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Old Dec 15th 2003, 6:54 pm   #1
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I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.

My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I would
love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?
 
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Old Dec 15th 2003, 7:00 pm   #2
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"Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote in message
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    > I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    > My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    > extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I
would
    > love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    > impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?

Canterbury is nice, but very touristy. Bath, on the other hand, is
extraordinary -- truly one-of-a-kind -- and, though visited often by
tourists, not quite so touristy in feel. I'd go for Bath.

 
Old Dec 15th 2003, 7:29 pm   #3
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On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:54:02 GMT, "Westside" <westside@aol.com>
wrote:

    >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral).

But, but... The Canterbury Tales are told by travelers on the
*way* to Canterbury. I should think she'd be more interested in
the death of Thomas a Becket

    >I would
    >love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    >impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?

Bath, actually.


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Old Dec 15th 2003, 9:45 pm   #4
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In article <ujoDb.2030$9s.717277@news3.news.adelphia.net>,
westside@aol.com (Westside) wrote:

    > I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >
    > My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury
    > Tales
    > extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I
    > would
    > love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    > impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free
    > day?

Bath. Canterbury Cathedral is spectacular but Bath works better and is
more interesting as a whole place.
 
Old Dec 15th 2003, 9:48 pm   #5
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"PTRAVEL" <ptravel88-usenet@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    > "Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote in message
    > news:ujoDb.2030$9s.717277@news3.news.adelphia.net...
    > > I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    > >
    > > My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    > > extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I
    > would
    > > love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    > > impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?
    > Canterbury is nice, but very touristy. Bath, on the other hand, is
    > extraordinary -- truly one-of-a-kind -- and, though visited often by
    > tourists, not quite so touristy in feel.

Having lived in both, I disagree with this point. For the locals, Bath
is a tourist hell.

    > I'd go for Bath.

Though I agree here

tim


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Old Dec 15th 2003, 9:52 pm   #6
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<barney@cix.compulink.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > In article <ujoDb.2030$9s.717277@news3.news.adelphia.net>,
    > westside@aol.com (Westside) wrote:
    > > I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    > >
    > > My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury
    > > Tales
    > > extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I
    > > would
    > > love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    > > impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free
    > > day?
    > Bath. Canterbury Cathedral is spectacular but Bath works better and is
    > more interesting as a whole place.

I know this is more than one day but think overnight and do Dover Castle and
Canterbury, both. Stay on the High Street in Canterbury ( the County Inn is
nice), and walk to the cathedral. Enjoy an evening stroll through town and
catch the train to Dover the next day and walk up to the castle, do the
tour, and then take the train back to London.
 
Old Dec 15th 2003, 9:56 pm   #7
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On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:54:02 GMT, "Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote:

    >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I would
    >love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    >impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?
I've been to both (and went to Canterbury for the same reason as your
fiancee). The cathedral in Canterbury is very nice, but overall I
think Bath has more to offer, if you can only visit one of them.
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Old Dec 15th 2003, 10:04 pm   #8
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"tim" <520061495900.removethis@t-online.de> wrote in message
news:brldnc$jgm$00$1@news.t-online.com...
    > "PTRAVEL" <ptravel88-usenet@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:brl3si$4gumv$1@ID-101118.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > >
    > > "Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote in message
    > > news:ujoDb.2030$9s.717277@news3.news.adelphia.net...
    > > > I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    > > >
    > > > My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury
Tales
    > > > extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I
    > > would
    > > > love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are
very
    > > > impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free
day?
    > >
    > > Canterbury is nice, but very touristy. Bath, on the other hand, is
    > > extraordinary -- truly one-of-a-kind -- and, though visited often by
    > > tourists, not quite so touristy in feel.
    > Having lived in both, I disagree with this point. For the locals, Bath
    > is a tourist hell.

I'm sure it is, for the locals. I moved to San Francisco this past summer.
Having visited the city previously as a tourist, I can say that my
perspective is entirely different now that I live here.

