It was the weekend before our finals for the courses we were taking for the first half of the semester, so we thought of taking a trip that would be “lowkey.” What could go wrong?
A few weeks before, we booked a day trip through a bus tour company that would take us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath. We planned to leave at 7:00 a.m. and return back to London by 8:00 p.m. Looming over our heads was Storm Dennis, a hurricane-like storm that was supposed to hit its peak while we were exploring outside of London.
We boarded the bus without a hitch, and since the bus wasn’t very full, we were able to each get a row to ourselves. Ideal napping conditions! It took about 45 minutes to get from London to Windsor Castle, and the weather was holding up nicely.
When we arrived, it appeared that not many people were planning on touring Windsor, probably due to the storm, which worked in our favor because it wasn’t too crowded! We went into the state apartments, but no photography was allowed. However, I was able to see many famous paintings inside that were discussed in my AH381 course on British Paintings from 1500-1900. This was a perfect way to review for my upcoming exam.
After, we continued to explore the grounds before it was time to continue onto our next sight. We waited to see the changing of the guard, grabbed a quick eggs benny, and then went back to the bus.
During the ride to Stonehenge, the storm picked up drastically. At one point, it was practically impossible to see outside of the windows. Once we got to Stonehenge, the storm was at its peak. Needless to say, we got soaked, umbrellas were broken, socks became wet, and our faces were pelted by the aggressive wind-blown rain droplets.
I think this picture says it all. Despite the weather, I was still able to get some awesome pictures of Stonehenge!
And I think I totally nailed it with my “Tower of Pisa” like photo op …
After a nice hot chocolate break, it was time to go off to Bath!
I napped on the way to Bath because the ride was a little longer, plus it had already been a long day. Luckily, the weather cleared up a lot while asleep, and Storm Dennis was almost done with his destruction.
First, we toured the old Roman thermal natural baths. I took Latin for seven years, so the Roman history nerd in me was geeking out a little.
You can touch the water in the baths, but you’re not allowed to swim in it. It’s natural spring water, but they still discourage you from putting your hands in it for too long.
After exploring the baths, it was time to look around the city of Bath! I ended my day by buying a souvenir mug and some fudge from a local shop.
And of course, as always, the trip back to London proved to go haywire. The windshield wiper on our bus broke on the way back, during the remainder of Storm Dennis, so our bus was delayed and had to stop for repairs. But we got lucky, because the bus dropped us off by the Gloucester Road station, which is about two blocks from our dorm, instead of Victoria Station, which would have required us to take the Tube back.
Overall, it was a fun day with a great story about visiting Stonehenge in the middle of a torrential downpour. I would definitely recommend this trip for a fun, but short, weekend adventure!
Channing Capacchione, Study Abroad Correspondent
Channing Capacchione is a Junior at Boston University in the College of Communication
studying Advertising and minoring in Sociology. Currently, she is studying abroad in London as
she completes courses and an internship. She loves to try the best restaurants, shop around the
city, explore the coolest neighborhoods, and find cheeky travel tips! Keep up with Channing as
she takes on London and more during her semester abroad.