Wednesday, September 30, 2009

39 girls do Northern England- Day 2, Fountains Abbey

                                                           A Mary Poppins Moment

Today we got up, got dressed, and hit the road for a place called Fountains Abbey. I had no idea what this place was like, but I can now say it is one of the prettiest places I have ever been. We had a short 15 minute walk to the actual abbey, and the walk itself was gorgeous (see pictures above). When we got the abbey I was in awe. It is a bunch of ruins that date back to the 1100s. The monks left York and came here and built it. It's massive, but so beautiful. It is so old that grass has grown within it, on it, and around it. They gave us 2 hours to wander the grounds and enjoy ourselves. We took millions of pictures in the abbey and then Cath, Abby, and I wandered down to the water garden. It was amazing as well. It is a manmade lake that was built in the 1700s. It was so green and peaceful and pretty. There were statues and other structures along the way that made it really neat. I honestly couldn't get enough of it. When it was time to head back to the bus I was sad to say goodbye.



After we left the Abbey we stopped in a small town for lunch. I got a delicious tuna melt panini. Nothing could have tasted better. From there our coach took us to the Lake District. We checked in to our hostel (I roomed with Cath, Courtney, and Jennifer) and then went to town for a few hours. The Lake District is gorgeous. It has the prettiest scenery. There's just green grass, green mountains, and peaceful blue lakes everywhere. Cath, Abby, Kristin, and I ended up wandering through a few of the shops and stopping for a Diet Coke at Costa Coffee. When it was time we drove back to our hostel, ate an adequate dinner, and headed to bed. It was a great day!

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