London Day 2- Day trip to Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor Castle
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We woke up very early however it didn't seem that way since the sun was up at 4am shinging into our Hostel window. We signed up in advance for a bus day tour to Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor Castle, we went with Astral Travels. It was great we had a small, comfortable, van with only about 12 people. This is ideal if you don't like traveling with large groups, the bus is also able to give you more time at the stops since there are less people and take the "back roads" saving time. We had a great experience with this company and I recommend looking into it if you want to travel to stonehenge and other sites.
The drive is a bit long however the tour guide/driver gave continuous information and facts throughout the drive of the area and to prepare us for each stop. The country side in England is Beautiful. The first stop was Stonehenge. It has always been a mystery to me and I've watched endless shows trying to figure out why these stones are there and who put them there, I was definently looking forward to this stop. I learned on the way from the tour guide that the Sarsen Stones are the largest stones and were carried by glaciers during teh ice age depositing about 20 miles north of their current location. The smaller stones are known as blue stones and are from the mystical Preseli Mountains in Whales, 240 miles away! The stones are Huge, much larger than I expected and I learned that 1/3 of their height is in the ground.
The City of Bath has a long history. The romans settled there and were drwan to hot natural springs. They colonized there and built the "Roman Baths." We took an audio tour of the roman Baths however after a while an audio tour can get really boring. The city was rebuilt in the 1800's after the romans left entirely out of limestone. Until a few years ago it was a very dirty city due to the burning of fossil fuels for heat and the buildings were very blackened. Now most of them are shinny white. The city has no industry and survivies on tourism.
Next Stop Windsor Castle.... The castle is unbelieveable and huge! You can tell if the Queen is home or not by which flag is flying above the castle. If it is the brintish flag that means she is not home and the English flag she is home. The castle is up on a hill and one days march from the tower of London and was there to defend london if being attacked from the west. Inside the castle walls is St. george's Chapen which has amazing architecture with many sub chaples. You can also view Queen Mary's doll house which has every things in an exact 1:12 scale replica. This includes books with famous authors writing on the pages, famous paintings, wine bottles filled with real wine, and the house also has plumbing. Following this we visited the state apartments which are older living quarters of Kings and Queens. The rooms are stunning with beautiful decorations, portriats, and more.
It was a long day but an amazing day which we got the opportunity to see so much!