Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 3- Bath and Stonehenge

This was another long day, but at least there were moments of train/bus rides to relax instead of walking 100% of the time.

We took the 830am train to Bath, which conveniently left from Paddington Station, getting into Bath around 10ish am.  First thing on the to-do list was go see the Roman Baths.  While this was my 4th time seeing them, it was Devin's first so it's always fun going to see something with someone who has never seen it before- it's almost like it's the first time your seeing it to!

Trying the Spa Water

We were walking along, and in the East Baths area, a lady that worked there, just came up to us as we were looking at one of the baths and starting talking to us about it and the history- for like 10-15 min or so, it was pretty interesting!   We talked to another employee about the main bath, and she shared the info that fracking might endanger the baths in the near future.   Also pretty interesting.

We didn't have to meet our bus to Stonehenge until , so from the Baths we wandered over the Bath Abbey, which is absolutely gorgeous!  There was a little choir practicing while we were there, and they sounded amazing- not sure if they were just really good, or if it had to do with the how the abbey was laid out (acoustics? I'm not a music person...) or a combination or what, but it was pretty pretty.

After that it was off to lunch at this little restaurant that was on the square where the Baths and the Abbey were located- where I had a chicken salad sandwich, and got the best surprise- real, crispy, delicious bacon!  The bacon was gone in about 5 seconds.  The rest of the food was good also :)

We finally caught our tour bus to Stonehenge, takes about an hour or so to get there.  Lucky us- while it was fairly cold, it did not snow or rain while we were there!  Once again, this was my 3rd time visiting, but still really cool!  How can you think ancient mysterious stones aren't cool?!   We ended up in the souvenir store, of course, but when we got off the bus there was apparently a bag mix up which we didn't realize until we got back to my room- some women got Devin's souvenirs and he got some sheep-themed things- it was pretty funny.

All in all, a good day!

Day 2- the long day Friday March 22, 2013

So I'm a horrible blogger, I know.... it's been almost 2 months and I'm just now getting to the 2nd day of a week.

Day 2
Today was our long day (in London at least).

We started off eating breakfast at Garfunkels- I think I was more excited than he have delicious eggs instead of what is served at LPH, I didn't want to subject him to that!  And even though it's just down the street, it's always nice to have someone to eat breakfast with rather than just by yourself. In a restaurant, there's always people at LPH)

From there it was off to Buckingham Palace- just to see it, as it's only open to visitors in the summer for a month or so.  We got lucky while there because there weren't very many tourists so there ere some good shots of the Palace.  We also got to see the Horse Guards returning from practicing for the Trooping of the Colors, which goes on in June, there were probably 1-200 guards on horses coming down the road- it was pretty cool!

 From there, we walked straight down to Westminster Abbey, stopping at 10 Downing Street to take a picture along the way.  Also- Devin had to stop and get a picture with a phone booth- as everyone does when visiting London for the first time!  It was a nice walk, cold and windy, but no rain!

I haven't been to Westminster in almost 5 years, so it was pretty cool to see it again!  And it is still as magnificent as always!  The tombs of Elizabeth 1 and Queen Mary 1, Poets' Corner- Burials include: Robert Browning, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, George Frideric Handel, Alfred Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling.  and memorials include: John Milton, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Burns, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot,  Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, and Shakespeare.  Something I didn't know before I went to the Westminster website to make sure of the names- Laurence Olivier is buried there!  I may have to go back and find it, although I'm sure I've seen it- i just never paid attention to it.... sadly.

 By then it was lunch time (Westminster can take a while to go through!)  Out stop for lunch was a pub called The Red Lion that Devin had read about in a guide book.  It was tiny, and only like 2 blocks from Westminster but delicious!  Devin had the fish and chips he'd been craving, and I had Sausage and Mashed Potatoes.  A lot of British food may suck- but they do comfort food just fine!  I believe he ate his food in literally 5 minutes, maybe more, but definitely less than 10 minutes- apparently it was good.

From there we hopped on the tube to go to my favorite attraction in London, if not the whole world- The Tower of London!  I got to play tour guide here, for the most part- I don't know everything...   We spent a good 2-3 hours there and left as they were starting to throw out the de-icing stuff which seemed like a good point to leave.

We ate dinner at LPH that night, (gourmet, I know...) not the best meal to show a guest, but not the worst I've had here either- I think it was lamb meatballs, among other things (I did not have the lamb).  And afterwards we went out to the Victoria pub with some of my friends from here for a couple of hours.  It was fun and everyone liked each others so that is always a plus!

End of day 2.