Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Stonehenge and Bath

Time for another trip across the UK!! ^_^

Miss Pinky was being a clever woman. She emailed me one morning with a Groupon offer for Stonehenge and Bath for £32.50 with Premier Tours! Yeah!! I've wanted to go to Stonehenge and also Bath for a very long time. Well done Miss Pinky for spotting this offer!! The original price was £65 but cut down to 50% with this offer. So lucky. ^_^

Miss Pinky and I met up at a bus stop and made our way to Victoria Coach Station. We got there too early - well at least we wouldn't be late. ;) So we sat and talked as if we haven't seen each other for a very long time... Just before it was 8 am, it was a bit chaotic as there were several tours going on at the same time. But anyway we managed to get onto the coach... In the email I was sent it said I did not need to print off my Groupon vouchers but I was asked for them for the tour guide... So definitely print those vouchers off...

Our tour guide was very good indeed who gave some very good history, unfortunately some of the travelers were talking too much, and I think it got on some people's nerves. Lots of London history I already knew about. Miss Pinky was also pointing out buildings that she works on. She was still in work mode on a weekend!!

Some people got some shut eye for a good hour. Unfortunately I can't sleep on coaches. 

Our first stop was Stonehenge! Woohoo (or not so woohoo). I have always wanted to go to Stonehenge, and our tour guide gave us some really good history about it. All I can say is that I think it was definitely used as a sundial for farming. What do you think?
Stonehenge Visitor's Centre - which is 2 miles away from the stones!!
If you get there early, then you will be lucky. Best thing is to queue up for the train or the little buses that go up from the visitor's centre as soon as you arrive. The train is slower than the bus by the way!! Unfortunately we were a few meters away from the site and we couldn't go and touch the stones. :( To be honest I was fairly disappointed at the site... I was thinking it will be grand. That was not so.
Slow train service

Stonehenge ^_^

From a different angle

Old rock

Stonehenge from a distance
So back to the visitor's centre via the slow train again. Miss Pinky and I were quite lucky as it started raining. 
We walked around the visitor's centre, and what do you know... we came across the alcohol section! We tried a bit of the wines. The one I like was the Ginger Wine. Woooow. It felt like a whisky going through me. Strong stuff, so I bought one. Might review it later!
The shop

Testing out the wines

Ginger wine tastes like whiskey
Just want to point out, Stonehenge has no cash machine, so bring some cash if you're not using your card.

Before the wine shopping we had looked into the display part.
Into the exhibition


Is this how they transported the stones?

They are so heavy!!

Building a wooden village
And then the canteen, which was very expensive!! So Miss Pinky and I headed back to the coach with 15 minutes to spare. We were very lucky as it started raining with hailstones. Phew!!

Back to the journey...

And now we were heading towards Bath City. I have always wanted to go to Bath City mainly just to visit the Ancient Roman Baths. (I can't believe this still exists!)... When we got to Bath, there was a small traffic jam along the way because of the floodings in the West Coast, we got to see Jane Austen's (the 1700-1800's English author) front door. ^_^ Did she despise Bath I wonder...?!
Jane Austen's Home... Number 4...
With this tour we were given a small discount to the Roman Baths, so if you haven't bought a ticket yet, then make sure you purchase one on the coach!! Now off we went into the Roman Baths...
We were in Bath City :D

Entrance to the Roman Baths
You would think it was going to be absolutely massive, but no, it's actually the size of a swimming pool. Not sure how deep it is, but looks pretty deep. Bath is the only city in England to have a hot spring. A rare find indeed! Well done to the Ancient Romans!
From the top

From the side

Ancient...

I want to go for a dive too!!
Miss Pinky and I were enthralled with the history that we spent almost an hour in there... I also touched the bath water. It was lukewarm!
Museum section

Getting closer to the baths

Lady dressed in Roman clothing

Glass floor
After a quick tour, we went off to find food. We looked around, and I did say to Miss Pinky to turn into a different street to find a pub. (She didn't listen to me, and kind of got upset on the way back that I blamed her for not listening as we had little time left after eating). Well, we ended up eating in Hong Kong Bistro Noodle Bar, which I will blog about separately from this post.
Hong Kong Bistro Noodle Bar
Next it was time to do more sightseeing. It was very short as we only had 3 hours in total to have a look around before we went back to London... We had ONE HOUR left! So we walked quite quickly. Take pictures, snap, snap and snap. :(
Streets of Bath

Radley XD

By the river... Apparently this was used in the film of Gladiator

Rugby match going on in the distance
And then we finally had about 15 minutes to spare. So went back to a sweet shop to buy more sweets and chocolate (it was our second time in this shop)...
The Bath Sweet Shop
Gosh it was a long journey, but very enjoyable indeed.

On the way back our tour guide was giving us more history for another 30 minutes or so, I think some of us were too tired to listen.

And now to say thank you Groupon and Premier Tours for this offer!! ^_^

Website: http://www.premiumtours.co.uk/
Website: http://www.groupon.co.uk/

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