On a beautiful sunny day, my friends and I went to Bath and Stonehenge. I had been to Bath once already on a one-day trip run by University of Gloucestershire’s INTO Centre, when I studied the Pre-sessional English Course.
Bath Spa is one of the most famous places in the UK. It is known for the Roman Bath, the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the University of Bath. My plan for the day was to visit Bath first and then go to Stonehenge for a short time in the afternoon.
The first thing on our trip was finding a restaurant for breakfast. I used TripAdvisor, one of the most popular Apps for tourists. It showed a highly recommended restaurant located outside the city centre. However, it was not open in the early morning, so we turned to another restaurant not far away from it. Two of my girlfriends and I were glad about the breakfast. Our breakfast is traditional English breakfast with coffee, and breakfast tea. In my opinion, English breakfast tea and breakfast are the best in the English food menu, better than fish and chips.
Travel without selfies is not complete, so it was necessary for us to take a selfie with the landmark building—Bath Abbey. This is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country, and it attracts a lot of tourists.
The first time I went to Bath I missed the Roman Baths, which is one of the most famous places in the UK, so I would not miss it again! We purchased three student tickets in the Roman Bath reception, and we met very friendly staff there, who gave us a lot of information such as where and when to take city sightseeing bus. Inside the Roman Bath, tourists could see three rooms, the caldarium (hot bath), the tepidarium (warm bath), and the grigidarium (cold bath). In ancient Rome, most Roman cities had at least one place like this one, which were centres not only for bathing but socialising. Ancient Romans knew well how to enjoy life! I highly recommend new students to visit this place and to get a close experience with the ancient Romans way of life.
Our next destination is my favourite place in Bath Spa, the River Avon. I fell in love with the view of the watercourse on the River Avon, which is the first time I had seen a manmade water conservancy project. On the other hand, the crazy design of Pulteney Bridge which was completed in 1774 cannot be ignored. It is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides and is still used by buses and taxis.
Lots of people purchase a ticket to enter the park next to the River Avon for sunbathing. This park attracted us with its ice cream cart, luxury hotel in a historical building, shops with a variety of commodities, and an underground club located in the centre. The group photo below with my two girlfriends is the best one we took during the trip.
The Journey to Stonehenge
The following pictures were taken on the coach to Stonehenge, it takes one and a half hour from Bath. Most passengers on the coach were sleepy while I was attracted by the amazing view outside the windows. It is hard to find rapeseed flower in this quantity now in China, and I thought that I had missed the opportunity to see them this year. So this was a very nice gift from the land of Britain! This was also the first time I had seen farmers working on their land, and it showed how technological developments can improve the working efficiency of agriculture. What is more, I am really happy that I have kept photos of the beautiful views on our trip.
After the one-and-a-half-hour trip, we arrived at our final destination, Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument (If you’re really interested about the story of this historic architecture, it is a good time for you to visit it.) During my tour around Stonehenge, I saw some people praying, children playing, photographers shooting, and couples holding hands. I guess most people visit Stonehenge because it is one of the most famous places in the UK. Stonehenge is not limited to sacrifice or religions, it is about the lives willing to visit it, and about the life of those visitors.
I would like to end my story here. Otherwise, it would be much too long for you to read. Thank you for reading my blog – I will continue my travel story asap……