Day Trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock, and Bath, 2012

 

We visited some of the beautiful spots in the UK on our second day; we left our hotel early in the morning to catch the bus at London Victoria Coach Station.

Started the day with a visit to Windsor Castle; unfortunately, The Queen wasn’t there. 😀  The tour guide whisked us to the breathtaking State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, the resting place of Henry VI and to the Queen Mary’s Dolls House.  And to top it off we witness the parade of Regiments and Bands who were scheduled to change the Castle Guards.  I heard it is by schedule, so glad we saw the elegant ceremony.  It was lovely!

“Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.  The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres).”

Then we headed to the magical spot in the UK – the Stonehenge, before noon. The Stonehenge is most probably more magical at dusk or dawn. We had our lunch to one of the local restaurants in a quiet and quaint medieval village of Lacock. The group had enough time to walk around the village after lunch and before proceeding to the last stop of the tour.

Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to erect.  Located in southern England, it is comprised of roughly 100 massive upright stones placed in a circular layout.”

“Lacock village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations. The village’s most famous appearances include ‘Downton Abbey’, the BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Cranford’, and the films ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Wolfman’.”

Our final stop was the stunning city of Bath, the first city in the UK to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We had a fantastic 30-minute walking tour under the rain while marvelling to its grand Georgian architecture.  😍

I admire the old architecture so much that I have to walk around every city that I visited to satisfy the thirsty soul.  😀

“Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths.”

-aeL ❤

“Traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”  ― G.K. Chesterton

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