Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bath, Jane Austen, Stonehenge and back to London

Hello again,

We are finally getting to the end of our tour, this was our last day. We went to Bath first. I had mixed feelings about Bath, I was surprised by how much I liked the town and was a bit disappointed with the actual baths. I found them to be rather smelly and not really to my liking at all. Mom felt pretty much the same way, so we didn't stay long there. We had a bit of a mission anyway, we were out to find the Jane Austen Centre! After some walking and asking for directions, we finally found it. We didn't have enough time to take the tour, but we checked out the gift shop.

Jackie, me and Mom by the beautiful flowers.

We finally found it!

This guy was so cute and very true to character!

The shop had so many lovely things! I got a couple of books about Jane Austen and the movies and where they were shot, and a few other things, but what I was really looking for was this certain version of Sense and Sensibility I had seen at a bookstore at the beginning of our trip, but they didn't have it.
After we left the shop, we found a bookstore just down the street that had it as well as Persuasion in the same binding, and they were buy one get one half price! Of course I had to get them. I also got Northanger Abbey and a book with the collections of Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition, since I didn't have those, they were also buy one get one half price, so I left quite happy.

Mom and I with our bus driver Ian.

I have always wanted to see Stonehenge since I was a little girl, so this was a dream come true. I have no idea why it has always intrigued me so much, but it has. It was honestly amazing to see in person, very worth it.

After Stonehenge we drove right back to London, it was raining again so I didn't take pictures, but it was nice to get back and off the tour. I'll have to recover a bit first before I give my honest opinion of it, but I am truly glad I did it, and there were lots of things that I enjoyed and I fulfilled a great many dreams of mine. It really was an amazing trip, and I am so grateful I was given the chance to do it. It was definitely life changing.




The next morning we had to wake up bright and early, well before the sun got up, to head to the ferry because there was a plowing match going on in town and we needed to beat the traffic.

It was beautiful to see the sunrise, pretty much worth getting up so early.

We boarded the ferry and settled in for the 4 hour crossing. It was a bit rougher going back than coming over, and the ferry was smaller, but all in all, it was a pleasant trip. We drove pretty much straight to Cardiff, so we made it in to our hotel with a little time to go look around the shops. On the way in our bus driver took us on a little tour of the city so we could see what it was like. For some reason I had been expecting it to be a small town by the seaside, but it actually is a nice sized city. I do think it is near the sea, but I didn't get to see it.

Mom outside the Cath Kidston store.

Wow, I really didn't take many pictures this day. We didn't do a whole lot of shopping, just a little browsing. I did purchase a Cath Kidston bag, but it wasn't at her store, I got it at John Lewis because I didn't realize she had a shop just down the street. We did go in and have a look see around though, she has such adorable things in there! After that we went to a Tesco Express and got some things for dinner and headed back to the hotel. The early morning start had us in bed quite soon after getting in. Both Mom and I were well in need of a good night's sleep, which is just what we got!