Got up super early, headed to the Victoria Station to join this tour! All the places I wanted to go! Very exciting day! Looking out the tour bus window, I saw the countryside of England, so quiet and pretty.
First stop is the Windsor Castle. It is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and it has been home for the British loyalties for almost 1000 years. Her Majesty The Queen spends a fair amount of time here and the castle is used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. Photography was not allowed inside the castle, so I only got one without anyone noticing! Everybody can pick up a recorded audio tour and it explains all the history and significance of different parts of the castle in detail. Because this tour included a lot of places in one day, and the castle is huge, so I was kinda in a hurry to walk through the castle, and couldn't enjoy as much. I would suggest that if you have time, you should probably take a half day just to explore the castle. It'd be worth it.
Next stop is Stonehenge. It is believed that it was constructed from 3000 to 2000 BC, and it is still a mystery how it was constructed and what it was used for. It was not as big as I thought, but still very cool to see. You cannot walk between the stones like I imagined it because they want to protect the site as much as possible. Too bad it was not a sunny day and I could not see the alignments, but it would be hard to see anyways in the middle of the day. I would suggest taking a sunrise or sunset tour if that is something you would like to see.
Last stop of the tour, the Roman Baths. Bath is a city, and the Roman Baths is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing in the city. Because of the natural hot spring in the city, it was developed to be the spot for hot spa, and hence the name. Besides the actual Roman Baths complex, the whole city was just beautiful, filled with history. A lot of the buildings can date back to the 16th - 18th centuries. It's almost like I went back in time! It was enchanting.
The bus tour guide suggested this place for fish and chips. Well, can't say I have been to London without trying their fish and chips, right? The place is called Bag O' Nails, and the fish and chips was okay (if this is the best, can't imagine what other places taste like). I was told not to expect too much in England when it comes to food, so I have been warned. The portion is definitely big enough to feed 2 people, and I was so stuffed. What's the plan tomorrow? Oxford! I struggled between Oxford and Cambridge because I only had time to go to one. I was very into Harry Potter back in the day, so I kinda really wanted to see the site where it was shoot, so I went for Oxford instead of Cambridge. But that's just me, and most reviews suggested Cambridge might be a better choice. Oh well, there's always a next time!