This past week in London, I got to live like the locals thanks to my expat friends. And that included escaping the city for some sunshine and country air in the Cotswolds. We spent a night in the village of Painswick, and indulged in leisurely lunches, visited castles and practiced driving on the “wrong” side of the road. There are a ton of little towns and great hotels — an ideal way to spend a day or two if you’re looking to explore England beyond it’s biggest city. Here are just a few highlights from my trip.