Malmesbury Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
May 5th, 2010 – by: mslellen
We also have our first expieience with the new full body scanner. Here's a hint . . . if you store stuff in your bra they will still see it! I'm given a more extensive secondary pat down and asked what's in my bra. Like a dummy I forgot I even stashed anything in there. (it's only a chap stick) Too bad I don't speak Dutch. I could tell the attendent was describing the incident to the others. They apparently got a great laugh out of it.
Unfortunatly, since we missed our connecting flight, our car service from Bristol to Malmesbury has to wait for us. Now we have to pay an extra 50% for the driver's extra wait time. Our driver is a great guy and happy to entertain us with stories of the area. We also have to stop at a cash machine since we have no English Pounds on us to pay him. First one is out of money, but he finds another.
Malmesbury is beautiful with narrow, curving roads and quaint buildings. The town is busy with shoppers, walkers and talkers. Lots of little stores and pubs mixed in with the homes. It's quite bustling.
There's an interesting structure in the town center called the Market Cross. It was built in the late 1400's which is always so amazing to us since America wasn't even discovered until 300 years later. I think the oldest building in our town might be 120 years old at best. Anyway the market cross was built as a shelter for market people. It's noted as being well preserved and has many interesting details and was supposedly built with some stones from the Abbey.
Our hotel, The Old Bell, is right next to Malmesbury Abbey which was built in the 12 century. Part of the Abbey has fallen, but incredibly the building is still being used on a daily basis and it's open to the public.
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