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Trip Report A great time was had in Bath, Salisbury, Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford

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I returned last week from a great trip to England. As usual I travelled with my son who is now 26. He wanted to fly with Virgin Atlantic and it proved to be a great choice. Our flight from Newark Airport was as pleasant as it can be when one is incapable of falling asleep on a plane. Our adventures follow. I like to include a lot of details in the hopes that the information will help someone. I would also like to thank any posters who answered my questions while I was in the planning stages.
Day 1 Heathrow to Bath
Our plan was to take a bus from the airport to Bath. I had decided against taking a train as the bus just seemed easier, no changes. To get to the Central Bus Service Station you have to take a long walk from the terminal, but it’s manageable. The bus itself was very comfortable and the ride was so scenic, loved all the cows, horses and sheep. Our driver actually announced upcoming points of interest, he was super.
Once in Bath we headed to the Henry Guest House, following walking directions provided on their website. Maybe we were just tired or the directions weren’t as clear as they could have been. In any case it took a little longer than I thought it would to find it. We kept asking people if they knew where Henry St was but no one was sure. We dropped off our bags and headed to Sally Lunns for a late lunch. I wanted to go there for high tea and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed the bun and indulged in way too much clotted cream and jam. I also had a tasty carrot soup. My son enjoyed his beef trencher.
After lunch we wandered around to get our bearings. One of the best things about travelling with my son is his ability to quickly remember where things are, I tend to take a little bit longer. Anyway the architecture in Bath is beautiful and this was a nice first walk.
A little rest was in order so we went back to the Henry Guest House to check out our room. This was the first time I stayed in a bed & breakfast so was looking forward to the experience. The furnishings of our room were charming. My only complaint was the squeaking of the wooden floors, not so great for a light sleeper.
In the early evening we went on the Mayor’s free 2 hour walking tour. Our guide was great, he knew so much about Bath’s history and architecture. We saw quite a lot, although the down side of an evening tour was it did start to get dark after about an hour. Towards the end our group walked through a park which was pretty dark and deserted. I mentioned I would never do that in New York City! I highly recommend this tour.It was over at 9 and we headed back to our b&b. We noticed that everything in town was closed for the night. This was a new travel experience for us. Last year we were in Spain where we would only be starting dinner! Anyway it felt good to get the first real sleep I had since leaving home.
To be continued

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