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It was hard to leave Bath and its stunning Georgian architecture behind, but our tour group had places to go and big rocks to see. Yep, that’s right, our final stop was Stonehenge!
Lucky for us, the rain that had dampened our entry into Bath had let up completely by the time we found ourselves in Wiltshire.
The sun was shining and the day had warmed up beautifully, but let me just stop you right there – this is Stonehenge we’re talking about, a very exposed Neolithic structure. Prior to our tour, The English Bus had sent out an email with specifics about our trip, and it emphasized just how exposed the monument is and how unpredictable the weather can be, so we were to come prepared. Although the day was gorgeous, I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the sheer amount of wind at Stonehenge!
We pulled up to The Royal Crescent in Bath just as the wind and rain began to pick up. This impressive crescent of terraced houses was built in the late 1700s and is still considered one of the most exclusive residential areas in England. Our tour guide Chris would later tell us the story of resident Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley who upset the neighbors by painting her door yellow. The case went to the highest courts until it was finally determined that she did, in fact, have the freedom to paint her own door however she saw fit.
That was back in the 1970s, and her door remains yellow to this day.
Now that I’m back home and (mostly) recovered from the trip, I’ll start blogging in more detail about our experiences in England. If you read my last post that summarized our week in London, you’ll know that we were headed on a tour to Bath and Stonehenge, so that’s where this post will pick up!
When I was planning our trip, I researched for several weeks and mulled over every little detail before making any decision (I guess I’m a true Capricorn, after all). Ty really wanted to spend a day in the English countryside, and Brandon was pretty much up for anything we decided to do, so finding a good tour company became a priority. There are quite a few tour groups from London to Bath and Stonehenge, and most of these larger coach tours also throw in Windsor Castle. That seemed like a lot to squeeze into a single day. Windsor alone would take half a day to fully enjoy.