Hello dear Sparkfriends,
I am in England (near Oxford) this week for some meetings for work. Until now, I have been stuck inside all day, which was a shame as the countryside is so beautiful around here! This is what I could see through the windows...
Today afternoon, whilst most of my colleagues went to Oxford for a visit of the city (which I visited many times when I lived in England), I decided to stay at the hotel and go for a walk in the area. I wasn't disappointed!
I walked through the gates...
... and here is the view that greeted me!
It wasn't a very long walk (2.5 miles), but I enjoyed it very much. I hope you will too!
It was foggy and became increasingly so during my hike, even though it was about 2pm! I had thought fog could only fall on the evening. Well, it isn't true for the English fog at least! :)
You know how much I enjoy walking by rivers and streams. So it was lovely to see the first part of the walk was by a small river!
The man at the hotel's reception had warned me it would probably get quite muddy. He was right, that part was muddy... but so much more pleasant than the tarmac!
Then I was back on the road and getting close to the hotel...
It was good timing as the fog was becoming heavier!
Oh I am sure you had guessed it... The hotel is a castle!!! It was built between 1705 and 1710 and it is a listed building (i.e. protected). As you can see despite the fog, it is gorgeous.
Like my 100 or so colleagues, I am staying in the 'simpler' part of the hotel, probably where the maids used to stay! But I still like the view from my room: with the well it feels like a little village square!
I am feeling so much better tonight thanks to this good walk. My back is better (I really needed to move to balance all this seating!), and something that had bothered me since yesterday seems much less important now!
I hope you are all having a lovely week... The weekend is almost here, but I'll have more meetings tomorrow. On Sunday, I'll spend the day in London before heading back to Paris on Monday. Many thanks for reading! Have a beautiful weekend!!!