For my last exploring trip out of Scotland I went to Cardiff, Bath, the Cotswolds and London. It was amazing!
|Canal in Bath|
After having a great time in Cardiff I trained to Bath on the Friday to meet my cousin Brianna for our weekend touring. While I waited for her to arrive I explored Bath a bit and went to the Jane Austen Centre, in one of the houses she spent time in. I was so excited about Bath because I am a little obsessed with Jane Austen, and my favourite book, Persuasion, was set partially there. It was surreal walking the same streets I have read about so much!
|One of the entrances to the Pump Rooms|
|Walking around the Bath Streets|
|My excitement at being in Bath|
|Outside the Assembly Rooms, read about it in so many books!|
|Opulence inside the Assembly Rooms|
|Sally Lunns! I grew up on Sally Lunn buns.|
|Another amazing street n Bath|
|One of the houses Jane lived in|
|View from our hostel room|
|Bath Abbey at night|
|Tapas and 4 cocktails for 20 pounds!|
|Proper coffee while waiting for the Pump Room to open|
|The warm waters you can bath in..hence the name Bath!|
|Fountain in the pump room you can drink the waters from|
|Live musicians while we ate breakfast|
|Brianna trying the water..blergh|
|Post breakfast Sally Lunn buns!|
|Brianna outside the original shop|
After that we started our road trip through the Cotswold villages on our way to Chipping Campden for the night. Purely chosen because The Volunteer Inn was the cheapest B&B I could find in the whole area! It turned out to be newly renovated, clean and just what we needed. We had the best pie ever in a pub down the road in front of an open fire. They actually brought the pie out hot in the dish and served it out onto a plate. So delicious!!
|The beginning of the Cotswolds trip!|
|Another of the places we really liked|
|A cute town with a river running through|
|Me in Bourton on the water|
|Brianna and I!|
|Also stopped for a cake sampler...|
|Wonky and cute buildings and houses|
|Amazing, amazing dinner. Made better being next to the fire!|
|Typical road we were driving down|
|Imagine living here!|
|Me in Lower Slaughter|
|Brianna in Lower Slaughter|
|Teeny bit windy|
|It's a bit hard to imagine how it would have been when it was whole, but it's still impressive like this!|
|The taller stones were in the middle of the circle|
|The stones on the right at the front were part of the outer circle|
|A view which shows a bit more|
I had just one night in London and went into the Kiwi haven of Shepherds Bush to visit a couple of friends which was really great!
There are so many great places to see in the UK and I feel like I've just skimmed the surface in the time that I've been here. Especially since I spent a lot of time travelling to Europe. The good thing is that a lot of it is close by so if you have the time you can skip easily from one place to another and it is great driving or training around from place to place. I was able to go to Cardiff, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge in 5 days! And a made a trip to Brighton before heading back to Edinburgh on the 6th day. So anything is possible!
So much more to see still though...until next time!