Bath and Wells

Wells

Wells

We were told yesterday they it costs 7 pounds to get to Wells by bus and to pay the driver at departure. I love their mass transit. There are buses or trains everywhere you want to go, and it’s truly inexpensive. When we get on the bus, we tell the driver round trip, so he says, “why not buy an all day pass instead of the ticket to Wells because then you can use the same ticket to get back”. For 3.5p a piece we get to Wells and back again, incredible!
Brain wanted to know why Wells. Well originally we wanted to rent a car, see the Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge, Canterbury, Bath, etc…Then we met Avril, her son and brother who all live in England. They said first off, don’t rent a car. And we understood why today. The roads make no sense, they are a little bigger then one lane, and you have to make way for cars in the other direction. On the bus today, the driver was either in the middle of the rode or literally on the edge of the road. If there happened to be cars would be parked on the side then we would be in the other lane. with traffic he would have to either give way or bully his way past. Once the other guy actually had to back down the road to let us through. They drive fast until they see another car and then either slam on the brakes to give way or the other car does.
That was the 1st advice, then they said you can’t possibly see and enjoy all those places if you are rushing through them. True, Bath has been so nice and relaxing after London. And lastly Avril asked, ” what do you really want to see in England, what do you expect?”
Well I want to see cottages and sheep. I want to have tea in a little shop. See houses all crammed together on cobbled streets. She said, ” Go to Wells”. And she was right.
Wells is another beautiful little city. We head first to the cathedral there. Free, no head sets but guided tours. this one you can take pictures in if you buy a permit. Al gets a permit, but he is warned not to flash. Which is good. That would be scary if he started doing that, in a church no less. Ha, ha!
A nice cathedral, lots of stained glass and more graves. This one also has a pretty cool clock. The clock is just about the oldest mechanical clock in Britain.
When the clock strikes the quarter hour, knights on houses ride out and ride around the clock, and a mechanical man kicks his heels to ring a bell.
We had cream tea again, in a little shop, and there was someone playing the piano there. Bonus! Thanks Avril! We also go into all the little shops. They have something I consider neat here. They have these charity shops, which sell things new or used for hospice care or cancer, or children. They are right beside other shops and you don’t even know your in one until you check a price. Not like a goodwill store, more upscale I think. Also, all volunteers. All the money goes toward thier charity, neat!
We take the bus back to Bath and still have a few hours before our train to London. We walk around town some more. There is a lot we still haven’t seen. We go to see the Circus, which is A housing development built in a circle, on 3 segments of equal length. This was pretty cool.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Circus,_Bath
Then we see the crescent which is a development built in a crescent.
We walk the long way back through Royal Victoria Park which has an arboretum . This was nice. 
If I had to pick between Bath and Wells which one I could go back to, I would pick Bath. No huge Cathedral, but it has all those other things I wanted and more. 
This is our last night in England, we catch our plane home tomorrow! We do have a half day so we may try to squeeze in a museum.
Until then,
Be well.
Cathedral in Bath

Cathedral in Bath

Hallway to restroom

Hallway to restroom

In cathedral, you can see the scissor arch

In cathedral, you can see the scissor arch

How many foot steps does it take to wear down stone steps?

How many foot steps does it take to wear down stone steps?

About the clock

About the clock

The clock

The clock

Behind the cathedral in the Bishops garden

Behind the cathedral in the Bishops garden

Wells

Wells

Back on Bath

Back on Bath

Looking down on the river

Looking down on the river

Bridge in Bath

Bridge in Bath

Corner of Gay st. In the Circus, this is the top of the key shape these buildings form

Corner of Gay st. In the Circus, this is the top of the key shape these buildings form

Center of Circus

Center of Circus

Other side of Circus

Other side of Circus

The crescent

The crescent

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