It's all relative, though. I'd suspect that Bath is perhaps only the 5th or
6th level of tourist hell, whereas Canterbury must certainly be the 7th.



    > > I'd go for Bath.
    > Though I agree here
    > tim
    > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > >
    > >
 
Old Dec 15th 2003, 10:25 pm   #9
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On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:54:02 GMT, "Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote:

    >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I would
    >love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    >impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?
Bath, the Roman site is spectacular and gives you a lovely perspetive
of what Imperial Rome was capable of so many years ago. Beautiful city
as well.
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Old Dec 16th 2003, 1:05 am   #10
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On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:54:02 GMT, "Westside" <westside@aol.com> wrote:

    >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I would
    >love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    >impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?

I would choose Bath.

Canterbury is well worth visiting, and of course the Cathedral is
steeped in history. So it would be a pleasant visit, should you
decide to go there.

Bath has a cathedral too which is worth visiting. Also you should
see the Roman Baths and visit the Pump room. Treat yourself to a
coffee in the restaurant in the Pump Room. ( Ignore the price and
just soak up the atmosphere, the style of the waiters and waitresses,
and appreciate the live background music - which is usually
classical with a string trio or quartet). Unless you have an
overwhelming desire for the experience I would suggest you ignore
sampling the spa water. It tastes horrible.

Bath is good for shopping or just wandering around and there are
plenty of places to eat and drink.

I could recommend a visit to the Assembley Rooms and the Museum of
Costume. This museum is different and is well laid out. It
chronologically provides an interesting insight into changing fashion
over the decades..

Sadly I cannot recommend Mississippi Mud pie in Bath. In fact I
cannot recommend it anywhere in England. In my experience, nobody in
England knows what Mississippi Mud pie should taste like (

Derek
 
Old Dec 16th 2003, 7:14 am   #11
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Hatunen <hatuunen@cox.net> wrote:

    > On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 19:54:02 GMT, "Westside" <westside@aol.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    > >
    > >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    > >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral).
    >
    > But, but... The Canterbury Tales are told by travelers on the
    > *way* to Canterbury. I should think she'd be more interested in
    > the death of Thomas a Becket

Or the "Lady of Bath."

David

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Old Dec 16th 2003, 8:39 am   #12
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Following up to Westside

    >I'm looking for day-trip suggestions from London.
    >My fiancee is leaning towards Canterbury (she studied The Canterbury Tales
    >extensively in college, and is interested in seeing the cathedral). I would
    >love a visit to Canterbury, but the pictures I've seen of Bath are very
    >impressive as well. Which would you choose if you had only one free day?
no contest, Bath.
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Old Dec 16th 2003, 12:26 pm   #13
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In article <brlp8r$pnt$1$8302bc10@news.demon.co.uk>,
mcbrydc@mcbrydc.demon.co.uk (Derek McBryde) wrote:

    > Bath has a cathedral too which is worth visiting.

A pedant writes: an abbey, actually, although certainly a fine one; the
cathedral is in Wells.

ISTM the Solomonic solution for the OP would be a Wife of Bath-themed
visit and then everyone would be happy.
 
Old Dec 16th 2003, 5:34 pm   #14
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On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 13:26:23 +0000 (UTC), barney@cix.compulink.co.uk
wrote:

    >In article <brlp8r$pnt$1$8302bc10@news.demon.co.uk>,
    >mcbrydc@mcbrydc.demon.co.uk (Derek McBryde) wrote:
    >> Bath has a cathedral too which is worth visiting.
    >A pedant writes: an abbey, actually, although certainly a fine one; the
    >cathedral is in Wells.
'strewth, 'tis true.
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Old Dec 17th 2003, 12:17 am   #15
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Last March I spent five days in London and a half day in Bath. The visit to
Bath was the highlight of my trip and I wish that I had had more time to
explore. The town is gorgeous and filled with history.

I have not been to Canterbury, so I have no comment to offer regarding that
town.
 
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