May 1st 2005, London, England
April 31 – May 2nd 2005
With that in mind. I will write a sum of same travel story for the next three page. So you will see repeat of content here. Then we start on main tour.
For next time in London I did a day tour with a company called Evan Evans. This was a day bus tour to see some of the sites famous in the area. I go to this coffee shop and get a pastry that was dry and wait for the bus.
Finally picked up by the tour bus and guide is an old british guy. As we are leaving London, he talks about the buildings and history of the area. We make the long drive of 2 hours and make our first stop at city of Windsor. This is where the famous Windsor Castle is. The queen was home at time as the flag as up. On entry to palace we go through an airport style of security to enter the grounds.
Once at the castle I walk inside in one area that has all these thrones and windows. Quite an interesting place but not the true part of the castle. As the rest of the castle is off limits to the general public. From here I go outside and watch the changing of the guard perform. A big production of marching guards and bands playing just to change their shifts.We are here for 3 hours and on way out stop at a bakery famous for rye bread. I buysome bread and found it to be quite dry.
Next stop on the tour is we make our way to the Roman Baths in the city of Baths, England. One of the most oldest cities in the world.
The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.
The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman
Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the Grand Pump Room, receive more than one million visitors a year, with 1,037,518 people during 2009. It was featured on the 2005 TV program Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the West Country. Visitors can see the Baths and Museum but cannot enter the water. An audio guide is available in several languages.
In 2009 a grant of £90,000 was made to Bath and North East Somerset Council to contribute towards the cost of re-developing displays and improving access to the Roman Baths, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport/Wolfson Fund, which was established to promote improvements in Museums and Galleries in England.
After walking the grounds I stop at a convenience store to get some bottle water. I make the mistake and buy the wrong bottle and get carbonated water instead. As all the bottles are the same and its more popular here then regular water. So it was like drinking flat Sprite almost, not exactly what I wanted.
From here next stop and final one was at the Stonehenge. An interesting spot as one of those historic places you see on TV And its neat to stand here.
Some information about this place: Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below).
The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years. The site is a place of religious significance and pilgrimage in Neo-Druidry.
From here is the last stop of the day and then make our way back to city of London. It was a fantastic day tour and we get dropped off at the Marple Arch and I take the tube back to the hotel.
Later in evening I go to the Contiki meeting of the group. Where we get an orientation of the european trip I am going to do. Meet the driver and tour guide named Renee some Australian girl. Looks like a group of about 40 people from all over the world.
That evening at the London Pub, go for some beers with the group and talk about the adventures ahead.