Visiting the Queen & Other Adventures.

In all the hullabaloo that's been going on since February 14th, I completely forgot to mention my very own gift! Not to worry though - as I only received it today. On Valentines Day, Jason instructed me to keep my Saturday free for a surprise.

Unfortunately that surprise involved getting up before 7am in the morning. And did I mention that Jason is terrible at keeping surprises, well, surprises? I'd bugged him with questions and finally cracked him by guessing what we were doing. Turns out he had booked us an all day coach tour, to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.

A little bleary eyed, we made our way to Victoria coach station and joined our tour - where our first stop was to explore Windsor Castle. Jason used to work out this way and walked past the castle every morning to get to work, but I'd not really heard much about it. It was absolutely massive - this is only about a quarter of the site.



The British flag was flying from the roof too, meaning that the Queen was in residence there over the weekend, and I was fairly chuffed. How often can you say that you've been within a short space of royalty? Apparently a couple of the Queen's corgis were taken out here to have a royal wee not long after we left this spot.



After we explored the castle state rooms and grounds, we saw the changing of the guards and went for a walk along the main streets in Windsor. It was utterly freezing today, but still sunny so made for perfect sightseeing weather.

Our next stop was Stonehenge; something I'd wanted to see for years! Last time we were in England, we both said we would leave the trip until the end, but ended up so exhausted after all of our travelling that we never got around to it. It took about an hour in the coach to get to the Salisbury Plain, but we finally made it.



It was pretty incredible - the stones are massive, yet still a lot smaller than I pictured they would be. Apparently over the years, many of them have disappeared, which is sad. It would have been amazing to see them all laid out in their prime.



After a hot chocolate and almond pastry, we had another long drive to Bath - a gorgeous town, with all of the buildings carved out of the same tan limestone. The terrace houses were beautiful, the Avon river was beautiful, and the weather was beautiful - except for the fact that it was so cold, I thought my hands would fall off. We looked around the town centre, before heading into the famous Roman baths.. in Bath. Ha!



I loved hearing the historical aspect of them, but find it very sad that you can't actually use the baths. Not the Roman ones of course, which are there for display only, but you'd think with a natural geothermal hot spring underneath the (very cold) town, that someone would be making use of it aka Rotorua in New Zealand? I wonder if there's a reason for it? Either way, the Roman baths are really interesting.



At the end of our visit here, I decided to do the mandatory toilet stop - and Jason took the camera off me, making fun of the fact that I was about to take it into the bathroom with me. That turned out to be a big mistake though, as each toilet stall had a glass window overlooking one of the outer baths - a perfect tourist free photographic opportunity. Despite the sign reminding its female patrons that the glass was one-way only, it was a wee bit disconcerting dropping my trousers in front of a window!

The drive back to London took over two hours, but was well worth it. We spent just enough time in each landmark, saw heaps, and I loved it to bits. Thanks Jason, for a perfect (if a little belated) Valentines Day present. I love you!


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30 comments:

will said...

behold...STONE'ENGE!!

The Casual Perfectionist said...

Sounds like you had a great time!! My hubby was able to take a lot of pictures of Windsor on his latest business trip, and we'd love to explore that castle and visit Stonehenge sometime in the future, too! Have a great weekend!

cady said...

what a fun day! i've always wanted to go to stonehenge!

heidikins said...

I. Am. So. Jealous! I have wanted to go to Stonehenge for ages and ages! Seriously, so jealous.

There is a "Foam Henge" in Virginia... apparently it is exactly the same dimensions & coloring, but made out of foam.

Also, in Nebraska or Kansas or something there is a Stonehenge made out of old cars spray-painted gray. ;o)

xox

grungedandy said...

Wowza! although it was bl**dy freezing today the sun must have made the views spectacular! And 3 in one day you must both be very tired well done for creative thinking! Seeya hugya *G*

Ree said...

What an excellent gift, and the weather looked nice, even if it was cold.

janet said...

awesome present! and very cool pics, Aly!

Heather (in Scotland) said...

What a great Valentine's gift. Sounds a great day, illustrated by lovely photos.

(Have you not bought a hat and gloves yet??)

Riayn said...

What a fabulous Valentine's Day gift. I just love Bath. I could spend days wandering around there. The one day I spent there just wasn't long enough.

Vanessa said...

He is amazingly awesome and you are amazingly lucky! What an incredible day!

Julie said...

Look at you and Jason!!

I'm glad you had such a wonderful day!

Leslie said...

Wonderful! Way better than a card and chocolates. I think it's sad you can't use the hot springs too and if you ever find out why, let me know - I'm curious.
Also, if you get a chance, let me know which picture you liked from my Feb. 14th post!

Candace said...

You guys are SO FREAKIN ADORABLE :) And you and your fun little sight-seeings make me SO darn jealous!!!

Lara said...

sounds incredible! glad you had a great time, and thanks for sharing it with us!

kirby said...

I actually gasped RATHER loudly when I read 'stonehenge'... It's on my list of places to see before I die.
AND... Jason is awesome. Give him a pat on the back for me. I reckon that's the perfect gift for you.

QueenBee said...

Ohh! Soo jealous! That sounds like a perfect Saturday! It actually sounds better than my day of sitting around doing nothing. ;-)

Raven said...

Yet another post to leave me seething with jealousy!

Congrats :)

Where are you hat and gloves, woman?

Noelle said...

I love Bath. I spent 2 weeks there once, and when I went back years later it was like I had never left.

Virginia said...

You guys are so cool. Can I please express how jealous I am?

Unnaturally Blonde said...

That looks like so much fun! What a great day! The picture of you two is my favorite though, it's always nice to put faces to all the stories :-)

Fluent Brittish said...

I would love to see Stonehenge someday.

Zandria said...

What an awesome Valentine's Day present! I'm jealous!

Lys said...

LOVE the photos!!! Awww - what a fab Valentines Day present!!!

-R- said...

I didn't realize Stonehenge was so close to London.

That sounds like a fun Saturday!

ashley said...

you really are living my dream. :( i'm green with envy.

mcgee said...

what a perfect valentine's day present!!

Deutlich said...

Almond pastries? My favorite. By Far.

katelin said...

Aw what a great gift! I love your pictures!

velocibadgergirl said...

Oh, memories! This post makes me want to dig out my London trip photos and look at my Stonehenge and Bath photos. Thanks for sharing! :D

Katie said...

What a fabulous present! You guys are so cute :)





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