Forgive me for jumping in here. David's area is North of London and he knows that like the back of his hand. Mine is the Cotswolds, so maybe I can tell you a bit. Although my family is Cornish( and fiercely proud of it. You will find most Brits are proud of the place they are most familiar with), I know Gloucestershire very well having been brought up there from 8-18. The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty(AONB), one of the largest in the British Isles. I would say it stretches from Oxfordshire to Wales , Gloucestershire,Somerset,Worcestershire and Herefordshire are all part of it Its main claim to fame is the area including the Cotswold Hills. Cheltenham is in Gloucestershire and is well known for its beautiful Regency built sweep of houses and its rather gentile atmosphere, Bath in Somerset echoes this too. I would say the Cotswolds is loved for its gorgeous landscapes, its lovely villages (with incredibly quaint pubs)and its friendly people. I never tire of going back there and revisiting, or discovering new,towns and villages, churches and manor houses and the gardens are to be seen to be believed. If you look through the photos from July you will see a few examples from my recent trip. Also notable is the stone that is used in the villages and this butter coloured locally quarried stone is not seen elsewhere. Buildings using other stone in the towns are in many places, banned.
You would love it, everyone does. Ask 'Jane Marple' her favourite village and she will say Bourton on the Water, she visits it a lot.
I love Gloucester itself , the cathedral is to me outstanding in its glory. The ancient buildings are fascinating. My friend's family owns a hotel called the New Inn where Shakespearean companies came to perform his plays. Stratford on Avon is in Warwickshire and practically in the Cotswolds.
I am debating opening a new thread called My Home where people, not only Brits can describe their part of the world, with maybe a photo or two, after all this is the Photo Forum.
Yes I will. And No, David will not be upset at being called a Brit, that's what he is His nationality is English and he lives in Britain, no doubt when I open the new thread he will be one of the first to tell you about his home.
Thanks for your interest.
This is the best example of Fan tracery in the world: The cloisters in Gloucester Cathedral in Cotswold stone.