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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 21, 2012
From journal Going West, South-West
El Segundo, California
May 5, 2011
London, England, United Kingdom
March 30, 2010
From journal English Heritage
June 14, 2007
From journal Stonehenge: Wiltshire's Most Famous Pile of Rocks
May 1, 2006
From journal London - Enjoyable Activities
June 10, 2006
From journal London, My First Europe Vacation
April 25, 2002
Unfortunately, not only was it Saturday when we visited Bath, but it was also early November, and a horde of both tourists and locals were all shopping, probably most for the upcoming holidays. You had to push your way through the shopping streets. Congestion also detracted from seeing the labyrinthine Roman baths; you couldn't pause to note salient details in the rooms as they were simply thronged with people. We finally had to get away from the multitudes, as we deliberately escaped to Pulteney Bridge to view the river and the autumn panorama of the surrounding hills. Later, we discovered by chance the construction site for the new spa which has a target completion date of October, 2002. This replacement of one that closed some 30+ years ago, located away from the Pump Room and Abbey, should help to diffuse tourists somewhat in this all-too-attractive city.Also, found an interesting pub sign.
Stonehenge was far less satisfying than Bath, however,at least for me,though not for my companions. My minority opinion is that circling this marvel at a distance is less than thrilling. I kept thinking, "Avebury," larger and un-roped, which I had tried to persuade my companions to go to. The situation of Stonehenge is impressive; a mass of mysterious stones set in a seemingly never-ending plain - a stark contrast. The site is still somewhat user-friendly;I noted several people with picnic hampers setting out to find perepheral spots for picnics. But, I couldn't help rueing that the site was now roped off because of previous abuse by tourists who had not been respectful of this precious site.
We took a Golden Tours bus from London, pricey at 144 pounds for 3; our guide was excellent & witty, so the process of getting there was lively, though interrupted from time to time by his need to inform in their own language the Japanese tourists in our group. Personally, I don't like the time limits on tours; I felt nagged by time-tracking as we were trying to explore and I felt distracted by this need not to wander too far off from our pick-up place. Bath deserves to be savoured; our visit to Bath was a tantalizing teaser, frustrating because you slowed down not to be able to enjoy a detail, but because you had to wade your way around other people. Still, the tour afforded a good glimpse for future travels.
From journal Best Big City-London
February 27, 2007
From journal London and All That It Has to Offer