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December 4th 2008
Published: December 7th 2008
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This morning we got up early and headed out to Stonehenge, which was an ambition of mine to see, although i was a little disappointed that you cant walk through the stones anymore and can only admire them from a distance. Didnt quite have the same ambience that i think it would have had if i could have got closer to them, but they were still majestic and quite awe-inspiring to consider how long they had been standing like that and how on earth they got there. However we didnt stay that long contemplating them, as the wind was bitingly cold and my eyes were streaming from the freezing wind, so it was back into the nice warm car (after purchasing a rock cake and an english fruit mince pie, both much better than i had expected) and off to Bath.

On the way to Bath, we stopped to have a look over Longleat House, which was all very impressive. It was built by a self-made man a few hundred years ago and is still owned by the family, who also run an animal park on the property (not sure if anyone has seen the BBC series Animal Park, it is set there). Mum was salivating over the furniture and art, and it was definitely worth the stop.

Being a Jane Austen fan, Bath was one of the places that i was looking forward to the most. After a bit of a quick tour of the town centre we visited the Roman Baths, which were very impressive, and which Mum wanted to jump into at more than one stage, as it was still pretty cold. 😊 After that, you exit into the Pump Room, which is now tea rooms (and very high class ones at that). We didnt, however, sample the Bath waters as i dont think they are any more appetising than they were back in Jane's time. We then went out to the Fashion museum, which was very interesting, and is housed in the Assembly Rooms, also of particular interest to me.

After that, we had a stroll around the Christmas market, which was a little disappointing as there wasnt actually a whole lot of Christmas stuff in it, mostly just cheap jewellery and sweets etc. However the lights on the abbey and the trees and in all the streets was worth the walk alone as it all looked wonderful.

We then had a mission of a drive out to our B&B, Ranscombe Cottage, which was out in the countryside, up a single lane track and everything. However the room was very nice, it was lovely and quiet, and the owner cooked us an excellent breakfast in the morning, so we really can't complain at all. 😊


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