We had a family emergency that necessitated an emergency trip to the UK at the end of April. Not quite how I wanted to spend the first 2 1/2 weeks of May, really. We budgeted 2 weeks to accomplish all we needed to do, but managed to get all of it done in 10 days. Our options were to move flights forward, or actually spend a couple days doing touristy things. We decided to do touristy things.
First up was a day in Bristol. We stayed at a lovely little B&B right in the heart of Bristol. On Monday we wandered through town and down to the docks. I took a ton of pictures of boats and the docks and the harbor. Initially it was grey with a light drizzle, but it started clearing up around 11.
We visited the ss Great Britain, the first iron hulled ship ever. It was a pretty amazing example of engineering. The ship itself was really neat and a marvel of Victorian engineering. But the lengths they’ve gone through to preserve the ship is also amazing. The ship is parked in a dry dock, with the lower hull separated from the air by a glass roof. There are massive dehumidifiers and air exchangers inside that keep the air dry enough to stop the ship from rusting.
We spent about 2 hours wandering under, on and inside the ship. There were a couple school classes there, including one dressed in period costumes. They were so adorable, I had to get a couple shots of them.
By that point the stress and jet lag caught up with us and we went back to the room and napped for a few hours. Then we found cocktails and some Indian. It was a very nice, relaxing day out.