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A very brief stopover in the UK en route back to France from Poland included a day in Cheltenham, a beautiful spa town (the spas opened in 1716) on the edge of the Cotswold region of south-west England. This town contains many fine examples of 19th century Regency architecture and is reckoned to be the most complete Regency town in Britain. The photo shows how well the town has been preserved, and is almost deserted at the end of a rainy day in June. The shot was taken outside the entrance to the Montpellier Arcade, which opened in 1831 with 16 shops selling only luxury goods, looking past the last of the famous armless angels or 'caryatids' (styled on the classical ones of the Acropolis) that support the cornices of the shops of Montpellier Walk. The Walk itself is to the left of the scene, reached by going around the closest caryatid and turning left through an archway.

I have used a gradient fill for the white sky here, and removed wide angle lens distortion before cropping.

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