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Barb & Zoe at Stonehenge

At Stonehenge

What's all the fuss about?

Our last morning in London was a wet one – after generally lucking in with the weather during our stay, a front had arrived with strong winds and rain. Not much better in the Cake Tin it seems – we watched the first part of the All Blacks game on Sky Sports, but had to miss the bulk of it. After breakfast and a final pack, we were ready for our car to the airport at 9.45am. We arrived at the Hertz rental car depot at 10.30am and were soon loaded into our car. Our internet search for accommodation last night had not been as fruitful as we had expected, with nothing available around Bath or Stratford, and so we had snapped up a good rate on a nice hotel in Cheltenham. This places us quite centrally for the few stops we have planned over the next few days.

Because we had plenty of time in hand, we decided to drive direct to Stonehenge before heading back North to Cheltenham. After 90 minutes we pulled into the car park at Stonehenge and walked across the road to the stones. The grey clouds threatened but held off, and we had plenty of time to admire the earthworks and stone structures (despite a very fresh wind). Once we had finished we grabbed an ice-cream each and headed back to the car.

The drive to Cheltenham took about 90 minutes, with a brief stop for a snack around 2.30pm. Our hotel turned out to be a very good choice. It is modern, reasonably spacious, well appointed, and very well located. We have a leisure centre across the road with a range of restaurants and a cinema, and the main shopping street is a block away (with both internet café and Laundromat). Once we had settled in, Ron and Barb went for a stroll to check out the area, while Zoë enjoyed a wide selection of TV channels. On their return we all relaxed for a while (and caught up on some ‘Dr Who’) before heading across the road for dinner.

We shared a chicken and sides at Nando’s, and then picked up some ‘afters’ – a McFlurry for Zoë and a coffee for Ron. We then retired for the night (in front of some English-speaking TV).

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