We left hotel in Bath at about 8am and walked 5 min walk into town, nice walk along the river and saw some Lochs. Nothing open until 10am!!!! We walked around the little lanes and tried to find somewhere for breakfast, a local asked if we needed help as we had our map out- told her we were waiting for things to open and where really just getting our bearings. She suggested a few parks but we thought by the time we have breakfast, the Abbey may be open then we can hit the other areas. The lady actually came back to us to tell us that the Roman Baths actually open at 9am and best to go there early before all the tour groups arrive, by this stage it was now 8.30am. We found a restaurant and when we walked to counter we noticed on the other side of restaurant an outdoor eating area so we went outside and sat down, right in front of the Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths (we couldn’t believe our luck). We finished breakfast and went to stand at door to wait for them to open as some groups were arriving. As we got
to the door it opened so straight in, audio guide in hand and then spent two hours learning about the baths. We then went to the Abbey, and had a bailey’s hot chocolate and coffee in the oldest house in Bath at Sally Lunn house. Walked back to hotel picked up car and drove the Bath circus and the monument (only open on weekends - typical).
Headed for the Cotswalds, drove through some pretty towns but for some reason Greg didn’t seem to think that stopping and having a look around was the purpose of the trip, so we missed the canals and the babbling brooks and the Geese and whatever else is special about the Cotswalds and by the time he realized ( and me getting disappointed that we hadn’t seen anything) we were out of the Cotswalds district and on road to Oxford.
(Note from Greg. There are 2 parts of driving a car. One is to take control of the pedals and steering wheel, and one is to navigate. I was driving, and we had to be somewhere by a specific time.I now have sore ears!)
We decided to head towards Oxford as it was one
place I could collect the Heritage Pass so we could use it straight away and to have a look at the area. We wanted to look at the rivers and the punts etc but was impossible to park and we didn’t have map of area so we were not really sure where things were. By this stage it was about 5.30pm and we still had 1 ½hr drive ahead of us so decided to head off.
Set the Gps for our next destination, in which on the map you go around the outside of London to the South of London, I have been typing up this blog on the laptop and look up when Greg mentions theirs Earl’s Court, we are in the middle of London- Keningston, Chelsea stuck in traffic etc. WE ARE IN MIDDLE OF LONDON IN CAR. (I had offered to drive the last stretch thank god I didn’t). I can’t believe we are in London and not on the ring road, the GPS has lead us astray (Greg says it picks the fastest route, I bet it doesn’t allow for traffic- the motorway I am sure would be faster). When Greg set the GPS he didn’t
actually check the route it was taking us! It has now taken ½ hour just to get around the corner. (Note from Greg - I have sore ears!!)
We made it to out homestay house in Sydenham at about 8:30pm
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