Cotswolds Day 3: Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Monday 28th August 

Last day of the Summer Bank Holiday. We checked out of the hotel, skipped buffet breakfast and off we went!

Mr Games had already decided what we were going to do on this day. We were going to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Tickets were already bought online…
Before we reached our destination we tried to find a location to eat. Some didn’t open till 10am, one place had a 45 minute wait, one place had a wedding going on, in which I felt their advertising was very misleading. I dare not say where these places are but they were quite near the wildlife park.
We were at the wildlife park just as it was opening…
But before the big tour, we ate a sandwich in their public canteen. 😐 So sad that we couldn’t have a decent brekkie beforehand.  😥

After eating, we started our trek… There’s a lot of animal pictures!

The zookeeper here needed to clean these swan’s home, so one of the swans was grabbed by the next and placed into a neighbouring pen.

We think this hen tried to escape it’s habitat! 😮

The baby goats are so cuuuute. You’re allowed to pet them!

These creatures are mega, mega cute! They just munch away.

This spider monkey has an evil look!

Bats are hard to find!

It was time to go, and I’m glad we came early as more people were coming in! I recommend that if you’re passing Gloucestershire to come and stop by the wildlife park (although I think London Zoo and Whipsnade Park are much more fun!).
We ended up eating our lunch at a service stop with a Subway sandwich and an Iced Americano with an extra shot (I’m addicted to Americanos now) from Starbucks… 
We finally ended up in London between 4 and 5, dropped Miss Money near a tube station, me near my home and the boys drive off into the sunset… 😅
A fun bank holiday weekend! 
I feel like I’ve spent all my holidays this year with all my best travelling friends/mates! Well done Geek! 🤣
End of Day 3.

Cotswolds Day 2: Bourton-on-the-Water

Sunday 27th August

The Beautiful Treasures (yes we are – giggle) awakened around 8 am, got ready and planned to eat breakfast at the hotel’s buffet… 
There wasn’t that much, but I had what I would usually have at work… There’s actually some sausages and hash browns underneath my toast, but was too lazy to take another picture. Blah.

Well nothing special about my breakfast. Didn’t go for seconds. I think the only person who had a bit more was Miss Money and Mr Games grabbed a couple of more muffins… and the only thing Mr Sensible enjoyed (and me too) was the strong coffee. >_<"" It was on a unanimous vote that we wouldn't be eating breakfast at the hotel's buffet again… 

It seemed I was the one who was the research and giving the others the links to decide on where to go. Miss Money said she wanted to go to the “most beautiful” town in the Cotswolds… Erm, there’s loads to choose from, and they’re all tiny villages so pick and choose it was!
The only decision was made by Miss Money who said we should go to Bourton-on-the-Water, and then do a hike around there. But we had to stop by another beautiful town… and that wasn’t really worth it… It was a very, very tiny town already filled with Chinese tourists. LOL!
We were actually making fun of the name of the town we evetually got to, because when you say Bourton-on-the-Water quite quickly, it sounds like you’re saying Bottom-of-the-Water! LOL! Or Bottle-on-the-Water. It gave us a few laughs along the way. ^_^

Who could these people in front of me be?

The boys needed more coffee. What! So we stopped by a coffee shop located near the post office. Coffee is basically like gold to us…

Time for a walk around. Apparently this town is the Venice of Gloucestershire and the Cotswold. ¬_¬”” Are they serious about that? But the water was clear, and lots of people were playing in it. Surprisingly it was hot on this day, so perfect for a sit and chill day.

We ended up in a tourist guide office, and we were trying to find a good route to hike. So the old lady in the shop highlighted it for us… She must know the area quite well to remember in detail which ways to walk! An extremely important local in the area! She gave us the true Cotwolds hike… a two to three hour walk (more like a four if you break at certain points).

Time to hit the road (after a toilet break)!

We started on a small road, crossed a busy road and climbed over a tiny boundary, then ended up in this field! ^_^ How exciting! Caught up with Mr Sensible… Haven’t spoken to him in general for a while!

We kept walking, and walking, even a family and a dog were following us. I was so hot and breathless at this point as we were going slightly uphill… Man! If Mr Games didn’t tell me, I thought I was really unfit for walking on a level road. ¬_¬” 

True farming look!

I think we ended up at Lower Slaughter at this point… Just be careful of the fast cars… Always walk where the cars are coming from a bend can see you!

The area have a lot of apple trees and raspberries growing in bushes. I’m not sure if we’re allowed to eat them… but these look like such a waste if no one picked them to be eaten… 😦 (There are really a lot of apple trees in the Gloucester area! Mostly wasted!)…

We reached Upper Slaughter!

