Chris and I traveled to England this year to celebrate our ten year anniversary. TEN YEARS! We always try to take a trip with just the two of us in between each baby that comes, and celebrating our anniversary with it sounded like a great idea.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17
Here you can see the River Thames and the London Eye, etc.
Regent's Park and Hyde Park.
While waiting in line to pass through customs, we creeped on Donny Osmond, who had been on our plane.
Then we rented a car and drove two hours straight to Bath. Chris was a rockstar, driving a stickshift with the wrong hand on the wrong side of the road. He had done it before on his mission in New Zealand, but still! It was a little stressful, and we both had to be on high alert as we drove.
The next morning we ate an English breakfast at our hotel -- our first one! Eggs, sausages, bacon and beans. Then we checked out, put our bags in the trunk and walked down the road to take a look at the first Rugby Pitch in England which is located in Bath.
We also crossed the River Avon, which was lovely, and winds all the way up the country to Shakespeare's birthplace which we visited later.
Then it was off to Stonehenge. It took us about an hour to get there, driving through the rolling countryside, and it was beautiful.
Here's our closest shot of the stones. They don't let you walk in between them any more because it was causing erosion of the soil and vandalism of the stones was occurring. But I felt like this was close enough for me.
If you turn around while you're looking at Stonehenge, you can look down the valley and see huge burial mounds in the distance. There are several hundred burial mounds surrounding Stonehenge. Bizarre!
After we visited Stonehenge, we drove about an hour north to Avebury, which is another stone circle like Stonehenge, but with a larger diameter, and you're allowed to walk right up to the stones! It's actually the large stone circle in all of Europe. A village was actually built right through part of the circle. When they started digging the foundation for a building, they realized they were digging into the burial mound that completely surrounds this whole stone circle, so they stopped and made a museum from the artifacts they found.
This is the walkway leading up to the Avebury museum. So beautiful.
We had to walk through a gate into a pasture, essentially, with sheep walking all around, to get to the Avebury stone circle. Isn't it beautiful? In this picture you can see the circle and then off to the right where it slopes up is the burial mound that runs all the way around the perimeter.
Then we hopped in the car and headed toward The Cotswolds...