The Wandering Gujju, Day 2: Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge

Our trip continued on Day 2 with a tour of Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge. Our Coach left for Victoria Coach Station. The coach was clean and comfortable. We also had a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable about the sites we would be visiting.

WINDSOR CASTLE

First stop was Windsor Castle. Honestly, the tour that we took was too short. We literally had less than an hour at Windsor Castle. Half an hour was spent in line waiting to enter and then we had about 45 minutes to explore the state rooms, grab lunch, and return to our bus. Sadly, I can barely remember what I saw inside the State Rooms because it was so rushed and everything is a blur. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside either upon the Queen’s request.

However, I do remember the beauty of the castle from the outside. Queen Elizabeth II spends more time here than she does at Buckingham Palace. On this particular day, she was on vacation in Scotland. I wouldn’t recommend booking the tour just because it was so rushed. If you’re not into exploring places in detail then this tour may work for you since we only saw the highlights.

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Windsor

 

BATH

Bath was a really nice town. It was a beautiful drive up the mountain. We had the opportunity to see the country side of England. We also saw Bristol from a distance. The buildings are all a similar yellowish color built for the rich from the 18th century. Exploring the Roman baths was an interesting experience. Everything was so well preserved. We had the opportunity to try purified water from the Baths.

I’ve seen ruins of the Roman Empire not only in Italy, but also in England and Spain now. It’s truly amazing how large their empire was and to see the ruins helps make these connections.

 

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Bath

Our tour guide warned us that we shouldn’t touch the water since it’s filled with bacteria and, of course, I ended up accidentally dropping my earphones in there. Luckily, it was the disposable earphone the tour company had provided us.

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Roman Baths

STONEHENGE

I’m not sure why I always wanted to see Stonehenge. I literally shed a tear when I first saw this amazing site in person. I mean a lot of people, mostly Gujaratis, would just say that why would you want to pay to go see a bunch of rocks. Idk maybe I’m not Gujarati enough.

Anyways, we were the last group to have access to Stonehenge. Once we arrived, we unloaded off of our coach to get onto another bus that would drive us to see Stonehenge. This UNESCO World Heritage SiteΒ is actually free to access, but you would have to walk the 1-1.5 miles to get there.

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This concluded our tour and we headed back to London. We decided that we wanted to head back to Soho tonight and find a nice restaurant.

Trip Advisor helped me find a nice gem called “The Banana Tree“, specializing in food from the Indochina region. We tried the blackened monk noodles and the Tamarind Spicy Eggplant with a side of jasmine rice. My tastebuds were doing a happy dance! πŸ˜€ They had this delicious chili oil that really helped spice things up as well.

I think this was a successful day! πŸ™‚

Have you visited these places? Share your experience with me in the comments!

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Blackened Monks Noodles

 

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Tamarind Spicy Aubergine (Eggplant)

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