At this point Mr Games decided to give me a scare… How dare he! ¬_¬”” :p

At this point we have reached the rural town of The Cotwolds…

And entered into a local church…

Next stop was another neighboring area… Stopped by a pub for a drink, but didn’t eat…

We had another 20 minutes of walking time… We almost got lost crossing this area. Miss Money had an obsession throughout the whole journey to go and ride some sheep… Really? Must she think this? Crazy woman!!

Finally ended up back in Bourton-on-the-Water. Thirsty, hot and tired!!!

Ended up in a little cafe and decided on food and drinks… This is a banana milkshare apparently… Hmmmm… I wished it was more slushy. 😦

But the sandwich looked amazing! Unfortunately I didn’t like the crust… was too tough.

I think this is Mr Games’s panini…

Erm, what’s this Mr Sensible? It had no crisps and salad on the side…

And Miss Money also had a panini…

It was time to head back. All of us were tired, apart from Miss Money…
We ended up at the hotel, and it seems I managed to take a nap for half an hour and the boys did too. Miss Money sat on the bed watching TV and going through her phone.
I think Miss Money just has too much energy, even Mr Games asked her why do you have so much energy?!
Now we had to go for the evening walk. We needed to search for the evening food… Miss Money always thought what we’re going to eat next at all times. ¬_¬

We ended up in a Wetherspoons. 
Miss Money has never had a jelly shot before, so we purchased four… one each… money went to charity.

I think I wasn’t extremely hungry, so I ordered a pizza, the cheese and tomato one. Yummy!

On our way back, Miss Money spotted a tiny, tiny frog… How did she spot that in the dark? Amazing… I would have missed this completely…

Time out. Time to sleep!

End of Day 2.

Cotswolds Day 1: Piggies in Gloucester

Saturday 26th August 

Time for another trip with the troupe. I need to name this troupe… Our Whatsapp group name is called “Beautiful Treasures” (don’t ask… just happens to be this name) so I think I will call this group The Beautiful Treasures whom consist of Miss Money, Mr Games and Mr Sensible. Plus me, The Geek! ^_^ As you may know already we travel together quite often… I actually don’t know why. Just seem to gel together quite well and get on each other’s nerves when we need to.

^_^ During one evening, whilst I was trying to study for the JLPT exam, we suddenly started talking about the Summer Bank Holiday. Where to go this summer??? I can’t remember who said Cotwolds but we ended up choosing this as our trip. I had a long look on AirBnB for a place to stay, but Mr Games ended up booking a hotel. ¬_¬”” All those hours of looking when I should have been studying… 
The Summer Bank Holiday came by really quickly! We all met up with Mr Games and Mr Sensible’s home… Mr Sensible drove us there as he now has a car!! ^_^ Yay… do I really need to start learning to drive? Hmmmm. Can’t put it off … or maybe I can, and then just resit the theory. Sorry Mr Sensible. We’ll rely on you driving for now…

We stopped off at one of those stops in the middle of our journey… I picked up this sushi set. ERK!!! Terrible stuff!! Stale rice and too much vinegar… BLEURGH. Should have had Burger King… 0/10. But I still ate it. 😦

Who had this sweet and sour chicken? Think it was Miss Money… Too watery. No taste! Do these peeps no how to cook?!

We arrived at the hotel we were staying at before 3 pm. Checked in. And thankfully we were on the ground floor as I was tired… Not sure about the others. But I’m sure they were too. I think Miss Money was ready to sprint out and go exploring in an instant. 
So off we went heading towards the city centre of Gloucester. We even got to go over the rail crossing… ^_^ Reminded me of being in Ireland.

Walk, walk, walk and we still hadn’t got there yet!

Finally! Got to the city centre. We went into a bunch of charity shops and took a lot of pictures of the Piggies… Something similar to the Fabergé Eggs and all those sheep in London. >_<"" Were we going to find them all? Maybe…
Went into more shops, and caught Mr Games trying to take a picture of me being extremely tired… I caught you Mr Games! So I gave him a big smile before he tried to take the pic… True tired self hidden! Car rides really make me tired since my trip to Hong Kong… :p

Entered further into Gloucester…

We explored the Cathedral…

And found more piggies…

This is not a piggie! What the heck is it?!!

Finally! Just finally we got to sit down and eat at a Wetherspoons? I didn’t even know the others had already found this place… Used the Wetherspoons app to get the food (don’t worry, the others paid me back…) My burger awaits! Scoff all of it down.

Then it was dessert time… Mr Games and Mr Sensible had this…

Miss Money and I shared this, but Miss Money took so long to go to the loo and back… so I ate some of it… :p

Time to head back…

More piggies!!!

Shopped at ASDA before we reached back to the hotel… And there was a beautiful sunset behind us… 

It was a frigging long day! But I guess it’s always like that on the first day of a trip. I think we all did around 21,000 steps each according to their pedometers. Hahahahahah!! 
Miss Money and I ended up in the boys room, chillaxing, instagramming, surfing the web, drinking and chatting a lot of nonsense… Heheheh.

End of Day 1.