Catching up slowly
Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
39Trip End Apr 05, 2010
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We took a circular route out of Cardiff. That way we felt like we'd seen something right? It's all a bit sad really....we saw Millennium Stadium with glee (yay home of Welsh Rugby!) and of course Cardiff Castle as we drove past. It would've been good to visit the castle, considering its 2000 year history dating back to the Romans in 55 - 400 AD when they established the area and built a fort on the site. And, then the progression through this. But, alas neither the time nor the energy at this point.
Sadly, we were meant to take a further circular route via Tintinull in Somerset to a local pub that G & E had told us had the most marvelous ribs. Nigel had been so keen on these, that he'd actually made Megan adapt their itinerary in the first place to include it. Alas, with such a poor stomach we didn't think this would be overly advisable and we detoured. Meaning we needed to do something to fill our time.
What else but go via Bath? Megan had driven through it on her last trip, but late in the day and thus too late to see anything. So this was the perfect opportunity! We rolled into Bath near to lunch time, and found a parking and quickly mossied on over to the central part of Bath to where the Abbey and Roman Baths were located. Where luckily for us there was a mass of school children on an excursion to the Baths! oh joy - on a plus side we were feeling better.
The Abbey itself was pretty spectacular. It is still active an Christian church situated at the heart of the city, it runs services, concerts and exhibitions so it's something to look at. It was originally founded in 1499, it stands on the site of an earlier Norman Cathedral (1090) which was on the site of the original Abbey Church built in the 8th century that was pulled down by Norman conquerors.You get a pretty good view of the abbey from the square in front of it as well as from the walkway around the Roman Baths.
When we went into the baths, Nigel was amused to be told that he could take as many pictures as he liked as long as he did not use his tripod. ??excuse us no tripod....ok
Nothing was said about (a) his flash (b) his little beaniepod......evil thoughts ran through his mind. However, due to his illness Nigel stuck to just hand held shots. They were enough really. We wandered around trying to keep clear of the school children, only encountering them on one occasion so that was pretty successful. There were of course many parts of the place that were closed off to renovation (as with everywhere - it is off peak season so they have to do the work sometime) but we still got a pretty good experience. The Roman Baths themselves are below street level but you start out above it overlooking a bath and its statues surrounding, the buildings above street level date from the 19th century. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. It was all rather interesting, and quite warm in places where they are funneling the natural hot spring!
After we finished we headed back to the car and began our journey to Salisbury. Adapted our original plans and headed to Salisbury Cathedral prior to going to the accommodation. The attraction to this Cathedral is firstly its immensity (this building started in 1220) and secondly the opportunity to view the best preserved original copy of the Magna Carta. We looked at the immensity and didn't view the Magna Carta! we couldn't handle anymore by the time we'd taken a few photos. We were both bone tired, starting to feel off colour and just wanted to rest again. Which is disappointing of course but you can't do more than your body allows can you?
Rokeby was huge! its got 10 bedrooms, and 4 levels, and has an extensive history which you can read about in the booklets provided in your rooms if you ever visit. But, it was what our bodies needed a good and comfortable place to rest!
And – as will be always, the best photos will be found on Nigel’s flickr once we get a chance to edit and upload them! obviously our poorly states have limited our photo editing!