Stonehouse is a small town about 30 minutes by car from Cheltenham, where we stayed. We didn’t get to venture out around the town, but the drive and the views from the office were breathtaking!
The drive to Storehouse took us through a town called Stroud. Fan fact about Stroud: there is a street with one lane for traffic going both ways! A light helps direct the traffic and drivers know not to run a red light here :).
One evening on a work day I got to escape to Bristol to see old family friends whom I haven’t seen since I was a teenager. Unfortunately work ran a little late and I didn’t get to Bristol until after dark and only had 2 hrs in the city, but I still got a glimpse of the city and what it’s like to be in Bristol.
Train ride one way from Cheltenham to Bristol was £9 (which is about $13) and took one hour. I left Cheltenham on a 7 pm train and there were many college students and young professionals on the train. I later learned that Bristol is a big college town and many students take the train to other towns for work.
I got out at Bristol Temple Meads train station and waited for my friends to pick me up.
There was a queue for taxi.
Then my friends took me around the town. Compared to Cheltenham Bristol felt much bigger, newer, and more fast-paced, but still had the European charm to it.
Redcliffe Back – Prince Street
We walked through the Queen’s Square where the streets of the park are shaped like the UK flag.
Anchor Road @ Denmark Street
For dinner we stopped at Aqua restaurant at Welsh Back Harbourside. I had the Baked Cod, which was overcooked… but I was hungry and we were limited on time, so I ate it. 🙂 The restaurant looked really nice, so I guess I expected more from the food.
After dinner we rushed to get me back on the last train to Cheltenham, which leaves at 10pm. I already pre-purchased the ticket at Cheltenham, so there was no hassle. This train ride was much emptier than the 7 pm going to Bristol. I got to listen to a guy tell his friend over the phone “thank you” a million times for taking his girlfriend home because he stayed out too late drinking and his car got locked up at a car park overnight.
P.S. I found it interesting that even though majority of people own cars, many still chose to carpool with at least 2 other people. Our colleagues had a pre-determined schedule of who drives each week. Although, I suppose at $7 a gallon for gas (petroleum) it’s not that surprising.