Travel Flashback: Stonehenge & Bath

For awhile last year, I was posting a look back at past travels every Wednesday. Life got in the way and I stopped doing it, but I figured I’d start back up again. Today’s post is from my time in London in summer 2006. You can find the rest of my travel posts here.

I have a theory about places like Stonehenge and the Leaning Tower of Pisa – they are landmarks that everybody has heard of so, naturally, you have to visit them at least once. But as soon as you visit, you pretty much realize that it’s just a place you’ve seen tons of pictures of – there’s not much to do there, and once you’ve seen it, you know you never need to return. However, you cannot come to that realization until you actually experience the place, making that initial trip all but mandatory.

All of this is my roundabout way of saying that, while in London, I felt like I had to go see Stonehenge, and so go I did. Not having a car of my own (or the desire to rent a car), I found a tour company that offered a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. It sounded like a fun itinerary, and so I signed up.

Our bus stopped at Stonehenge first. It’s cool to see in person, and I’m sure for aficionados of ancient history it’s a thrill, but for me, it was basically a collection of rocks. Albeit, really, really famous rocks.

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From Stonehenge, we headed onto Bath, which I absolutely adored. In my opinion, an afternoon in Bath simply wasn’t enough – I think it would have been lovely to spend a weekend in town, and I wish I had done just that.

First up, I paid a visit to the old Roman baths. These were fun to explore – and who wouldn’t want a spa day in vibrant green waters?!

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I also spent a fair amount of time just wandering around Bath. As a flower aficionado, I loved Bath – there were flower pots everywhere! Plus, it’s just a beautiful, well-manicured city in general.

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Not pictured here? My visit to the Jane Austen Museum. While the museum collection itself wasn’t all that thrilling, as a devotee of her novels, visiting felt like a requirement. It was a fun and kitschy way to pass the time – not to mention an excellent way to acquire souvenirs with Colin Firth’s face plastered on them. I am not ashamed.

I wish I had had more time to explore both the museum and the town of Bath itself. With its beautiful flora and abundance of historical sites, I would recommend it as a lovely weekend getaway – and in fact, I hope to make a return weekend trip myself one day.

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