Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath & a Village

The second day in jolly good England we spent going on a bus tour. We found it was the easiest way to see everything we wanted to see and spending very little amount of money. Also, in Canada we drive on the opposite side of the road and vehicle then they do in England so it would be quite difficult to drive ourselves.

We were suppose to meet at the Victoria Coach Station and Erika and I had arrived where we thought it was with enough time. However, we soon found out that we were in fact in the wrong spot so we went running in the opposite direction to find the coach station. We made it just in time to get on the bus and join the rest of the group. Granted we were out of breath and really hot when we got on the bus but we didn’t care at that point as we got to the bus. I don’t know what we would have done if we had missed the bus.

Anyway, our first stop was to Windsor Castle, which I was beyond excited to see. I am a huge Royalist and I love the Queen. So I was very excited to be going to one of her homes and even happier to find out she was actually in residence when we got there.

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I found the castle to be absolutely amazing and I loved the history and the beautiful staterooms we walked through. One of the coolest parts was Queen Mary’s Doll room that had built replicas of rooms in the palace. I can’t even imagine the amount of hours it took to build it.

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Further along our trip we went to the Roman city of Bath. Unfortunately the line to get into see the baths was way too long and we only had a certain amount of time in the city. So Erika and I spent most of the day walking around the city.

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I loved the architecture here as it is so different compared to the architecture in the city of London. I thought it was just really cool how in a country so small, the architecture in other cities would be so different.

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Walking around the city streets was really cool. It was nice to just get the feel of the city and see the stores and the buildings and the streets rather than walking around inside of a museum or cathedral, which yes are really cool but sometimes you have to switch things up.

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After a quick stop in Bath we drove to a small medieval village called Lacock. As a Harry Potter fan, this little village was too perfect for me. We drove straight past the house the filmmakers used for Professor Slughorn and I was able to look into the property they used for the outside of the Potter home in Godric’s Hollow.

We ate here at one of the oldest pub in Lacock built in 1361. It was really cool and the food was amazing. After we ate we were able to walk around the little town, albeit it only has four streets so it was quite quick to walk around. But the little village houses and the small streets were too perfect.

After our lunch we drove to our final stop at Stonehenge. Who knew a bunch of rocks in the ground could become so popular. However, one of the things that amazes me about Stonehenge is how no one really knows with complete certainty why the rocks are there and how the people even moved the rocks to the position that they are in. I never realized how big the rocks truly were and am still in shock of how big they are.

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In the end we had a very awesome day and were completely exhausted when we got back to the hotel. After those two days in England, we took off on the train to join our Contiki crew in Edinburgh. More on that later.

 

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