Wanderlust Wednesday: Stonehenge & Bath

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series on the blog where we discuss travel blunders, tips, and my insatiable wanderlust. So pack your bags and let’s get wandering.

Today’s segment of Wanderlust Wednesday takes us to the mysterious and mythical site of Stonehenge and the beautiful city of Bath, England. An easy day trip from London, these two magnificent sites are not to be missed. So hop on a coach tour and enjoy the ride through the beautiful countryside.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a puzzle that still seems to have people stumped. While there are many theories about the stone circle, there are still so many unanswered questions. How did the stones get there? How was the circle constructed? And why?

Despite the ancient mystery shrouding Stonehenge, I feel that the site is akin to the Grand Canyon. It’s highly anticipated, but very little time is actually needed to take in the grand display. Even so, it’s still worth it to contemplate the enigma in person. Then you can head on over to Bath!

Stonehenge England

Stonehenge, London Day trips

Bath, England is a beautiful and historic spa city located 100 miles west of London and 15 miles south-east of Bristol. Famous for its hot springs, Roman period baths, Medieval heritage and Georgian architecture, Bath offers a little something for everybody to enjoy.

What to do in Bath England

Bath, England

Bath Abbey, Roman Baths

Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. The gorgeous details are evident throughout the Abbey with the fan vaulted ceilings really taking center stage.

Not only is the Abbey’s architecture a wonder to behold, but the history of the building and site have a magnificence that is all their own. Monuments and memorials fills the Abbey providing you with hours of exploration.

Bath England

Bath-Abbey

Bath England

Bath England

London Day Trips

Hanging in the Abbey is an American flag that was gifted to the people of Bath in 1946 for their service during the second World War. But what makes this flag extra special is the number of stars: 48.

Bath Abbey, England

Next to the Abbey stands the 2000 year old Roman Bathhouse. If your interested in seeing just how the Romans (and ancient visitors) cleaned up, then this just might be the place for you. Audio headsets are available to provide historical insight as you wander through the Baths. Or if you prefer a live tour guide, the staff offers tours every hour.

While you can’t enjoy a nice long soak (I mean, look at that water!), you can behold many treasures throughout the Roman Baths. However, if you do want to do as the Romans did and enjoy a quick dip, you can visit the Thermae Bath Spa.

Roman-Bath---Wanderlyn

Bath England

If you’re spending some time in Bath, I’d recommend just wandering around the city and taking in all its iconic landmarks such as The Royal Crescent and The Circus. Those who prefer a little more of an intellectual tour might enjoy the Jane Austen Museum or the Hershel Museum of Astronomy.

Austen lived in Bath from the years 1801 to 1806 making her one of the cities most famous residents. In addition, the city also housed William Hershel and his sister Caroline, who made grand contributions to the world of astronomy. It was at his home, which is now the museum, where he discovered the planet Uranus.

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent

Bath England

Visiting Stonehenge and Bath is an incredible experience filled with history, relaxation, architecture and mystery. There’s a little bit of something for every one of your moods. So make sure to spend a day or two filling your brain with knowledge, relieving your stress at the spa and reveling in the awesome architecture.

Have you walked the streets in Bath or pondered the mysteries at Stonehenge? What tips would you offer other visitors?

Note: Some photos may have been grabbed from friends after our joint travels.
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A Letter to Monday

A Letter to Monday, Monday Blues

Monday,

We meet again, my old foe. After a 2 day love-affair with my pillow, you came along and ripped me away from it in the wee hours of the morning. Did you learn nothing from Romeo and Juliet? Coming between two lovers is bound to have catastrophic effects. Random snooze fests during the day where I dream of my beloved pillow. Endless yawns that never seem to fade. Constant longing and questioning, “Where for art thou, pillow?” And a zombie like trance that I can only assume will land me a part in The Walking Dead.

Oh, Monday. As if the trauma of leaving my lovely pillow behind isn’t enough, my two days of freedom seem to have disappeared. The glorious days of sleeping in past 5:30 AM and binge watching Netflix seem so far in the past thanks to you. Now, I must rise before the sun kisses the sky good morning. And I must reluctantly accept adulthood and responsibility into my life. I suppose there really is ‘no rest for the wicked,’ especially when you ‘have bills to pay.’ And are a notorious insomniac.

That’s right, Monday. I’m heartbroken and sleep deprived. Please, be kind to me and all the rest who are mourning the weekend today.

Sincerely,

A girl in love with her pillow

If Monday was an actual person, what would you tell it today? Would you ask Monday to go easy on you?

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Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday, Eternally Wanderlyn Birthday

A year ago today, I couldn’t wait to hit publish on my very first post introducing Eternally Wanderlyn and myself to the world. My hope was to create a place that would inspire women to embrace self-love and acceptance, while encouraging them to create the lives they want to live. I wanted to nourish their diverse interests in travel, food, beauty, and all things geeky.

There is beauty in being  exactly who you are without apology or shame. And I wanted to encourage women to embrace this beauty.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish in 12 months. I took part in the Love EVERY Body workshop where I was able to meet some wonderful people in the blogging community who have encouraged me and rooted for me. I’ve become an expert in SEO and keyword researching, while also learning a little about design on the side. Granted, there was a lot of trial and error, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now. I haven’t broken my blog yet, so I’ll call that a win for the year.

This past year I’ve also offered y’all a brief glimpse into my life and mind. I introduced you to my version of motherhood, while also revealing why I don’t want kids. I shared all the stereotypes that I’ve encountered about bisexuals and feminists. And I even told you about the time I fell down a flight stairs walking INTO a bar. But, of course, one of my favorite posts had to be ogling Adam Levine at the Maroon 5 concert. I mean, hello!

Overall, the past year has been an incredible learning experience, and I want to celebrate this milestone with all of you! In honor of my blog birthday, I am paying forward the kindness that was shown to me this past year by Kate and Adam of The Florkens. They offered a few bloggers, myself included, a free spot on their sidebar for a month. So now I’m doing the same.

I’m offering 5 free Middle Child ad spots to the first 5 people to claim them in the comments section below. My hope is that all of you will pay it forward in the future. So hurry and claim your spot on my sidebar! :D Make sure to include an email address where I can reach you.

To everyone who has visited my blog this past year, I send all my thanks and love! I appreciate your support more than you know. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

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