Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

English Attractions Goodbye London; Gympie Times Reporter Christine Harch Wraps Up Her Five Week Tour of the UK, Ending in London

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

English Attractions Goodbye London; Gympie Times Reporter Christine Harch Wraps Up Her Five Week Tour of the UK, Ending in London

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Nestled between the Cotswolds and the Mendips in South West England, Bath is one of Britain's top 10 tourist cities. Settled by the Celts, it was later occupied by the Romans who built their own temple and spa. By the 17th century Bath had become a fashionable spa resort for aristocrats who flocked to Cytake the waters'. During this time the majority of the city's elegant Georgian buildings and terraces were built.

After leaving Port Isaac in Cornwall, we headed to Minchinhampton in the Cotswold.

From there we did a day trip to Bath Co home of the Jane Austin Centre and the Roman Baths and another day trip to Stone Henge.

As with everywhere, the people we met were wonderful and the scenery breathtaking.

We stayed at The Piccolino, just up from the Paddington railway station, having driven from Minchinhampton to Oxford where we caught the train to London.

The Piccolino was lovely and the staff were just so helpful and nice.

Honestly, if there's a common thread throughout Scotland, Ireland and England, it's that the people are just so lovely.

I can't stress that enough.

One cabbie told us "We really like Australian, you like a drink".

Can't argue with that kind of logic.

We went to some of the places on the Monopoly board Co Park Lane, Oxford Street, Regent Street etc.

As ghastly as the game is, the real places are much nicer.

We went to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square where we purchased tickets to a show called Wicked at The Apollo.

We saw Big Ben, the Tower of London Co Bev and I did a boat trip up the Thames, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street.

Oh, it was wonderful.

Bev and I even went to Harrods Co can't even begin to tell you how huge it is.

It boggles the mind.

And we went to Madame Tussauds House of Wax.

Well worth the hour or so in the queue Co wasn't too sure while we were queuing but in hindsight, it was worth it.

After seeing all the wax replicas of famous people, we did the dungeon tour. …

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