Heading from Chester-Bath-London!
14.04.2011 - 09.04.2011
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Well, we`re a bit behind the blogging schedule unfortunately....Its a hard job touring around the English countryside, walking up hill and down dale then collapsing at the end of a long day- buggered and hitting the sack pretty early. Then the day starts again...
So to summarize the last few days and get us up to date...I`ll dot points our movements!
We left Viv and Anns place on Thurs morning- then headed off southish,westish (Cheshire and beyond!)...but wherever we were it was brilliant green English countyside. I drove ( thats Moy here!) while Lisa navigated the trusty google map directions- expertly we got ourselves successfully down to Bath .
What a stunning place Bath is... quite different to Chester with its magnificent Georgian architecture and absolute postcard perfect landscape everywhere.
We couldn`t check into our B and B until later so while Lisa, Clare and Robyn wandered around on foot to see the Royal crescent etc Mahony and I ducked into to see the Jane Austin museum.
About 5 pm we finally checked into our beautiful BandB called` Friary Wood` about 10mins out of Bath- 150 yr old home loveingly restored by a nice couple- John and Deb. We had an attic appt overlooking typical English wood complete with pool and masses daffodils and bluebells everywhere- We still have to pinch ourselves at the beauty of this place!
There is one small issue that the 5 of us seem to have...and that is our luggage is really maxxed out...and we have to lug all these heavy suitcases up flights of stairs...including here we had an extrememly tight fit staircase up into the attic! Ugh..we need to watch our backs!
John suggested a meal at a local country pub and arranged a taxi for us...so we were picked up and driven to a 700 year old pub called the George Inn- in a place called Norton St Phillip- this pub has remained largely untouched and is still decked out with original fittings-
very picturesque and was used in `The remains of the day` with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins ( correct me here Ken!)
This pub was the site of the Monomouth Rebellion in 1610 - Britains last civil war!-
Day 7- Friday
awoke to misty country morning...Friary Wood has squirrels,pheasants, black faced sheep and birds of all kinds- abundant on their grounds.
Our day was already booked up with
1- Full morning tour in the Roman Baths- incredible interactive display around the baths( wonderful audio commentary by Bill Bryson too!)
2- magnificent3 course lunch in the Pump Room above the Baths
3- late afternoon session in the Thermal Spa!!!
What could be better than that eh?
Needless to say...it was fantastic and we ended the day exhausted but exhilerated at the same time!
We learnt lots that day....but interestingly that the bathing process of the ancient romans was quite involved and after oiling themselves, they`d have steam baths( multiple) then have their skin scraped to assist in cleaning before plunging themselves into the warm springs- Well, these scrapings of dead skin, sweat,stray hairs and copious other bodily fluids were collected and if the bather happened to be a celebrated gladitators- were made into a face mask for the lucky woman (usually) who collected it!!!!
Day 8- Saturday
Off to London via....Salisbury plains and Westbury first where we say one of the famous White Horse carved into the chalk hills- 1000s of years ago by the Saxons- Quite an impressive site¬!
Lacock was our next stop ...its a veritable visit back in time going to this village...its where they film many period pieces here. `Pride and Prejudice`, Emma, The Cransfords,
The Abbey there is beautiful and was used in a few of the Harry Potter films....looking like Hogwarts- particularly in some of the darkenend rooms!
After Lacock and pub at the Red Lion- we moved onto Avebury- another amazing place where the famous Stone Circle surrounds the town.
The stones date back to the Bronze age 4-5000 years ago
Stonehenge was our last stop before London- Incredible and very well organized tourism there! It was verging on late afternoon and what an imposing site it is on the horizon as you come upon it on the landscape.
2 hours later we finally got into London thanks to Lisas navigation¬!And what a huuuuge place it is!
more soon!! ( cheers Moy x)