Stones and Bath

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Marlborough
Morning walk along the Parliament square to Victoria Station. I reached earlier and saw the rest of the Haggis group. It is the start of another journey.
I got to know a Malaysian guy who is working in US, so we sat together on the bus, talking about what we have done in London thus far. Our guide packed us into the yellow bus and off we go.
Rab managed to brief us all about the dos and donts on his bus in a very humorous way. We went past the Chelsea flower show as we went on the motorway. Had a short break near Reading, bought lunch and we went off to our first stop, the White Horse.
The Uffington White horse was something I know prior to the trip. It was used in Age of Empire.
A solitary stone
I thought that these things never existed, like pre-history objects, recreated from fossils and excavation etc, but it was pretty exciting to see the horse up close and personal. A pity it was raining when we reached the hill. After climbing the slope to reach the horse, we could barely see the horse. So I just took some pictures of the sceneries of rural England and then took shelter against the wind and rain in the bus. It was a very short trip at the white horse, so Rab took us to a small town, Marlborough. Along the way, he informed us about the history of England, esp our destination today, Bath. Marlborough is a nice little place. I was walking along the road until I see a blue house with bones.
I am not sure if they are animal or human bones, as it was too creepy for me. I am sure I saw a bone which resemble a part of the spine. Anyway, I took a stroll along the river nearby and then we went off to our next destination which is Avebury Stone Circle.
Avebury stone circle is definitely not as famous as Stonehenge, cos the Malaysian guy,Kean was asking about the stones with one lying ontop of each other. Sure enough, it wasnt impressive, but the circle is huge. The village is supposed to be in the middle of the circle. We walked around part of the circle as part of the ritual, and then I decided to climb to a higher point so that I can get the circle formation. It wasnt very steep, but because it had rained earlier, the path was slippery. I took cautious steps up, and when I managed to get to the top of the hill, it became soo windy.
Admiring the stones and sceneries, I made my way down again, this time, I got stuck at one point downhill. Thinking I can jump a few steps with my sore feet, I began to choose the steps which I was going to take. However, I missed the steps and fell on my butt. Body wasnt hurt, but my pants are diritied. It would be another half day before I reach Bath where I can get changed. I was so angry at myself, but then I thought, Ian Wright said something about his idea of travelling, dirty and smelly etc, and then I thought, hey, not many people get to fall down at the place where mysterious stones stood for thousands of years. Stupid, but this thought made me look so forward to the rest of the places of the day. I did some shopping at the village shop and as I exited, I saw a cat doing commando crawl on the fence.
I was too late to capture it on video, but I managed to capture its proud look after it had negogiated the fence. Singapore cats should learn from them.
After Avebury stones, we went to Bath. It was approx 3pm when we reached Bath, so after checking in at St Christopher's inn, I went straight out to explore Bath. Just when I though I was lost, I saw Bath Abbey in front of me, and a red city sightseeing bus. What better way to explore the city sights with commentaries. So I boarded the bus, and saw the usual sights in Bath, Royal crescent, circle, Avon river, Pultney bridge etc. Not only were the sights overwhelming, the bus ride itself was overwhelming. As it had been very very very lond since I sat on the upper deck of a bus, and it was the first time sitting on a open upper deck, the lack of seat-belts made me felt insecure.
The sloped trail where I fell down.
But the sights are marvellous. At the end of the tour, I did a tour in the Roman Bath museum. It was enriching, seeing the green water and imagining myself to be an ancient roman, enjoying myself in the bath area. Somehow, I used alot of my imagination during my trip here. hahahaha, it was an extraordinary experience though.
After the tour, I walked around, trying to find a noodle shop I spotted on the bus. But I got pretty lost. Finally when I see the Abbey, I just got myself a salad and water and went back to the hostel. It had been quite a day for me, so I turned in at 7pm, hoping that that would help my sore feet as well as preventing the impending cold that I had starting to developed.
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Marlborough
Marlborough
A solitary stone
A solitary stone
The sloped trail where I fell down.
The sloped trail where I fell down.
It looks like a pencil
It looks like a pencil
Parliament Square
Parliament Square
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Security check at Downing Street. …
Security check at Downing Street.…
White horse
White horse
More views
More views
View at the White Horse
View at the White Horse
Marlborough
Marlborough
A paranomic view of the stone circ…
A paranomic view of the stone cir…
Halfway up the slope
Halfway up the slope
Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle
Commando cat
Commando cat
Look at the statues
Look at the statues
It is green. Do not enter
It is green. Do not enter
I call it Jane Austen street
I call it Jane Austen street
Bath Cathedral. Highest spire in B…
Bath Cathedral. Highest spire in …
Royal Cresent. Superb architecture
Royal Cresent. Superb architecture
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Roman Bath
Roman Bath
River Avon
River Avon
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Near Bath Abbey
Near Bath Abbey
Bath
photo by: Hummingbird