Roman baths and Stonehenge

Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Where I stayed
Clink Hostel, London
What I did

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

A very early and rough start at the Clink. Sharing a 12 person dorm and it is not the most comfortable but does the trick. Quick brekkie then off to the tube with the two Sarah's, Chris, Alex, Anna and Steve all from the top deck tour.

We withdrew 250GBP today and managed to spend more than that between us both by just going to bath. Here’s why:

  • Return tickets to Bath – 102GBP
  • Entry into Roman Bath Museum – 21GBP
  • Bus and entry into Stonehenge – 42GBP
  • Lunch and Dinner and a Coffee– 20GBP
  • Dorm room accommodation – 75 GBP  
Total = 260GBP

That’s $520 NZD!! Damn you England, hands off my money. That’s about what we spent during a whole week in Cambodia!

The day was well worth it though. Much better to travel with mates!

The first stop once getting to Bath (about an hour from London) was the "baths" (like no shit right?) These were built as sort of the worlds first health spa by the Romans 2000 odd years ago on top of a natural hot spring. 

Geothermal pools are not really a big deal to me, having spent a good whack of time in Rotorua back home, but to the Romans this was some seriously rare and crazy stuff as they thought that the steam from the ground was some sort of gift from the gods. On top, they built a massive public pool complex where people from across the empire would come to be healed and rejuvenated. I was very impressed by the museum that was around the baths, learned a lot about Roman life and found it all quite interesting

After enjoying some delicious Cornish pasties we then took the bus to Stonehenge. I don’t mean to sound like a dick, but it’s not that awe inspiring compared to other temples we have seen. Still though it is 5000 years old that means that when the Roman’s visited they were still ancient 3000 year old ruins. That’s pretty cool. We enjoyed an expensive nap on the grass while we were there too which was magical.

I found the audio guide to be quite good too, it explained how Stonehenge was used as sort of a calendar – the sun would rise at different points to signify the summer and winter solstice. Dirty Pagans, what kind of weirdos would celebrate "the birthday of the unconquered sun" every year in late December. Hmmm......

After heading back to Bath we headed to a local pub to enjoy some typical English bangers and to watch the football final between Chelsea and Liverpool. Such a day of English Cliche’s

On a personal note, Liz is starting to feel quite homesick at the moment. I think we need a day or two to recharge, clean our clothes before we head of to our final little adventure around Ireland and Spain (well that’s the plan anyway)
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