From Druids to Romans to George

Trip Start May 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 17, 2011

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Friday, May 20, 2011

After picking up a car on Pentonville Road, we headed off out of London and as our navigator battery struggled, it forced us to ask directions from people for the rest of the day. People were more than happy to write out long instructions and even adapt them to take us through gorgeous villages and farmlands.

It was a sunny spectacular day which took us to the plains of Salisbury and the ever remarkable Stonehenge ( which never fails to intrigue me. We argued over the existence still of the Druids and didnt come to any agreement. That is, until we saw King Arthur Pendragon, a heavily bearded bikie who sits in a chair decorated with the sun symbol in the surrounding fields. He says he is a Druid and the descendent of King Arthur and he seeks signatures for his petition to parliament to bring back the remains of all of his ancestors to re-bury in the fields surrounding Stonehenge. Noone moves him on. He has a place. I love that about here. Difference isn't so different afterall.

Onto Bath through Warminster and past many army tank training grounds with signs warning "Tanks Crossing"! Bath is a marvel of circular rows of Georgian terraces and demonstrates how town planners can comply with the architectural integrity of the place. ( Even the new shopping centres were constructed in the sandstone of the  area and the style of the era of construction.

The Roman Baths ( of course took all our day, such perfectly reconstructed history inside the museum with wall projections of the relived daily lives of the Romans of the time. I even drank the water from the pump room and threw coins into the waters of the circular cold room bath.

Driving back into London, without a navigator or map, well you can imagine but between Annie's reading of the tube map and Hernan's reading of the no-go zone map, we made it back to the car place and left the keys in the night safe.

Walking back from Russell Square tube station, we popped into Tesco to buy some sandwiches. Annie's right, the sangers here are great. The light at 10pm was still dusting the night skies and the silhouettes against the enormous plane trees adds a gentleness to the summer air.  
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John on

Yup, I liked Bath!

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