Another awesome week – we finally made it to Bath, spent a bit more time in Bristol, then headed back to Chertsey for the wedding. It was great to spend time with family and everything went well on the day. We’re now in France, relaxing in the French Alps.

5/7 Monday I’d been wanting to visit Bath for about four years, partly because I’d heard it was beautiful, and partly because it features heavily in Jane Austen’s books (which I love). Well, on Monday we finally made it. We took the train from Bristol, where we were staying with Heather Cowper, and arrived at about 11.30.

We headed straight to the Roman Baths then followed a Jane Austen audio tour around the main sights of the city – which lined up pretty exactly with what Heather had recommended. The Georgian architecture was incredible, and I finally got to see a haha. We had an excellent coffee at Colonna and Smalls before heading back to Bristol.

It was Heather‘s birthday, so in the evening we had a nice dinner with the family, then Heather, Craig and I ensconced ourselves in the office to record a podcast for Heather’s site.

6/7 Tuesday We had planned to visit the Georgian House and the Red Lodge on our last day in Bristol, but they were both closed for works. Makes sense, refurbishing in the middle of the tourist season … we walked up a nearby hill to see Cabot Tower – it was also closed. Amazing. We walked to the train station by way of Wetherspoons for a cider, and had an uneventful trip back to Chertsey.

After a day of work in Chertsey we headed into London for the afternoon and evening. We didn’t want to take on too much, so we just visited the museum of war which was nearby – not the one I would have chosen, but it was really interesting. We also visited the Tibetan peace gardens and wandered along the Queens Walk after a drink in the Hole in the Wall. There was a performance being held outside the National Theatre, and the audience were under the stage, it looked really interesting.

8/7 Thursday Like all weddings, there was a fair bit to do the day before, so we tried to help Gail and Kevin knock off some of the more important things. In the evening we went to the wedding venue for a pre-wedding dinner with Gail and Kevin’s family and closest friends, which meant we got to see most of Craig’s dad’s side of the family.

9/7 Friday Finally, the day of the wedding arrived. We spent the morning sleeping in then making ourselves pretty, then headed out to Foxhills where the wedding was being held. It was a gorgeous day and Gail and Kevin got married with no problems.

The reception went well too – the speeches were interesting and the food was good. We’d been given a room at the hotel as a birthday present from Craig’s parents, so we could spend time there in the gaps between events – in fact we recorded a podcast between the service and the reception.

10/7 Saturday After a comfortable night at Foxhills, we headed back to Gail and Kevin’s to set up for a family barbecue. It was nice to have an informal event with everyone from Craig’s dad’s side of the family, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

11/7 Sunday The last few days had been pretty busy, so we decided to have a lazy one – we got up, spent far too long packing our bags, and flew to France. Hmm, maybe it’s not as lazy as it could have been!

We got picked up at Geneva airport by Wink Lorch, we’re staying at her chalet in the French Alps, which is right on the Tour de France route, so we’ll get to see that go past on Tuesday. We spent the evening with Wink and her partner Brett, eating delicious Spanish food and drinking perhaps a bit too much local wine.

Your thoughts on "Travel diary: Almost exclusively England (but not quite)"

  • So glad you wrote this. I'll be heading to England in about a week and doing a day trip to Bath. Will check out the Jane Austen tour. Thanks!

    on July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm Reply
  • We have visited Bath often, and it is one of my favourite cities in the UK .. take a look around the shops, pavement cafés and olde worlde pubs, aswell as the incredible Roman Baths.. well worth a visit.

    on January 24, 2012 at 8:30 am Reply

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