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May 10, 2016 - on the buses, Olive!

We jumped up and grabbed our packs for the 2k walk to catch our 9:30am bus to Bath. After watching folks come and go on other buses we were getting slightly nervous until a guy came over to say our bus was about 30 minutes late. An hour later we were on our way winding through the countryside which was very green and lush. We noted in the villages and towns we passed most of the exteriors are quite stark and similar as there seems to be no effort to spruce up or personalize their homes. They may be quite nice inside but nobody seems to...

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Oct 4, 2015 - From Ancient Rome to Modern London

Today was our last day in Bath. We sadly hauled our 400-pound suitcases and shopping bags down the three flights of incredibly steep stairs to the front desk, where the owner said "Oh, we would have brought those down for you!" At least I hauled mine down. As I was struggling out the door of our room, I heard a bright cheery voice say "Let me get that for you" and a nice young man took Barbara's suitcase all the way down, totally ignoring the other MUCH OLDER woman behind her with a big heavy suitcase. I haven't let her forget it all...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Stone CIrcles and Sleepy Villages

We were quite busy today; on a tour of several of the stone circles; Stonehenge, Avebury, as well as looping through some lovely Cotswold villages. It was rather nice to be ferried about by someone else for a change, and the villages and circles are hard to reach without a car. The villages were truly charming, except that it turns out that the reason that they are such a snapshot into the past is that they all experienced extreme financial collapse after the market for English wool evaporated about 1800 or so. Businesses collapsed,...

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Oct 2, 2015 - A Long Pleasant Bath

Well, I had just finished typing a long story about our jam-packed day, and the computer connection failed just as I was pressing the save button. I know Jane Austen would painstakingly reconstruct each word, but...no. We went on a fabulous two-hour walking tour with an adorable older lady (yes, I do see the irony in my calling someone and "older lady"). A majority of this tour was uphill since Bath is hilly like San Francisco. The guide was joking that these hills really took it out of her, but she seemed to be striding right along. Then,...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Blenheim; and you thought it was expensive to keep up the yard at your place

Wow. I am having a serious case of garden and castle envy. We spent much of the day at Blenheim, the estate of the Churchill-Spencer's, or the Duke of Marlborough and family. John Churchill, gifted general in the time of Queen Anne began the building here and the grounds were designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. (Not sure why anyone would choose the name "Capability" as it doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but then neither does Lancelot.) But I digress. I am in awe of someone who can plan a landscape based on how it will look in 150...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Bath, Stonehenge and an English Pub

Day 5: August 14th - Bath & Stonehenge & an English Pub Welcome to Jan, one of our fellow travel-companions, who is joining the blog! Jan, if anything I write is erroneous or out of order, please forgive and tell me (privately) and I will correct it. Hope you enjoy and it helps you to remember what fun we are having long after we are back home. We took off on the bus in rain this morning. “Keep fingers crossed and touch wood, it lets up,” Anita said. We drove through the countryside with tidbits of information like what are wheely bins,...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Beautiful Bath, England

I met up with John in Bath to visit the beautiful town where he began his Phd. course. Having lived in Bath for a year during his Masters studies a few years earlier, I was given the insider's tour of quaint alleys, specialty shops, parks and sights. I would have chosen to live in the same sort of attic flat with eaves and windows overlooking the streets below. It was a beautiful starting point to catch up and do some pre-travel shopping. Did I mention the ciders? I savored a few! Delicious...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Bath - Day 16

Our host at Lorne House, Box requested an early breakfast which we met at 0745 hrs. We had completed all morning routine by 0900hrs and drove direct to Bath with only one navigation error. Thankfully, our host had briefed us on parking and we had no difficulty finding a spot when we finally used GeePS correctly. Having parked the car we wandered in the direction of the city centre, purchasing Deep Heat on the way for my aching shoulder muscles. Our first point of call was Bath Abbey which we toured while planning the day's itinerary. The...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Bath - Day 15

The day started with our best English breakfast to date in our hotel - not that we ate it all - but quite a bit. Our 0900hhrs departure had us driving to Stanton, a nearby picturesque village. It certainly lived up to it's reputation and having driven the long Main Street, we moved next to Stow on the Wold, a larger more regional shopping town. Attractive as a Cotwold village but one step behind Stanton. It was necessary to seek directions to Sudeley Castle in Stow which we were given by a group of helpful ladies. We set off for Winchcombe...

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May 8, 2015 - Bath #2

Tuesday: Another day in Bath. Today we made use of the tickets we had bought on Sunday and visited firstly the Roman Baths. The classic images of the open air Great Bath with its greenish water surrounded by 19th century pillars, terraces and statues of famous Romans turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. The excavations extend underground in all directions and a very well documented museum with audioguide takes you through. Models of the complex give an idea of the extent of it and the awe it must have inspired. There are all the...

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May 6, 2015 - Bath

Saturday: All packed up and ready to leave Padstow after breakfast. The day was even more blustery than yesterday and, as our car was parked down at the harbour, we asked for help with our cases. As no one else was available, the manager of the Café very kindly left his post and walked with us to the car lugging our cases all the way. It would have been nice to see more of the Cornwall and Devon coast but it was not the day for it. We did take a detour in to Tintagel to see the Castle, reputedly the home of King Arthur and the Knights of...

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May 1, 2015 - London-Heathrow to Bath

I find London Heathrow quite efficient for such a busy airport, well, terminal 4, where most flights originating from Aus & NZ arrive. Disembarked, through customs, collect our baggage and alls well by 7.30am. We now wait around for the arrival of our two tour coaches for 90 plus people departing at 8.30am. This is a reunion for most of us, as the two drivers are Mike and Andy, our drivers from the 2012 choir tour. Great guys! So on time the coaches head off on the M4 and A46 to Bath for a two hour stopover. Bath, of course, was set up by...

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