Date: 13th August 2006
Place – Stonehenge, Salisbury cathedral, Bath
Continuing from my previous post, where we had booked the tickets for a packaged tour. This post is about the single day extravaganza, if I can call it so.
The day started early, we were expected to be at the starting point at 8:30 AM, near Victoria Bus terminus in London. During the course of the tour we (occupants of our bus) had a running commentary by our exclusive guide, of the sights we encountered in the journey.
Stonehenge was supposed to be the first place in this one day event. I was well read about the history; enigma; importance (lack of it) of this place. I will cut out the details of the same as it can be very easily googled.
Half the people who visit this place don’t have any clue what to expect, the other half don’t care. I was well warned not to expect much. This place is given more hype just to fuel the tourism industry. We were given 45 minutes to go around the arrangement of stones. Anyway, with so many people come to the same place, I wouldn’t have enjoyed spending more than the allocated time also.
From here we went to Salisbury cathedral. I intentionally got lost from the group. Again in the given time duration I couldn’t explore much by myself. The cathedral boasts the tallest church spire in the UK.
The magnificent hallway
Stained glass Window
This is the second such photo I’m putting up in my blog and one of the very few pictures on which I have done digital post processing on to enhance the effect.
The last place was Bath. Odd name to a place, I was sure the name meant something else in some other language I did not know of, but no, it meant the same Bath that I knew of. This city is famous for its hot springs. This is one of the most beautiful cities I had seen till date during my stay in UK. But, the tragedy of this tour package meant that we got the least amount of time to explore around. In the time given we had neither the spirit nor the energy to walk a few hundred yards from where our bus was parked.