Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bath, England

Bath, England. We took a day trip out to Bath during our time spent in the UK. Based on where we were staying (southeast of London), it took us about 3 hours by train to get to Bath. But, it was so worth it! 

We headed straight away to the Roman Baths and did the audio tour guide. It was fascinating to learn the history and see how well preserved the structure was. The Roman baths are fed from underground hot springs, so naturally warm water comes up from the earth. 

Spa water has been used for curative purposes for two thousand years. Originally treatments involved bathing in the hot waters, then in the late 17th Century drinking spa water also came to be a recognized treatment for certain conditions. 

Here's a view of the warm water: 

At the end of the tour, they allow you to taste as sample of the mineral water. It was pretty good! Daniel didn't care for it.

By the time we completed the Roman Bath tour, and made a side trip to the gift store, it was time for lunch. We got lucky and were able to get right into the Pump Room Restaurant (which is on-site of the Roman Baths). We had a delicious "Traditional Pump Room Tea" for two. It was absolute heaven!

It really made me feel like I was in England. The Pump Room had live piano music while we ate, and the wait staff was excellent. It felt really romantic, just Daniel and I.

After lunch, we hit the streets and headed to view the homes on the Royal Crescent and Circus. I had read about this area in books for many years, so it was breathtaking to be there in person. I truly felt like I was back hundreds of years in time.

After traveling and walking around all day, we stopped briefly at the Jane Austen Center on our way back to the train. I wish we could have done their tour, about Jane's time when she lived in Bath, but it just wasn't meant to be. At least Daniel got my picture!

All in all, it was such a great part of our time in the UK. I really enjoyed the city of Bath, and would gladly go again. Until next time!

Check out our parts of this trip:
City of London
Kensington Palace and Hampton Court

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Our Trip to London

Buckingham Palace

London.. there's so much to say about London! I can't believe last week we were in the heart of this lovely city. We traveled over Daniel's spring break, which meant the weather was a bit chilly for us. But it gave us the chance to use our boots and coats! Super cute! Weather was in the 50's and we had a few good days of sunny weather.

We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with long-time friends, and then take the train wherever we wanted to go. During our 9 days overseas, we spent about 3 days in London, and used the other days to visit other towns in southeast England.

Westminster Bridge

Some of my favorite moments in London include...

  • Touring Westminster Abbey The inside is stunning, with it's statues and mausoleums. It really blew me away.
  • Walking along Westminster Bridge (photo above) This connects Big Ben and Parliament to the London Eye. You walk over the river Thames, and feel like you are in the heart of it all. 
  • Seeing Daffodils in the Parks So gorgeous! 
  • Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens The ample green space and parks are just amazing. If I lived in London, I would walk in the park every day. We saw lots of people biking, jogging, and playing with their dogs. 

St. James's Park

We were fortunate enough to have locals come with us into the city and help us navigate all the streets. It was so special to have our first experience in the U.K. be with British friends. We did get one day in London on our own, and we didn't have too much trouble navigating. We did pretty darn good on the subway!

Westminster Abbey

I won't go into great length on all the spots we hit, but we did get to see all the famous and historic sites. The Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, St. James's Park, Charing Cross Station, King's Cross Station, the Underground, etc. 

Overall, I really loved London. It's a very clean and safe city. It was super easy to fly there, as there's a direct flight route from Orlando to London. Both Daniel and I agree that if you're going to do Europe for the first time, London is your best bet, and not just because they speak English. I promise that you'll feel like you already know a bit about this country, thanks to US history classes you took as a kid. 

More posts on our U.K. trip to come!

City of Bath
Kensington Palace and Hampton Court

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