3 became 4 and then there was 5.
5 individuals stuck in a car for a total of more than 5 hours of driving. 4 women, 1 man, 3 different nationalities. I wondered more than once, how will this end?
You want to know how the day went?
“We had a bloody good time!”
We are in England after all.
2 weeks ago my husband came to me and told me that his friend from work, Manjula, was also in London and that he wants us to do a road trip with her. With me having a lot of time in my hands, I was the only one who had time to do the planning. Being the obedient housewife (*ahem), I got on the drawing board and the excel file was born.
|5:15||Meet at lobby|
|5:30||Leave Canary Wharf|
|Travel time: 3 hours, 158 miles|
|8:30||Pulteney Bridge||Bridge Street, Bath, Avon, BA2 4AT|
|-is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges|
|9:00||Roman Baths||Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ|
|9 am – 9 pm|
|Must see: Sacred Spring, Roman Temple, Roman Bath House, Finds from Roman Bath|
|11:00||Pump Room Restaurant for lunch||Open from noon til 2:30 pm|
|Visit Roman Baths gift shop|
|12:30||Leave for Wells|
|Travel time: 45 mins|
|Wells Cathedral: Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE|
|Must see: The Jesse Window|
|The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens: Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells BA5 2PD|
|St Cuthbert’s parish Church: St Cuthbert Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2AW|
|Resturants in Wells|
|Strangers with coffee: 31 St Cuthbert St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2AW|
|Goodfellows: 5-5B Sadler St, City Centre, Wells BA5 2RR|
|Fish-centric, Modern Mediterranean dishes made from local produce|
|BEAH: Union St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PU|
|2:30||Leave for Old Sarum|
|Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins, 40 miles|
|4:00||Old Sarum||Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SD|
|See: Iron Age Hillfort, The Royal Castle, Salisbury’s 1st Cathedral|
|5:00||Leave for Stonehenge|
|Travel time: 20 minutes, 9.4 miles|
|5:30||Stonehenge||Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE|
|0870 333 1181|
|*Last entry is 2 hours before advertised closing time|
|8:39||Sunset in Stonehenge|
|9:00||Drive back to Canary Wharf|
|Travel time: 3 hours|
Then a week ago, on our way out we saw our friend from Kuala Lumpur, Nicole, in the lobby of the hotel. She was also in the same city! How fab is that?! We invited her to come along. She said she had a friend visiting with her that weekend, we suggested why not bring her along if she’s up for a road trip.
So there it was, August 8, 2015, 5:30 am, we drove 158 miles west of London.
Our first stop was the Pulteney Bridge at Avon. We arrived there at 8:30 am. It is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful bridges, and it truly was beautiful. I can just imagine how it looks like at night..
From the bridge, it was a quick 5 minute walk to the Roman Baths. “It is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.” www.romanbaths.co.uk
“The Haruspex Stone. Deae Suli/L(ucius) Marcius Memor harusp(ex)/d(ono)d(edit). “For the goddess Sulis, Lucius Marcius Memor, Haruspex gave this gift.” After a sacrifice, the temple haruspex removed organs from the animal’s body. He studied these to predict the future.”
“Hypocaust of Heated Room. These pillars of tiles supported the floor of this room in the bath house. Hot smoky air was drawn from a fire in the stokehole that you can see beneath the glazed floor, and circulated around the pillars. It passed through hollow flue tiles built into the walls. The smoke from the charcoal fire escaped through a series of small vents in the roof.”
From Bath, we drove 45 minutes to Wells.
“Wells is a medieval city nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills with the mystic Somerset Levels stretching away to the south and west. The history of Wells goes right back to Roman times when we know that there was a settlement, probably because of the springs that bubble up here. Wells gets its name from these springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace.” http://www.wellssomerset.com
After that coffee break, it was time to walk back to the Wells Cathedral.
We thought it would be fun to take some jump shots, but with the camera being on timer and with 5 people trying to make the jump at the same time, it wasn’t much of a success, but we did have lots of fun trying.
After touring Wells, we headed for Old Sarum at Salisbury, Wiltshire, which was 40 miles away. “The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.” http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
“William the Conqueror inherited the Old Sarum from the last Saxon King of England. The great outer defences provided him with a ready made arena for mustering troops and it was here, in 1070, that he paid off his army after a long and bitter campaign in Northern England. It was here too, in August 1086, that he called together all the major land-owners in England so that they could swear allegiance to him.”
By 5:00 pm it was time to head to the Stonehenge. Entry ends 2 hours before their closing time of 8:00 pm.
“Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring ofstanding stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Agemonuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge
It was a good thing that we booked online because there was a long line to buy tickets. We got to redeem our tickets at the “pre-booked/members only” window which was wayyy shorter. After we got our tickets, we had to fall in line to get on the bus that would bring us to the Stonehenge.
Even at 6 pm the Stonehenge was crowded. From the bus stop, you had to walk a bit to get closer, and there was a rope tied all around it, the nearest you could be was about 10 meters away.
It was breathtaking.
And what made it even more amazing was that I was seeing and experiencing it with my bestfriend ❤
“Before the sun sets on the third day, you’ve got to get dear ol’ princey to fall in love with you. That is, he’s got to kiss you. Not just any kiss the kiss of true love.” -Ursula
Dream big. God hears your heart, sees your heart, and knows your heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you..plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
After our picnic with the chilly breeze and beautiful view as the sun set, we headed to the car for our 3 hour 5 minute drive back to London.
To make time go faster, Marco had a stroke of genius, play 20 questions. We did 2 rounds, and that was enough to get us all laughing and howling through the freeway.
We arrived back at the hotel at around 11:30 pm. We spent 18 hours with Nicole, Manjula and Sil, and by the time that car was parked and the engine turned off, we had all bonded at a whole new level. Guys, we will always have, 20 questions. ❤