**This is a post copied over from my old blog and has been edited**
On the second day of my trip to London, I took a day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath from London. Like my day trip to Blarney Castle, I booked through a company, this time through Premium Tours.
This was probably one of the most stressful (now hilarious) portions of my trip. I was with a friend and we left the hostel with an hour and a half to travel to the bus station where our tour would be departing. We decided to take the bus there from our hostel, but at 8 am (we needed to be at Victoria Coach Station at 8:10 am) we realized that we were too far away to get there on time. So, we decided to sprint to the bus station, but we were still halfway across London. We popped into the Ritz and asked to use their phone to call the tour group. We get ahold of the tour group and she says “sorry, you’ll have to reschedule.” We were only in London for one more day, so we didn’t think that that was an optioN!
I asked (okay, maybe begged) to see if they could pick us up somewhere else. The receptionist said that they could pick us up at Harrod’s, but that we’d have to take a taxi to get there on time. We sprinted out to the street, the doorman got us a taxi, and we got to Harrod’s….right as a Premium Tour Bus is driving by. Because we thought it was our tour bus, we chased after them. We then proceeded to panic for the next ten minutes before I went across the street and a nice gentleman lent me his phone. I called the tour company again, and the woman said “don’t worry, they’ll be there soon!” Right as she said that, my friend bangs on the door to tell me that they’re here, so we sprint across the street and get onto the bus! We boarded the bus with all of the other travelers (mostly middle aged or retired seniors) glared at us as we boarded…
It was nice that most of the groups that were there were smallish tour groups, so it never really felt like we were standing right on top of each other, as we did at Buckingham Palace.
Our final stop in Bath was for High Tea before we headed to Stonehenge. This was another “must have” experience and I must admit that it was much more enjoyable than my fish and chips. We split the lunch and it came with a cup of tea, a tier of finger sandwiches, shortbreads, and cakes. There was also a number of teas to choose from.
Even though we did not have much time here, it was still a really interesting place to be. It’s amazing to me that anthropologists still aren’t sure about the purpose of Stonehenge. I would love to return during one of the solstices to see the sun align perfectly with the stones!