Last year we had a horrible trip to Bath. While no one was injured or lost, the day involved more drama than is necessary for one day trip – wrong directions from the GPS, horrible weather (we know now that we should have expected such, living in England and all), a carsick child, not a single place to park our van in all of Bath (again, we know now that we should have expected such a thing, living in England and all!), too little time to see the things we wanted to see (what with all the driving around to find a car park and all), and finally siting on the closed motorway for 2 hours on the way home. And to top it off, our British friends laughed at us when we told them that we tried to go to Bath for a day trip. Out loud, they laughed.
What we learned: Things that would be an easy day trip in America are not so here.
What we did: We planned another trip to Bath this year, same weekend – different plan! This time we booked a place to stay – a church built in the 1700’s, graveyard garden, stained glass windows, and all! We planned a much more leisurely pace, and we had a grand time!
Day 1: We drove to Bath, avoiding the roundabouts that caused the carsickness on our previous trip, parked in the Park and Ride outside of town, and once in town toured the Roman Baths:
Day 2: Visit the Cathedral & shop the Christmas Market.
Day 3: Sleep in then drive home the long way, stopping at Stonehenge along the way!
Ah! Much better! (But our friends still bring up the ill-conceived day trip to Bath as proof of our American-ness.)