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May 25, 2017 - Day 6 - York - Medieval Walls & Castles

Today I left the beautiful city of Bath bright and early to start my journey north to York. The drive wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Out of the 4 hour drive only about 30 minutes of it was through small back town roads while the majority of it was highway. As I left super early I started feeling super tired and had to try and figure out where to stop and get something to wake me up. Apparently in England they have these stops called "Services." Basically its like a rest area stop but has gas stations, food, bathrooms, and a...

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May 24, 2017 - Day 5 - Bath - Water & Relaxation!

So I have big news for everyone - I moving to Bath!! Okay not really but, I could seriously see myself living in the town of Bath. The city is simply amazing with gorgeous landscapes, great people, towns of mini shops and places to eat, and history around every corner. The downtown part of Bath can be walked from one end to the other in 15 minutes. It's amazing that the builidngs in this city have been here since AD 60 when the Romans first occupied the city to later during the Georgian era from the 1700s. I started my day early at the...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Bath

Travels of today involved two "name that town" adventures. The first photo is included for the granddaughter with that name of a good friend of mine. In fact, she is just completing an arduous course of study in Chiropractic medicine, and will soon begin her year long practicum. Congrats Ashley. The second village is one that I doubt most of us would say we lived in if we lived there. From what I saw of the village it did not look bad, but what a name! Before I arrived in Bath, I decided on a spur-of-the-moment trip to a medium sized town...

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May 14, 2016 - New digs

Moving day today as we packed up and moved across town to the B&B we had rented with Lari and Gayle. Richard, our new landlord, told us of local highlights and we headed off to check out his suggestions. After a wander around our new area of Bath we met Lari and Gayle and headed out for a little sightseeing with them. They were troopers after their long flight and saw most of downtown before we headed home for a couple of drinks and a great supper. Donna was happily reunited with her camera from home and we spent the rest of our night...

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May 13, 2016 - Luckily, no boom!

A cloudy morning gave us a chance to put the blog together as we decided to have an easy day. Later a leisurely stroll along the canal should eventually bring us back to the River Avon - right? After an hours walk along the beautiful towpath as they call it from horse drawn barge days, there was no sign of the River Avon but it seemed we had stumbled upon a small village. The canal was lined with funky longboats and we passed estate homes on this pretty stretch of countryside. Further along we came to another village, Bathampton, with a...

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May 12, 2016 - Seeing city Bath and country Bath

We lingered over breakfast in the very cozy hostel lounge until we realized we would have to hustle to make the 11 am city tour. Luckily it is all downhill and we arrived just as Jean, our 75 year old tour guide, was starting. This very proper British lady was amazing with a sense of humour that had the group chuckling the next 90 minutes. She recounted the history of various sites of Bath adding her personal delightful touch to each location. Easily the best tour we have ever taken and a free service put on by the city of Bath. Just as an...

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May 11, 2016 - Locks and locomotives

It is supposed to be a day off today – some down time, relaxation, hanging about………NOT! After breakfast we decided to go for a bit of a walk down into town just to see what was happening. As we like to take a different road each time we go, we headed down a trail instead of sticking to the road. This particular trail emptied out at a small canal that has 20 locks for the “narrowboats” that travel along its path. When we arrived there were two narrowboats (about 40’ long and 10’ wide) at one of the locks so we stuck around and chatted with a...

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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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