we found.  If you stood in the middle of the store and put both arms outstretched your arms would span the room.

Most of the buildings were made of this Cotswold stone.

Olivas, where we stopped for coffee and dessert.

A view of the town

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