Road Trip West of London

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 Passby Manjula
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
01225 477785
9 am – 9 pm
14 pounds
 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
1:15 Wells
Wells Cathedral: Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
01749 674483
Must see: The Jesse Window
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens: Market Place, Market Place Hotel, Wells BA5 2PD
01749 988111
Free
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
07728 047233
great espresso
Goodfellows: 5-5B Sadler St, City Centre, Wells BA5 2RR
01749 673866
Fish-centric, Modern Mediterranean dishes made from local produce
BEAH: Union St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PU
01749 678111
Mediterranean restaurant
2:30 Leave for Old Sarum
Travel time: 1 hour 15 mins, 40 miles
4:00 Old Sarum Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SD
10am-5pm
4.50 pounds
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
9am-8pm
14.50 pounds
*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
 11:30 Home ❤

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.

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DSC05581Bath, Avon

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..

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Wubys at the Pulteney Bridge

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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

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Wubys at the Roman Bath

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I have awesome selfie aim 😉 A wedding had just finished when we arrived at the Roman Baths. Behind me is the bride.

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The Baths, Temple, and Spring; 4th century AD

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These were 2 separate fotos and I photoshopped us together. I am getting better at this 😉
This is a theatrical mask sculpture in local Bath stone.

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“The sacrificial altar was the focus for public worship where priests conducted ceremonies and animal sacrifices.” This was found in 1965.

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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.”

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Head of Sulis Minerva

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“The Sacred Spring Overflow. Here surplus water from the Spring pours into a Roman drain and flows on to the river.”

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Warm Room Tepidarium

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Wubys at the Roman Bath


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Yep, we are cheesy. 😀

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Our crew (left-right) Me, Marco, Nicole, Manjula, Sil

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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.”

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Visitors can try the Spa Water. Husband drank 3 cups. Cray cray.

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We had originally planned to have lunch at the Pump Room, but it was only 11 am and we were all still full from the breakfast we had on the road.

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Outside the walls of the Roman Bath was the beautiful Abbey church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

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

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Wells, the smallest city in England with 12,000 inhabitants.

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Discovering Wells on foot.

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Everyone bought lunch at the Wells Market Place.

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Then we decided to sit on the grass and picnic right in front of the walls of the Bishop’s Palace.

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Our lunch view, how beautiful is this???
The walls of the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens.

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The swan posed for me for a few seconds, and when it realized that I had no food as payment it squawked at me 😀

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Wubys at Wells, Somerset.

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The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

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“Oh the places you’ll (we’ll ) go” – Dr. Seuss
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

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We then walked in search of the “Strangers with Coffee” shop which supposedly had the best espresso in  Wells.

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And they did have good espresso, as evidenced by my husband’s empty cup that was gone in 60 seconds. 

After that coffee break, it was time to walk back to the Wells Cathedral.

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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.

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Correction, the 4 women did not make the jump.
There must have been something special in Mr. Malupa’s espresso 😀
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Then Manjula had a smart idea that she’ll just click the camera instead of joining in the jump.

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Wubys at the Wells Cathedral
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The Wells Cathedral

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

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Running towards my wuby.
I had sooo many captions in my mind for this foto, but maybe we just leave it like this. Lol

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“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.”

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DSC05896 Give me wateeerrrr!!!! “Main source of water in the castle. The original depth of the well know shaft is unknown, but it may have been more than 70 meters, approximately 230 feet.”

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Old Sarum

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In the 12th century, you could only  go past this sign here if you were granted an audience by the King. I guess Mr. Malupa thinks he’s THAT special 😉

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The Royal Residence

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A couple of failed selfies

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Through the looking glass ❤

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“Get a room!” and we did!
Was originally one of the rooms before it was demolished in the 16th century.

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Where the 1st Salisbury Cathedral used to stand.

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“The nave of the cathedral was the only part that ordinary people were allowed to attend. The ceremonies involving only the clergy took place at the far end, closed off behind a screen.”

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I am at peace when I am with you, you are all I need.
Wubys at Old Sarum

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Marco wanted to roll on the grass, I wanted to take a foto.  Marriage is all about compromise, we both got what we wanted 😉

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.

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Kabayan!
The driver was Filipino, we took a picture with him, lol! Very  nice guy!

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.

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Stonehenge. One of the 7 wonders of the world ❤

I saw the Stonehenge in a foto a couple of years back. I remember telling myself, “someday.” Isn’t it amazing when your “someday” has become “the day”? It was for me.
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And what made it even more amazing was that I was seeing and experiencing it with my bestfriend ❤

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Wubys at the Stonehenge

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Team Natural Resource at the Stonehenge

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We had to run to the bus cause it was the last one for the day. If we didn’t make it we would have walked that lonnggg way back to the visitor’s center.

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We found a nice picnic spot and the group had some wine, cheese, and food. I, of course, ate the gluten free rice cereal I brought with me 😀

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“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

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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.”
Jeremiah 29:11

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.

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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. ❤

#TeamNaturalResource!

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About Ky Malupa

Housewife. Mother of 2 angels. Gluten free, dairy free, corn free baker and eater. SLE patient. Hair and Makeup Artist. Image Enhancement Instructor.
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