Returning to old haunts- and some good new ones
Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
77Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Jacqui and Pete's
Our afternoon consisted of lazing in a spa. We hoped between pools and the sauna. getting the outside hot tub to ourselves as gentle rain fell. It didn't matter, we were wet anyway and the water was warm. It was the perfect spot to catch up on the last couple of years. After our spa, we met Pete and some friends of Jacqui's at a pub near Whiteladies' Road, where I was reaquainted with the joys of proper West Country cider. Delicious! And slightly heady stuff!
The next morning we went out for breakfast in Bedminster, then Jacqui dropped me at Gran-ma's
Mum and Dad headed back to Basingstoke, and I took Rick to meet Jacqui and Pete. The next day was spent showing him Bristol; we walked to Temple Meads, took a water taxi to the SS Great Britain, had a late lunch on the Waterfront, wandered down Park Street and past the Cathedral then quaffed expensive but delicious beers and ciders as we played pool at the Hotel du Vin. The next day Jacqui and Pete headed off to work, we bid Rosie goodbye and drove to Bath. I showed Rick the Crescent and the Circle in steady rain. We trudged to teh Roman Baths and the sun came through. I'm not sure that the history was really Rick's thing, though I loved it as much as ever. We tried the healing waters at the Pump Room (warm, metallic and unpleasant), then had delicious dal bhat at a Nepalese restaurant on Putney Bridge. A miander round the outside of the abbey and we set off, braving the one way system and arriving at Avebury. We explored the stone circle in a golden afternoon light; it was simple but beautiful. Then on through past long barrows, white horses and ancient manmade hills, to the villages of Hampshire, and home.