Spring has sprung and I am officially halfway through my one year masters programme. Having successfully survived the frost of fall and winter (mostly by cocooning under my duvet for the majority of the time), I am so ready for the adventure and whimsy that the beautiful emerging colours of spring seem to promise. As the weather gets warmer and my surrounding landscape gets brighter, I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug. I absolutely love travelling – exploring new places, meeting new people and most of all savouring new authentic cuisines.
I always tell my friends, if you’re looking for a travel partner, I’m your girl. Travel is the one thing I would never hesitate to spend money on because it enriches our life and experiences so much. Whether you have an amazing time or a horrible one, you have a great story to share :).
Last Saturday, I took a day trip with some friends to Stonehenge and Bath. The timing of the trip was perfect, following the completion and submission of my assignments and start of the Easter Break. I was very excited to explore another UK City as well as view the ever popular prehistoric stones that make Stonehenge one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK.
Our first stop was Stonehenge. A very interesting structure of stones, once forming a circle, however many have fallen and/or been removed over time. I can’t say I was particularly astounded by the monument perhaps because it has been changed so much over the centuries. I am sure the original structure and design had to be pretty impressive. However, like one child visitor standing nearby me said “It’s just stones mommy.” Albeit very very very large ones. That said, I do think it is worth a visit at least once, especially if you’re a history buff or you just like really great photos.
One of the things I found most interesting about Stonehenge is that to date it is still unknown why it was built and for what purpose. I think that surrounding mystery alone is enough to warrant a visit :). I would recommend visiting in the summer perhaps as it is located on a vast empty plain offering no protection against the cold and/or wind. Having been a very mild winter, I never found the need to buy gloves, a decision I regretted that day considering my fingers were almost completely frozen and left behind at Stonehenge to form part of its history.
After a couple hours of wandering around the area which also included a museum, mini village exhibition of Stonehenge builders huts, a canteen and souvenir shop, we were off to our second destination!
I haven’t visited as much UK cities as yet as I would like to but I have explored a few and I can unreservedly say that Bath is the most beautiful city I have visited to date. My photos do the city of Bath no justice. From the colour and design of the buildings to the High Street (shopping area) with an amazing view of it’s rolling hills, Bath is certainly quite picturesque. It is also filled with a rich history. The city of Bath was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa.
We visited the Roman Baths, an ancient Roman site for public bathing and another major tourist attraction in the UK. I was a bit skeptical of paying the cover fee for the site visit, however it was well worth the money spent. The site is very well preserved and offers a rich history of Bath’s heritage as a spa town. After the museum we wandered around the high street for a bit, enjoying some of the street acts and some food before heading back to Southampton. A great day, well spent with great friends. I can’t wait for more adventures. Until next time :). Stay Chic, S.