Splish, Splash! I was takin' in Bath!

Trip Start May 27, 2007
Trip End Jun 24, 2007

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

 The alarm clock rang early this morning. I shot out of bed and out the door in order to stop and buy some lunch for our long bus trip to Stonehenge and Bath.
I spent most of the ride to Stonehenge writing my paper, but the countryside outside the window was beautiful! The most amazing thing was the fields of wild poppies that spread out across the green landscape.
Pile of Rocks or Sacred Solstice Stones?
It took about 2 hours to get to Stonehenge, and although our guide warned us that many people find it to be disappointing because of the size, I was in awe! I thought it was magnificent and the fact that it is over 4,500 years old is just mind-boggling. So much mystery surrounds it and makes the visit almost magical. To see such an iconic and sacred place was a real joy. I was sad though that the space around the stones was cordoned off. I always thought that visitors could go right up to it and touch it, but it was not the case. In the distance, there were ancient burial mounds, baby sheep, and poppy fields...so wonderful! And, most surprisingly of all, there was not a Starbucks in sight!
Bath was the bomb.
We got back on the coach and headed toward Bath to see the Ancient Roman Baths and ruins. The city of Bath was very impressive and the view of the city as we drove in was quite a spectacle. Jane Austen once lived in Bath and wrote two of her novels here. Our guide said, jokingly, that anywhere Jane Austen glanced a museum sprang up. Anyway, a museum honoring her exists in Bath. The area surrounding the Roman Baths was full of coffee shops, little stores, and spas. Lost of "bath & body" shops and even my favorite bath bomb shop, LUSH, was on the strip.
We had an audio tour of the Roman Baths and it was an amazing site to behold. There were so many artifacts that had been recovered and on display that were very interesting. The water is supposedly quite warm, though we were instructed not to touch it. By the time I toured this, I was quite tired. Erin and I went to Costa and had an iced latte and waited for the others. I am trying to save up my energy for the big trip to Dublin tomorrow!

Won't be bringing my computer, so I will not be blogging for a couple days. Thanks for all of your well-wishes! ~C

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