Thursday, I chose to take a coach group tour to Stonehenge and Baths. I wanted to do the tour including Windsor Castle with another girl I met during the downtown tour on Wednesday, but the seats were all full. It's awesome to meet people doing the same thing as me, and she and I had a lot in common. It was only the first day, and I was meeting new friends and reconfirming this incredible journey!
Upon arriving to the station, I attempted to use the bathroom to find that they required coin entry. I told the attendant that I didn't have any Pounds, and she let me through anyway. When lining up for the bus, one lady from a group of 4 was ahead of me, and so I kindly let the rest of her group go ahead of me on the bus without realizing that they would take the front seats of the top section. So, they agreed to let me swap seats periodically to get some photographs. It worked out nicely. You'll notice some amazing views of the road, and that is my secret!
Arriving to Stonehenge, I walked 2 miles to the site. After many shuttles passed me on the road, and arriving to the site, I learned that it was available for use. Whoops! I got quite the exercise, so my face was all red by the time I got there. The same lady from the bus took some photographs of me in front of Stonehenge, and I did the same for her and the group. I was glad that I met people I could trust with my camera. Also, she has been learning to use her dslr, so I got photographs of myself in FOCUS! Woohoo. There were hundreds of people there, so it wasn't quite the celestial experience I was hoping for. If I had the ability to go by myself in a car, I would have arrived when they first opened. I highly recommend the beginning or end of the day. As the coach was approaching Stonehenge, the hills were covered with a thick fog into the distance, and I got super excited for the photographs. But, by the time we got to the site, it had dissipated.
Next, we drove to Baths. I paid for the entrance to the Roman Baths. Again, only go if you can get there on your own before anyone else arrives! Online, it looks stunning with the lighting and no people, so I had quite a rude awakening when I spent about 10-15 minutes pushing and dodging through the herds of people throughout the maze of the building to get to the main base floor. In the photo with the girl sitting, you'll notice a self guided walking audio phone in her hand. It seemed that almost everyone had one. It was quite dark throughout the facility, otherwise I would have taken a picture.
After I made it out of the Roman Baths, I stopped for lunch at Acorn. They served a Gluten Free and Vegetarian menu. I chose the Onion and Garlic Dahl. It was exquisite! For anyone looking to try it, it's located next to Sally Lunn Buns. My hosts, Karthik and Puja were raving about Sally Lunn Buns, and asked for me to pick one up, so despite not being able to eat it, I was amazing of the size. Each bun is about the size of a grown woman's hand!
After lunch, I meant to go on a walking tour, but the guide showed up late, and by that time I wanted to go solo. Another person on the bus accompanied me. He had recently set off to explore the world like myself, so it was fun to exchange ideas and experiences so far. We walked aimlessly around and photographed Bath. For the remaining half hour before our bus left, we sat in the courtyard to listen to musicians play. Anything they played was mesmerizingly beautiful, and I could have spent the rest of the afternoon there.
Bath is a stunning place, as you will see by the photographs. Unfortunately, the magical essence and true beauty cannot be captured on camera, so you will have to all go and visit it for yourself. It's like stepping into a time capsule, and living back in time. It's quite a tourist trap though. I did see Jane Austen's house, and many other adorable buildings. I was inspired to photograph doorways along my travels, so you'll see the beginning of that with this album. Europe has so many unique and intricate designs, I think it's only fitting to find a way to capture and share them as I go :)