06.07.2014 - 07.07.2014 21 °C
It was a rainy bleak morning and we packed up to head out to Heathrow and grab our hire car. Ready for the next leg. London had been great, the city is lovely. The English are extremely friendly everywhere we go and as with all places we have felt very welcome. Holly is a champion at negotiating the underground but we are still not brave enough to do it dragging all of our luggage and Dylan as well.
We have upgraded our car to something a bit bigger as we will pick up some more stuff of Holly's when we get to Leeds. We have a lovely powder blue Citroen Picasso ...... It is brand new, very smart and roomy with lots of gadgets. Our plan is to head to Bath via Stonehenge today.
The country side is very beautiful, rolling green hills, very much like home as you are driving into Dorrigo from Armidale.
We got to Sailsbury in no time (with a brief stop to buy more delicious strawberries) then there was a long line of traffic to get into Stonehenge. The visitor centre here is very new and the complex was much bigger than we were expecting. The whole thing is very well done and has audio tour included. Lots of people but well managed and great information about the history of the place. I won't give you the history lesson as I am sure you know it already except to say that it seems there are still many more things unknown about this place than known facts. Amazing how they got stones of this size to the monument and put them in place. The monument itself is bigger and the stones are taller than I expected. The weather had fined up beautifully into a perfect day for photos.
On the subject of strawberries. Someone said to me that I should make sure I eat the strawberries while I am in Europe. Well they weren't wrong. Compared to our hard tasteless lumps these are divine, juicy, soft and sweet. All of the fruit we have eaten while away has been exceptionally yummy. Is it because I am on holiday? I have a theory that food tastes better when it is eaten outdoors and especially on holidays. What the hell are Aussie growers doing with our fruit to make it so tasteless in comparison most of the time?
We piled back into the car and got to Bath by about 330. We hadn't had lunch so that was our first priority. We came across a pub that was doing a roast dinner.....perfect. Hadn't had a baked dinner since we left home . Lots of veg, Yorkshire pudding , great price, caught the second last set of the men's Wimbledon final. What more could we want. We drove around Bath for a bit of a sticky beak knowing we didn't have much time and saw the hop on /off bus and just followed it around town in the car. Made up a bit of commentary (which was much more colourful than the one you get on the bus) along the way ....perfect and free. We will come back in the morning and do a walking tour. Off to our accommodation just out of town No dinner required, cup off tea and a bit of chilling time.
Bath is a beautiful Georgian city. First developed by the Romans in about 60 AD. The Romans used it for about 500 years then left and it was covered by silt from the flooding of the Avon river. Eventually it was rediscovered and then became very fashionable in the 18 th century as the place to be seen and pick up a prospective husband or wife. The old Roman baths were discovered accidentally when someone found a leak in the basement and then unearthed in an archeological dig!
We went on a walking tour which took about 2 hours around the inner city which was very interesting. It would be great to have a few days here there is so much to see. The city and gardens are very beautiful we really didn't have time to explore as much as I would have liked too.
From Bath we headed to Gloucester, this was a quick diversion so Dave could say he had been to the English version of his old town. We stopped for a quick tour of the cathedral which is very large and quite beautiful. By then it was getting late and we had a bit of a drive ahead of us to get to Wales.