Here is a trip report for my recent trip to England with RSE. We left on 22 July, the tour started on 24th, and ended on 6 August. I will write a separate reply for each day of the tour. If you have the stomach for it and can last the whole 14 posts, God Bless. :-) Would love any feedback; I'm relatively new at this forum, although I've been traveling for years now.
Pre-Tour Day – ARRIVAL IN UK, BATH ABBEY, SEAFOOD DINNER
We flew Delta First Class from DFW to ATL, then Business Class from ATL to LHR. I can’t say that I was very impressed with their service. But I slept well on the flight. From LHR, we took the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station (15 minutes) and then caught a train from London-Paddington to Bath and arrived in town with some free time on the day before our tour started. I highly recommend arriving one or two days early (but most of y'all know this already). It is indeed very important to stay awake till at least 9 pm on your first day in a new time zone; you need time to acclimate. We walked around the city and visited Bath Abbey on our own, snapping pics and enjoying the beautiful architecture and stunning fan vaulting. However, we missed Evensong here; the website stated it began at 5:30. However, it actually began at 5 pm, and we missed it. So, it’s best to call a Cathedral before showing up to ensure you have the correct time for Evensong or other programs. On a more positive note, following Evensong, they allowed visitors into the Abbey, and the organist had decided to hang around and practice, so we got an impromptu recital. Serendipity! For dinner, we had booked into the Scallop Shell, an RSE recommendation also suggested by many RSE Travel Forum members. It was a great choice! I tried the Monkfish, and my friend had the lobster. Both delicious. Their Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of the best I’ve ever tried. Great start to our trip!
“Wow” moment: Having Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Scallop Shell – delicious!
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