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A good friend asked me recently if I was escaping or running away - that had me thinking. Why would I leave my wonderful circle of family and friends, my social scene and photography courses, a perfectly brilliant business like Express Imaging, with its fabulous team of workmates, my lovely house and car, the beautiful Roath Park and City of Cardiff to pack one bag and fly to the other side ...
Here we are in Malmesbury, the "Queen of the hilltop towns" and reportedly the place of the oldest continuous settlement in England. King Athelstan died here in 709 and was buried in the Abbey, which is virtually next door to where we are staying in a home exchange organised by Trish and Ray.
It's an old house, over three levels and quite comfortable despite its plumbing issues.
We all love Malmesbury. The ...
... we went to Bristol, which I would say Bristol is to England, what Austin is to Texas. And by that, Bristol exudes that super artsy, up and coming, hippy vibe. It is most famous for Bansky, which is a street artist that I am fascinated by. I mentioned him earlier when I went to London but he was believed to have been born in Bristol and has a lot of famous works there. So we walked around town looking at all the Banksy's and shopped. More dreams came true that ...
... to the train station- who knew you could make bread with squid ink and I am a sucker for Saffron Cake!
Bristol also boasts a magnificent cathedral, which is open to the public and is set in a public park which on this sunshine-y day was filled with live music and spontaneous jugglers.The inside of the cathedral will take your breath away, the organ reaches high into the heavens and the mini graveyard is ...
... overboard) but then rolled herself a joint and went out into the garden to smoke it. Over the next hour or so she had at least one more that I was aware of, and got increasingly incoherent, latching onto one small part of someone's statement and launching into a rambling babble somehow related, but utterly overriding the existing conversation. Made it very difficult to enjoy the catch-up that I had been looking forward to.
At one point, in full ...
Other places to stay in Bristol
Redcliffe Hill, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $106
- Lovely City Centre Hotel
- Great city Hotel
- Great Deal
2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $140
- Good facilities but reception and lifts awful
- Clean, large, feather comforters!
- Great value
Cabot, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $136
- Complete waste of money/time and sleepless night!!!
- Nice hotel, great location and cheap
- Needs refurbishment
Filton Road, Bristol | 3 star hotelfrom $89
- Staff needs some training in P.R.!!
- A Fairly Good Place to rest up. But....
- Pleasant place to stay
Lawrence Hill, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $114
College Green , Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $167
- Celebration Meal 30 Years
- Not worth the price!!
- Great Hotel
Cabot, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $124
- Probably the worst hotel in Bristol
- Not grand at all
- Missing The One Percenters
Cabot, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $135
Woodlands Lane, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $101
- Dreadful Hotel
- Quite a good hotel - doesn't deserve all its bad press!
Lawrence Hill, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $127
- City Inn Bristol- Not the best
- Great place to stay!
New Road, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $95
Victoria Street, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $115
- Great bathroom!
- Perfectly OK business hotel
Bond Street South, Bristol | 3 star hotelfrom $109
Explore Lane, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $77
Lawrence Hill, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $108
Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $102
Welsh Back, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $108
- A lovely Experience
- Modern, Stylish and in a Great Location
- Stylish and comfortable
Aztec West, Bristol | 4 star hotelfrom $185
Avon Street, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $75
A38 Bridgewater Rd, Cowslip Green, Bristol | 3 star hotelfrom $118
The Haymarket, Bristol | Hotelfrom $105
Sion Hill, Bristol | 3 star hotelfrom $143
470 Bath Road, Bristol | 3 star hotelfrom $96
Welcome Break Services, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $78
St Paul's Rd, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $80
11 -15 St Paul's Road, Bristol | 2 star hotelfrom $85