After rain overnight it was a rather cool morning as we waited for a No 10 bus to Cheltenham. A regular ten minute service. Got the front seat upstairs! The bus stop is opposite the Municipal Offices with its excellent flower beds- daisies and tulips in shades of pink and red

Cheltenhams answer to the Trevi fountain?

There was a small market and we were lucky enough to spot our favourite pie maker. We bought a beaver pie, a deer pie and a penguin pie. I will leave you to guess the contents but two tourists actually asked if the pie contained penguin! Brocklebys are located in the Vale of Belvoir and have a good sense of humour as well as good pies

Cheltenham is a very smart town with lovely (expensive) shops including John Lewis. We followed the Montpellier walking tour after visiting the excellent museum and learning of Edward Wilson, More of him later

Former Britain in Bloom winners

As we walked we could hear the jazz festival. We walked past The Queens where Jolanta and I had a couple of drinks many years ago

On to the College the chapel and main entrance

One of its pupils was Edward Wilson who took part in two Antarctic expeditions losing his life in 1912. He was the expedtion doctor and artist

His home

The former 1930s Daffodil cinema now another eating house

More beautiful terraces

The past the Ladies College where Miss Beale was headmistress. There is an amusing rhyme about her and Miss Buss head of North London Collegiate School. The photo is from Wikipaedia

Miss Buss and Miss Beale,
Cupid‘s darts do not feel.
How different from us,
Miss Beale and Miss Buss.

by G.H. Martyn & Sons, cabinet print

And just to get your bearings

And a query. How can the NHS justify the cost of such smart premises?

If you enjoy shopping and like archtecture and a rich cultural life then consider Cheltenham. We enjoyed our day out. The pies are in the freezer!


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