Friday 16 May 2014 70 °F
After a fantastic English breakfast in the dining room of Downton Abbey... I mean, The Court B&B, we hit the road in order to explore equally charming areas of the countryside. Traveling the backroads allows one to make unexpected stops, such as when we spotted HUGE airplanes in the middle of Nowhere, England. Apparently these 747's, A319's, A340's, and Lockheed L110 Tristars land on this remote airstrip and are stripped for parts.
The city of Bath was our midday destination. Sue remembered traveling here with some girlfriends about a decade ago. The Roman Baths were first built over 2000 years ago. For the price of admission, we did not receive a bath, but we did get audio guides. Not Rick Steves this time, but for a refreshing change, Bill Bryson! The museum and baths were great, but to confirm Sue's memory, the city itself seemed surprisingly large and ultra-touristy. We were happy to move on to our night's lodging.
Enjoying an ice cream break with Uncle John. Flavor of the day: Clotted Cream (a.k.a. clotted arteries) with Caramel
We are staying in a very comfortable modern hotel room above a pub in the small village of Lacock. Pronounced "lay-cock." Without a smirk. Harry Potter fans might recognize this historic town which served as a backdrop for scenes in three of the films. Photos promised for tomorrow.
Because our room is located directly over the pub, Sue decided to make a private practice room out of our rental car in the pub parking lot. Push the seat back, open the glove compartment for a music stand, insert earplugs, and start honking on Shostakovich. Probably the first time that e-flat clarinet has been heard in this tiny town.
After dinner in the pub with Uncle John, Sue and Dave walked the long way around town and ended up at an inn from the 13th century in order to taste-test some local cider.