The smartest thing we did that week was hire a car and driver for the trip from Bournemouth to Bath. Steve Anderson proved to be the perfect asset to make that trip a memorable one. (Steve, being Canadian by birth and having lived in England for decades… also served as translator… otherwise we would have never known that “ain shent raymond bah-thus” meant “ancient Roman baths” in American English.)
The experience was the ideal alternative to hiring a self-drive car – in which case I would have been totally focused on driving ‘English style’ on the left side of the road… missing out on the wonderful sites along the way.
Picked up at our hotel.. we were quickly educated on possible routes to Bath. Our preference was the most scenic.. with maximum photo opportunities.
Having a driver/guide’s assistance in securing tickets to attractions, avoiding long lines and finding the best off-the-beaten-path establishments for lunch, drinks, etc. was invaluable.
To contact Steve regarding his private driver/guide services – Steve.Anderson111@btinternet.com
The basecamp for our week in the south of England was a wonderful, brand spanking new Hampton by Hilton in Bournemouth. (Bournemouth is a beach resort city on the south coast of England, midway between Southhampton and Brighton.) Stay tuned for a full review of the city of Bournemouth… as well as the hotel itself.
Here’s a direct link to hotels in Bournemouth – the new Hampton should appear at the top of this list.