30.10.2012 - 30.10.2012
The alarm woke both of us up this morning. We actually slept very well and have finally adjusted to the time difference just in time to leave. We cleaned up and had a quick breakfast before walking to the rental car place. We ended up with a little Peugeot 107. It is bright blue and very cute. We got the Sat Nav system which is priceless or we would never have made it out of London central! On the highway things move at a fast clip and even on the back roads we seem to be moving fast. Glenn has done real well with keeping us on the left side of the road. I slept a bit on our first drive.
We started out by going to Avebury which was about 2 hours away from London. It is the largest rock ring structure in the world. The stones are just in farmers' fields with sheep grazing about. We got there with perfect timing and very few people. By the time we left the parking lot was crowded and it would have been difficult to get pics of the stones without others among them. We walked among the stones taking lots of pictures and getting to touch the stones and watching out for sheep poop. It was a great way to start our road trip. They had an old farm house there and a little cafe so we bought some coffee and sat outside and drank it. Glenn thought it was the best coffee of our trip. We were lucky and the sun was out most of the time we were there. This has been gorgeous weather.
After Avebury, which is one of the sites the concierge told us about, we headed to Stonehenge which was only 45 minutes further. On our way we passed several signs which I have never seen before..."Tank Crossing"! We were near their military firing ranges. Glenn couldn't believe they would let them fire tanks only a couple of miles from Stonehenge.
Once again timing was perfect at Stonehenge and there were no tour buses and not a lot of people. By the time we left there were 7 tour buses! Stonehenge was absolutely amazing to see. I really wanted to walk among the rocks but they only allow that in very special groups and not in the month of October at all. You could get fairly nearish in some areas. But it also kept people from getting in your pictures. It is an amazing sight to see those huge stones placed in the ground and on top of each other knowing that it was done without the use of heavy machinery. It is also cool that it just sits our in a field with nothing else around it. We went to the gift shop and did the tourist thing. We bought a few souvenirs which we really haven't done much of. We got to try their wine and liquors that are made specially for them. They were yum! We headed out next to Castle Combe.
The road to Castle Combe looked like a movie set. The fall colors and green fields. It is beautiful here and the sun keeps peaking out. We are planning on having a late lunch at Castle Combe which the concierge also recommended as a quaint picturesque old English village.
Castle Combe was way way back in the middle of nowhere. If you weren't headed there it was not a place that you would just happen upon unless you were lost or had a satellite navigation system to get you there. It was very quaint and very picturesque just as promised. It would be a great place to come stay at a B&B for a couple of days. There were several walking paths and trails. We stopped first at the White Hart pub and had a yummy lunch. I had a 1/2 pint of cider and Glenn had a1/2 pint of their local brew. The pub was warm with a small fire going and the people were very friendly. I had beef stew and Glenn had pork and currant pie which looked amazing. We were so stuffed when we finished we waddled around the town and took a few pics before heading on the road back to London. Castle Combe was like its own little world and was a great place to stop.
Back on the motorway with all the traffic but nothing compared to India! Glenn did really well driving with only one minor oops so all is good. It was crazy trying to navigate through the city streets to find a petrol station and then where we turn our car in. It was during rushish hour and it was dark and there are so many one way streets and buses and bikers and I was in the car with Glenn and I have no idea how we got to the return place but we did. We have learned our way around on foot and in the tube so getting back to our hotel way easy and getting to the airport tomorrow will be easy too. Neither one of us was hungry after our huge late lunch so we decided to just wait to eat again until breakfast. The evening consists of resting, packing and preparing to leave. It has been a wonderful holiday! Tomorrow's entry will just be reflections on the trip, unless something noteworthy occurs. Good night!