Here we are, all packed and ready to head to the airport! I’m not sure which was more involved–packing for a romantic getaway while keeping our checked luggage under 15 kg each, or packing for four small children to spend 12 days away from home, one of whom has special dietary requirements. Add to that last-minute shopping, cleaning the house, and two nights of VBS…you may not see it in this picture, but I was quite exhausted and ready for a relaxing break.
I knew this part would be hard! Some of the children took it more to heart than others. It was a very strange experience to say goodbye to them and get on that bus…the only time we’ve really every been separated from them overnight was when I was in the hospital…giving birth isn’t exactly what I would call a respite!
The plane…six hours of trying to sleep, and the surreal experience of dozing on and off when it’s really just 8 pm back home yet 3 am at the airport where soon we would be landing. Despite my sleeping mask, earplugs, and a half dose of tylenol pm, I still only remember sleeping a few minutes at a time.
Here we are, ensconced in our rental car…happy to have been bumped up to a Mercedes free of charge! This was one of the only qualms we had concerning this trip–would Jay be comfortable driving? Fortunately, getting out of Heathrow and onto a major road was really easy from where we rented the car, so he had nearly two hours of wide, straight, divided road on which to adjust. Then we hit the outskirts of Bath with sketchy directions to our guesthouse, and he proved himself confident and capable, navigating the narrow and often unmarked streets, taking roundabouts with ease, and finally bringing us to our destination. Travelling over for now! Time to park that car and let the adventure really begin!
Bath…so beautiful! Even the rain couldn’t detract from the charm of this compact, lovely city. After all, “it always rains in Bath”…right? There are 700 shops in town, and yet you could walk from end to end within a few hours…less if you didn’t stop. But then who wouldn’t stop? Bistros, boutiques, a stunning Abbey, the amazing Roman Baths, tea rooms, gift shops, the Jane Austen Centre, and incredible architecture…we took in the city within 24 hours. “Bath is incomparable!”
A highlight of our stay in Bath…tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel. Once we settled in at the guesthouse and freshened up a bit, we hit the streets for a quick tour, dashing in to an Orange store for a cheap pay-as-you-go cell phone, and then speed walking to the Royal Crescent to make our reservation for Afternoon Tea. We were led through a lovely garden to a terrace where we sat under an umbrella as intermittent rain showers continued to fall. Plaques on the wall here and there noted stays by royalty. We sipped tea and nibbled on sweets and sank back into our chairs, finally starting to feel refreshed and relaxed.
The Chestnuts House, where we enjoyed a comfortable stay in lovely surroundings and a fantastic breakfast served in a sunny room by our friendly host. I highly recommend it if you are ever in Bath.
From here, we set off on our long drive north to the Lake District…