When our week in London was finished it was time to go to Newbury. Now, most people wouldn’t have any reason to go to this small city 55 miles southwest of London. Dave was stationed here in the late 1970’s for three years as there are two small Air Force bases here.
We departed London by walking to the tube then a train to Newbury, then called for the Enterprise rental car, finally getting the car, drove to our hosts home. That is, after we had a great lunch at the Donnington Pub. The Airbnb we arranged on the edge of town was terrific. It was a long day of traveling for us, we collapsed into bed and slept soundly.
Our first full day, we found downtown Newbury and it had changed dramatically since Dave lived here, more than 40 years ago! Instead of a large town, we found a small city with it’s High street closed off to make a walking shopping center. But we found some things that are still there, like the old church, canal and more. A couple things to be mentioned here, this is a neat area of England. It’s out in the country, away from the big cities, the country roads meander through little villages, next to pubs, sheep fields and such.
On our second day, we found one of the AF bases. It’s Sunday and is closed being guarded by Ministry of Defense Police. We take pictures and head up the country lane to find the White Horse of Uffington. Famous for it’s huge carved from the earth chalk horse. When we’d walked enough up and down the hill we left and found a neat country pub, The Rose and Crown. As we pulled into the parking lot we saw it full of Morgan sports cars. A sports car club was having an outing and stopped there for lunch, too! Morgans are still hand made in England on an as ordered basis. Think exclusive and expensive.
There was enough time left in the day for us drive to the city of Bath. An original city made exclusive for and by the Romans when they owned the land. The baths have only been open to the public since the 1970’s after they’d been restored.
The next day was a sobering day as we had to leave our comfy Airbnb, turn in the car, catch our train for Heathrow Airport. We reserved a hotel room at a Holiday Inn so we could catch our flight to the USA easily. We reflect on the fun, learning, the people we’ve met, awesome experiences and the wonderful countryside we’ve been privileged to see in 5 different countries.