Bristol Clear!

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We have been wanting to go to Bristol for a while now as people will often say, “Oh, you’re from Portland?  You should go to Bristol!”  So we did it!

We drove to Bath and parked the car and then head out to Bristol on a 12 minute train ride.  Apparently, Bristol has the worst gridlock in all of the UK.  We were immediately impressed by the train station designed by Brunel:


Then we walked from the station the “Brunel Mile” and ate some lunch a really nice cafe, that was about two pounds cheaper than London prices!  I would really recommend Spicer and Cole:


Knowing that we were in a music mecca, we decided to stop into one of Bristol’s many record stores, where we purchased three records:


When I asked if they take cards the man said…”Noooooo”.  I can’t believe I even asked.  Given that Bristol has their own currency.  The mayor even gets paid in it!

After a little shopping we couldn’t believe our eyes, when just mere weeks after discovering the Chelsea Physic Garden, we discovered:


Then it was a little walk to see the SS Great Britain, a luxury liner designed by Brunel.  I’m not really a ship enthusiast, so I didn’t take any pictures.  Then we walked back to the train station, where we hopped a train to Bath and spent two glorious hours in the Thermae Bath Spa.  Rick Steeves, in his typical uptight and overly frugal way, absolutely 100% advised against going to this spa.  So when we were here in November, we avoided it.  I have since sent that guide book to the charity shop.  And yes, Andrew and I spent £30 for a two-hour-luxury excursion on the rooftop looking over Bath and a lotus flower smelling steam room that smelled better than anything I have ever smelled.  I don’t care, Rick.

Last but not least, we ate at our favorite restaurant in the UK!  A wonderful dining experience, as usual.  See here for info about Acorn Vegetarian.


It is nice that we have learned to return to places we love.  Too often we become obsessed with trying new things.  But really, it’s nice just to know what you like and love every new experience you have in that same old place.

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