Saturday, July 11, 2009

back to our regularly scheduled BATH

so, back to it? we flew from santorini to london without any hitches, and spent the night near the stansted airport, where we'd pick up a car the next day. there was lots of drama about the car, but whatever. i'm not going to relive it but i am going to remember to reengage alamo's customer service. anyway. the nice thing about stansted was...

Stansted Rabbits

bunnies! there were bunnies hopping around outside EVERYWHERE!

after the car-drama, we set off across the country. please now picture me driving on an unfamiliar side of the road for about 250 miles (day 1). (i only had one big almost-wrong right turn, yay me!) we decided to drive for a couple of reasons. the first?

Stonehenge


ever since eighth grade, i've dreamt of visiting stonehenge. for one of my math projects in middle school, i built a to-scale model of the ruin out of clay and foam board and through my research fell in love with this crazy druidic mystery. and it did not disappoint!

Stonehenge

also? there were bunnies hopping amongst the rocks!

from stonehenge we drove on to bath, where back in the day b spent a summer at the local university. this time, instead of staying in a dorm, he found an amazing deal at an equally amazing b&b called aspley house, which apparently used to be a mansion some wealthy brit built for his mistress.

Aspley House

Aspley House

Aspley House

that is the most comfortable bed i have ever slept in - EVER. seriously, if you go to bath, you need to stay here. the complimentary breakfast is absolutely brilliant and the rooms are phenomenal!

okay, anyway. the next day b showed me around his old haunts.

The Jane Austen Center Is Sad
the jane austen center made me sad. do not go to the jane austen center. trust me.

Fun!
but the playground made me happy!

Bath
random statuary?

Herman Miller Factory!
the herman miller factory!

Bath Swans
more swans!

we also decided to tour the roman baths, after which - of course - the city is named. i'm not sure what i expected, but this place was really cool.

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

and then we were off - driving again! - to magical, castle-rific wales!

3 comments:

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Love LOVE love all your pictures!

So curious why the JA Center made you sad.... I love her story Northhanger Abby and there's a campy/gothic BBC production that I can't seem to get enough off. Could be because it stars Peter Firth when he was young. Trust me if you make it to the end it is worth it :) So romantic. Sigh.

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Bunnies everywhere! All those pictures are stunning- that bedroom is beautiful. The baths... you are so giving me a case of wanderlust...

tmjackson said...

Gorgeous! Loved all the rabbits, and I'm also quite curious about the Jane Austen Centre (Brits spell it that way, right?). Though if that ridiculous statue is any indication, I can probably imagine.