Bath to Ebrington
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On Tuesday we woke around 7:00 in the morning and went downstairs for our breakfast. Had meusli, rasher bacon, and an egg, along with excellent coffee. We were only spending the one night in Bath, so we checked out and left our luggage with the staff. We walked to the Roman Baths as our first stop. My friend and I had both been to the Roman Baths before. I had been there during my semester abroad in England back in 1997. I don't think anything really changed in those 10 years. The baths were used by the Romans as a co-ed spa for religion, health, business, and relaxation. The original site was covered by a hollow roof, which evenutally collapsed. The site was uncovered in the 18th century and was dug up entirely over the following few decades.
We decided to skip the traditional drink of the spring water (whch I understand tastes very foul) and found a little bakery where we purchased some pasties. Pasties instantly became our favorite fast meal for the rest of the trip. They should really start selling them here in the States--I think they would be a hit! We sat on a bench to eat our meals and do some people watching, which is a pastime I really enjoy. Then we hit the shops. I found some Cadbury candy for my co-workers back home, and some silver jewelry, and a variety of teas from a place called Withams.
I had never driven in England before, and this time I decided that I was going to do it. So we decided to rent a car to travel from Bath to the Cotswolds. And to save money, we got a manual. So learning to drive it on the left side of the street was more than a little challenging! But I enjoyed it, and would certainly do it again. (I might opt for an automatic next time, though.) Fortunately Jenny is a great navigator, so I could put all of my concentration into driving and not worry about directions.
After 1.5 hours of very tense driving we stopped for tea at a little outdoor cafe in Northleach. It was perfect! We sat outside in a garden and had tea and scones with clotted cream. Then we set out on the road again, and the further we drove, the more beautiful the land became.
We did some research on the local hiking trails for the next day. Then we topped off the night by walking the very short distance to the village pub, the Ebrington Arms. It was a great tiny village pub. The atmosphere was friendly, though I imagine that everyone else there lived in the village. (They must get a little tired of seeing the tourists there day in and day out.) I had quiche and cider. It was a great end to a great day!