Subject: Re: Cotswold & York?

In 1981 I spent a most enjoyable three months studying at my school's campus in England which was then located at Cliveden House near Maidenhead. We toured the Cotswolds a bit and I was as captivated by the countryside as generations before have been. If you have not been to Bibury, it is worth a trip. It has been called the loveliest village in all of England. It is less than a two hour drive from London.

Even closer is Cliveden which is about five miles from Windsor Castle. Cliveden was the manor home and estate of Waldorf and Nancy Astor (he the wealthy American, she the first woman in Parliament). It is owned by the National Trust and is now a luxury hotel run by a company owned by Bill Gates. However, the grounds are open to the public at certain times and defintely of interest if you happen to be in the area.

The gardens and the views from the parterre overlooking the Thames in particular are gorgeous. (Trivial aside - this is the house where in 1963 John Profumo, the British War Minister, was introduced to Christine Keeler who then began to have simultaneous affairs with him and a naval attache in the Russian Embassy. The Profumo affair and various cover ups related to it brought down the British government of Harold Macmillan).

Mark, Los Angeles