Some family and I took an impromptu trip to the Cotswolds and stopped off at Oxford on the way back. We stopped in a place called Bourton-on-Water which is nothing less than a postcard brought to life. With the shallow river, the low bridges, tiny cottages and shops, it was quaint, welcoming and worlds apart from London.
Despite how tiny this village was it had a surprising amount of tourist attractions. The two we visited were the Model Village and the Maze. If you take a quick look at the picture below, at first glance, I doubt you thought it was a model?
On the way back we visited the Christchurch College in Oxford. I’ll be honest, the most interesting part was the stair case leading up to their dining hall where they filmed the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone when they stand before entering the great hall to be sorted. Once in the dining hall you could tell instantly that J.K Rowling must have taken quite a bit of inspiration from it for the Great Hall. It was a beautiful college and I felt humbled and dumb at the same time.