It seems that I just couldn’t stay away from England during these 7 months of backpacking. I went for a third trip to meet up with a girl I met in Rome that lives in Dallas and was in London for her birthday. One of the best things about traveling is seeing some of the people you have met along the way in a different city.
My friend was smart of enough to check out Groupon and find a deal for a tour called England in a Day. The tour took us to Stonehenge, Bath and Stratford which is a lot of driving but a nice way to see England in a day.
Stonehenge was never really on my list of things to see and I was told to not go out of my way to visit. But it was included on the tour and I am thrilled I got to stop off and play at this awesome pile of rocks. The history and folklore behind everything makes the site a fun little stop.
Next up was a quick stop in Bath for lunch. Bath is a quaint town with not much to do unless you take a day and book some spa treatments. We walked around for a bit and found a pub for some lunch and delicious cider.
We had a little issue with our bus and it broke down on the side of the road. He hit a tree which cracked the side mirror and it is the law that you cannot drive with a cracked mirror. We had to wait for a bit and missed the opportunity for our Shakespeare play in Stratford. However, we were able to take a picture at his birthplace and walk around the area. If we had more time, I think Stratford would have been a great place to be in for a while.
I have not done a ton of set tours on this trip, but have found the ones that I have done are very useful for assisting with complicated transportation and the ease of not thinking about time tables and just how to get to where you are going. They also help break up the days of planning that cut into travel time!