Monday, May 21, 2012

Travel to UK

After buying some food to cook for dinner which consisted of oven roasted chicken and lamb, hake in escabeche (which I brought from home specially for Mel), starters of fresh anchovies (which I also made from home), jamon serrano, lomo (pork loin), cheese, all from Madrid and some canned roasted vegetables, we gathered around the table with Andy's family.  His brother Duncan with wife Penny and son Sam brought a rhubarb pudding with custard on top.  It was delicious.  We had a good time chatting and eating.

The next day we headed to Chippenham, where Mel's Pinay friend Sara lives with her husband Mark.  They invited Mel and Andy to sleep over while Mel paid for our lodging in a B&B hotel.  It was a very nice and clean hotel close to where Mel and Andy stayed.  We dropped our luggages in the hotel before we went to a city called Bath.
Bath is surrounded by lovely rolling countryside. Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath is the UK's only World Heritage City. It also has Britain's only natural thermal spa.  Too bad we were not able to see it inside since it was already closed when we arrived.

We also saw these:

Pulteney Bridge, together with the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, is one of the world's most beautiful bridges. Like the Ponte Vecchio it is one of a handful of historic bridges in the world with shops built into it.  In spite of its practical origins it is surely the most romantic bridge in the world

The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses laid out in a crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom. The buildings have been used as a location for several films and television programs.

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England. Founded in the 7th century, Bath Abbey was reorganised in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries; major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s. It is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country.  We were not able to see the interior as it was already closed when we arrived.

We ended up the day with dinner in one of the pubs.  Great day!

Source:  Wikipedia

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