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BritRail Cotswolds

BritRail Cotswolds

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BritRail asked for my take on train travel in the U.K. This is what I had to say...
BritRail asked for my take on train travel in the U.K. This is what I had to say...

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6/13/11 4:49 PMA New Yorker’s Weekend in the English Country | ACP Rail BlogPage 1 of 3http://www.acprail.com/blog/2011/06/a-new-yorker’s-weekend-in-the-english-country/
«
Sweepstakes
ANewYorker’sWeekendintheEnglishCountry
ThequestforEngland’sbestcheese
ByMatthewWexlerIamaNewYorker,andbydefinition(asmuchasIhatetoadmitit),Iamoccasionallyafflictedwiththe“MeFirst,OutofMyWay”syndrome.Thisusuallyinvolveseye-rollingandragingheartpalpitations.TraintravelintheUnitedStatesprovokesthisbehaviorasIwhite-knucklemywayalongcenturies-oldtrackswhilefellowpassengersplayunmutedgamesontheirmobiledevices.ImaginemysurprisetodiscoverthatBritRailcouldtransportmetotheEnglishcountrysideandIwouldarrive
exactly
whentheschedulesaid.Ievenhadtimetostopandeattheflowers—sortof.WhenItoldmyfriendsthatIwasheading“acrossthepond”fora spontaneousholiday,everyoneassumedLondonwasmydestination,butnotso.IwasonthequestforEngland’sbestcheeseandthatmeantheadingtotheCotswolds.Afterashort,civilizedtrainridefromPaddingtonStationtoKinghamStation,ImetthefounderoftheBritishCheeseAwards,JulietHarbutt.WesampledavarietyofcheesesatDaleysfordOrganic(alongwitha handfulofwildchervilfromthesideoftheroad)andIknewIwasontherighttrack.TheCotswoldsisacheeselover’sdreamaswellasanidylliclocaletoexploreyourinnerfarmer.FromtheCotswoldCheeseCompanyinMoretoninMarshtoCheeseWorksinCheltenham—bothaccessiblebyBritRail—thebucolichillsides arelikesteppingintoaSargentpainting.IcouldhavespenttheentireweekendnappinginawheelofoozyReblochondeSavoie,butacookeryclasswithRobRees,theCotswoldChef ,andanedibleforagingexpeditionatThymeFoodSchoolkept mepoisedforthenextadventure.Withabitofextratimeonmyhands,ItookadvantageofmyBritRail4-daypassandtookanovernightjaunttoBristol.Thismaritimetownispackedwithcasualeats,greatshopping,andalaid-backsensibilitythatoffersthebestofabigcitywithoutthefrantichustle.Tobringmycheesequestfullcircle,IstumbledacrossTrethowan’sDairy,acharmingcheesestandnestledinSt.NicholasMarket.BeforeIknewit,itwastimetohopontheHeathrowExpressandheadbacktotheBigApple.Dreadingthatmystatesidetravelswouldn’tbenearlyasrelaxingandefficientasBritRail,IdidmanagetosneakawedgeofStinkingBishopintomyluggage,whichkeptmostoftheseatsaroundmevacantsoIcoulddreamofCotswoldcheeseandmytimeintheEnglishcountryside.

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