Returning to old haunts- and some good new ones

Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
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Jacqui and Pete's

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Friday, January 4, 2008

I caught the train to Bristol for the weekend. Jacqui greeted me at the station, we picked up some proper West Country doorstep sandwiches and then went to Jacqui's place to eat them, whilst resisting Rosie the beagle's most endearing efforts to look cute and starving. This is something she has had lots of practise at, but I am assured that she is well fed.

Our afternoon consisted of lazing in a spa. We hoped between pools and the sauna. getting the outside hot tub to ourselves as gentle rain fell. It didn't matter, we were wet anyway and the water was warm. It was the perfect spot to catch up on the last couple of years. After our spa, we met Pete and some friends of Jacqui's at a pub near Whiteladies' Road, where I was reaquainted with the joys of proper West Country cider. Delicious! And slightly heady stuff!

The next morning we went out for breakfast in Bedminster, then Jacqui dropped me at Gran-ma's. It was really nice to see her again, and Aunty Jean and her husband came to join us. Mum, Dad, Gavin and Laura had also come down. Later we drove to Nan's, where the rest of the family soon descended, except Naomi who was in Uganda (I think that counts as a valid excuse). Mark taught William how to throw cars down the stairs, Heather traded photography tips and showed me her brilliant artwork, and reminisced previous trips when Russ and Jenny showed us their Peru photos. Norway looks great too...

Mum and Dad headed back to Basingstoke, and I took Rick to meet Jacqui and Pete. The next day was spent showing him Bristol; we walked to Temple Meads, took a water taxi to the SS Great Britain, had a late lunch on the Waterfront, wandered down Park Street and past the Cathedral then quaffed expensive but delicious beers and ciders as we played pool at the Hotel du Vin. The next day Jacqui and Pete headed off to work, we bid Rosie goodbye and drove to Bath. I showed Rick the Crescent and the Circle in steady rain. We trudged to teh Roman Baths and the sun came through. I'm not sure that the history was really Rick's thing, though I loved it as much as ever. We tried the healing waters at the Pump Room (warm, metallic and unpleasant), then had delicious dal bhat at a Nepalese restaurant on Putney Bridge. A miander round the outside of the abbey and we set off, braving the one way system and arriving at Avebury. We explored the stone circle in a golden afternoon light; it was simple but beautiful. Then on through past long barrows, white horses and ancient manmade hills, to the villages of Hampshire, and home.   
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tj91062
tj91062 on

Bristol
Nice to see the photo's of Bristol.
Pity that there was not one of the old steam crane down on the old docks. It needs some restoration but still works,(at least it did a couple of years ago). There is a lot happening down there these days, certainly different to when it was a working dock. I spend a fair bit of time down there.

Kelly Mitchell on

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, am very jealous! We have our own Blog too, www.theholidaycottages.blogspot.com if you want to take a look, or our website which is www.theholidaycottages.co.uk which has hundreds of self-catering properties all over the UK and Ireland for your next trip!

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