Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stonehenge, Bath and Cardiff

Can you believe we did both in one day? We couldn't imagine how, let alone end up in a Cardiff hotel to stay overnight, but we did. The traffic on what I think was the M25 and then M3 was dreadful, but clearly the stop start traffic was in built into the tour schedule.


This was an extra tour, but I think the same price as the normal entry fee to see Stonehenge.


After a bit of a wait a courtesy bus took us for the decent distance walk to the rocks.


They were quite impressive.


Our tour guide had explained beforehand on the coach about the how, why and where the stones came from and how they were moved. We also read some of the displays at the visitor centre. I can remember how timber paths were constructed but little else.



I didn't feel any sense of mysticism or any other emotion. They are historically interesting.


Next stop Bath. We had not paid for the tour of the baths themselves. I have seen many photos and read much about them.








We had a nice lunch here. We found a Boots for more medication but after walking for quite some distance and not feeling well to a post office to post a birthday card, the post office had moved. Forget it. 



Kings-Mead Square was a nice little place to sit and rest. 


Bath Abbey.


We were back at the designated coach pick up spot well on time. This was quite interesting and what a stunning building is the University of Bath. Of course we learnt were told many interesting things about the building.


It was a long drive on to Cardiff where we stayed for the night. I guess this is our hotel. I am not sure why we went to Cardiff but maybe it will become clear when I post the next day when we travel on to Beatles territory, Liverpool via Stratford. Ferry, Cross the Mersey......sorry.



Dinner was included. The room was quite swanky but we were terribly weary and I have little memory of the hotel or much else.



20 comments:

  1. That was a drive and a half with the traffic you would have encountered. I love Bath and with the University not back yet maybe it wasn't as busy as usual. Every time I go I still have to visit the Roman Baths. I am fascinated by their way of life 2000 years ago.

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    1. Maire, ah, so no students sitting on the grass at the Uni. We could do what we did, but I do kind of wish we saw the baths. Isn't 2000 years ago just mind blowing.

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  2. The road past Stonehenge is awful during the summer. In fact all the roads around there are. We drove down from the North where we live to Dorset last year and it took ages.

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    1. Tasker, it was summer, like August when we were there and yes the traffic was hideous, but no worse than traffic at home.

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  3. I am not surprised you were weary. Even without you both feeling unwell and the failed trip to the post office that sounds and looks like a day and a half. My smaller portion has extended family in Bath, and found the city fascinating.

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    1. PS: Did you notice whether the locals pronounced it Bath or Barth? I have seen some arguments about it (and would be in the Barth camp).

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    2. EC, Bath is very nice and very walkable, never mind the history and the buildings. I go for Barth and it is all I know but I noted some of R's family in Newcastle will go for ath pronunciation for some words.

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  4. Stonehenge looks to be very accessible now, when we went there 30 years ago it was surrounded by ropes with small information boards. The historic architecture of Bath is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Cheryl, 30 years ago you didn't have digital cameras with zoom. It was much the same as you describe. The days of when you could graffiti the stones as you wandered among them have long passed. I agree, Bath is beautiful.

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  5. I recall being in Istanbul, Turkey when I had the flu, a 101.00 F temperature, and could hardly move. I waved everyone also to walk on leave me to rest in the room. They did. I ordered Ginger Ale and Saltine Crackers from room service and prayed for death.
    So trust me when I say, I can relate to your feelings of illness while on your vacation.

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    1. Lordy Maribeth. How awful. Only once have I been so unwell to be confined to bed and that was from a foreign flu picked up fortunately just before we came home.

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  6. Traffic in the UK is atrocious. Here we hardly ever see other cars, other than at the supermarket car park!

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    1. Cro, traffic here is awful too. We try to avoid it by using public transport. Do neighbours peer out from windows and remark, there goes the Cro Royce?

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  7. Bath must have been fantastic in its era. Of course only for the very rich and the very educated.

    The architecture still takes my breath away.

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    1. Hels, we always have to remember that when we talk about such great things as Bath and many other things, we are talking about rich people and what they did.

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  8. I thought Cardiff was in Wales. Did you go to Wales? Or does England have its own Cardiff? I love all those beautiful ancient buildings.

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    1. River, yes the Cardiff in Wales. I don't think we saw anything there and I think it was just a tick off of visiting every UK country, ie, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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  9. I think I would have enjoyed visiting Stonehenge and Bath.
    Nice photos Andrew.

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    1. Thanks Sami. I think you would have loved Bath.

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  10. Stonehenge is fascinating and Bath is a pretty city. Were you still feeling a bit off or had you recovered. I can't imagine a long bus trip would be much fun if not feeling well ✨

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