Day 3! We took a fantastic trip outside of London to explore amazing pieces of history!
It’s day 3 in London! Well, sort of. Day 3 was more of an excursion day with a 12 hour tour outside of London to visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and the city of Bath. The started very early around 6am when we realized that there were severe delays on the tube. We had mapped out our morning journey the night before in hopes of being better prepared for the London work rush. Turns out, we were wrong.
Taking A London Black Cab
But all was well! We wanted to experience taking a black cab at some point during our trip, so this happened to be the perfect morning to do so. Luckily, there were a few cabs waiting outside of the hotel so I didn’t have to call for one. The socially anxious introvert that I am rejoiced over this. And while the ride was comfortable, the driver was nice, and the car was clean, the trip cost 10x as much as it would’ve cost taking the tube. So that was our only cab ride for the trip.
We arrived at Victoria Coach Station a little bit earlier than we had planned because of the cab. That gave us a few minutes to grab breakfast at Pret A Manger before heading to our gate. Once we finished breakfast we headed to our gate. We saw a family from Kentucky who had been part of our Harry Potter tour on Monday! It was nice to see familiar faces. After a few minutes we loaded into the coach and headed out on our tour!
After a drive of about 45 minutes, we arrived at Windsor Castle. There are 1000 rooms in total but only 20 are occupied by the Queen during her stay. She was actually there during our tour! Basically, if the flag is flying, the Queen is around. This day was actually quite cold as Hurricane Ophelia was passing by Ireland and the winds were picking up in England.
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside of the castle, but I took plenty of the outside! The views from the castle overlooking the city were just breathtaking. Every little detail of the castle was filled with history, flaws, and yet some how perfect. We enjoyed looking at the never-ending towers and walls before we headed inside to see Queen Mary’s Doll House and take the Windsor Castle tour.
The doll house was darn near the size of my dining room! It was so intricate and grandiose that I felt slightly jealous of the dolls. Although it was a quick look around before properly entering the castle, it was really cool to see. I can’t even begin to describe the amount to glamour, detail, and lavishness the encapsulates the rooms within the castle. The furniture, the lighting, the rugs, the pillows, the ceilings – everything screamed royalty.
After walking with amazement through the castle, we headed back to our coach to start our next journey to Stonehenge. 2 people on the tour group were 15 minutes late which caused a slight delay, but nothing major. But for future reference, when the tour guide gives you a meeting time, be there!! The coach started to pull away as the lagging group members sprinted towards us. Your guide will leave you!
Briam and I have watched a few documentaries about Stonehenge and have found it to be a fascinating place of science, history, and spirituality. Along the way, we saw a few pig farms where they have their own little homes and huge acreage to roam around in. While the idea of “pig farms” makes me sad, these pigs seemed pretty happy.
One thing I didn’t know about Stonehenge and the surrounding land was that it was used as a sacred burial ground for over 200 people. As we drove past, our tour guide would point out various types and sizes or burial grounds. Apparently, different sizes and types symbolize the era and societal status of the person buried there.
Once we arrived at Stonehenge we hoped off the coach, boarding a little shuttle, and were whisked off to the stones. Seeing them on tv and seeing them in person are two very different experiences. I knew they were big, but I didn’t realize just how big “big” was. Getting to see the precious placement of these massive stones each bigger than the next and carefully placed on top of one another was amazing.
I could go on and on about Stonehenge because it was truly an outstanding work of history, but I’ll keep it simple. We walked around the stones, saw the healing stone, and marveled at the red sun that loomed over head. With Hurricane Ophelia on one side and the fires in Portugal on the other, the weather created a very dramatic looking sky while we saw the stones. It made for a great picture though!
After we finished at Stonehenge, we loaded up on the coach and headed to the city of Lacock for a traditional pub lunch! The mideval village was so picture perfect that I was amazed our coach could even fit on the tiny streets. The pub had been around since 1361 and was actually a filming location for Harry Potter!
Briam had the good ol’ fish and chips for lunch while I had the mushroom risotto, both equally amazing. What was also amazing was that the older couple we shared a table with literally live about 10 minutes down the street from my dad and stepmom! What a small world! They spend have their time here in south Florida and knew exactly where we were from. My dad was so surprised as he passes their community every day on the way to work!
After lunch we headed to the city of Bath, with just minutes to spare to make it into the Roman Baths! I was pretty happy that we were able to see the still-functioning natural hot springs that the Roman’s built this bath house on.
There weren’t many interesting things to take pictures of inside the baths, mostly rocks and steam. It was still a great experience though. After making our way through the bath house, we headed to our meeting point. We ended up getting distracted by a chocolate shop and stopped off for a few nibbles. We picked up a few pieces of fudge and peanut brittle to munch on during the 2 hour ride back into London.
Once we arrived back in London, we headed over to a restaurant near Victoria Coach Station called The Shakespeare. It was a cute little pub that didn’t look like it would serve delicious food, but it sure as heck served up some amazing burgers! I can’t remember what the burgers were called, but as you can see, they looked (and tasted) great.
After dinner we hopped on the tube and headed back to the hotel. We had another early day looming so it was best that we tried to get some sleep. Although I think each night we only got about 4-5 hours and decent sleep. If you missed day 1 and day 2, be sure to have a read before coming back tomorrow for day 4!
Camera used on the trip: Canon G7 X Mark ii
Backup battery: Canon
Hardcase luggage: Travelhouse 3-Piece Set
Would you take this day trip? How funny is it that the hurricane followed us?
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