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Michael’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Location: B'stol & Gloucester Cheese Rol, England

MapTwo weekends back, (16th May), with the footy match in Chippenham, not too far from Bristol, Spen and his housemate Troy came down for the weekend to play some footy and have some drinks in Bristol. Was a pretty fun weekend, once we actually found somewhere to party on the Saturday night celebrating a big win against the Portsmouth Pirates, and partied till 4am at the local boozer around the corner.

Last week was again, pretty much a work based affair, and then the weekend was the second long weekend in May. Charlotte came down from London on the Friday avo and we spent the weekend together in Bristol. Friday night we headed out to Whiteladies Road for dinner, and then on the Saturday we headed to Bath for the Bath Fringe Festival. It was a beautiful day, and we got off the train and wandered around the town, eventually setting ourselves at the Spiegel Tent that had been set up on the Bath RFC pitch. They had a Bristol jazz group playing in the tent, and we sat out in the Sun having some beers and enjoying the tunes. Later in the set we headed inside for a look around and to enjoy the music a bit louder.

In the evening we headed to Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in Bath. The restaurant didn’t take bookings, and as it was a lovely Saturday night, during the Bath Fringe, despite getting there at 6 pm, we had to wait an hour in line just to get to the bar area, which was a surprisingly short wait afterwards of about 10 minutes, despite being told 45. We started with some lovely olives with our beer, and then I had a delicious succulent steak. It was a great even if simple meal, and the cost was also very reasonable.

After dinner we headed to the comedy club in Bath for an evening of stand-up comedy, before heading out to a couple of the Bath bars and night clubs. Unfortunately the last train was cancelled, so instead we had to catch the replacement bus back to Bristol, and didn’t get in till the early hours of the morning. As such, the Sunday was a very relaxed day with a BBQ in order to make the most of the sunshine.

Finally, the Monday, as it is every year, is the day of the Gloucester Cheese Roll! It had been a few years since I had last been, and with Charlotte driving, we managed to sleep till a reasonable hour on the Sunday, and then had to Coopers Hill. With Clarky driving “Big Yella”, the adopted team footy bus on the day, a bunch of the players and Walkie staff also headed up with cans to make the day a good laugh. The weather held off, and once again, standing on the side of the hill, common sense prevailed and I decided not to hurtle myself down. That and the fact that it was a 2 hour queue to join one of the races. At the end of the event, Charlotte and I desperately looked from country pub to country pub for a meal, but with lunch time over, and dinner not yet starting, we ended up with drive through Maccas on the way home – pretty disappointing! Monday evening was again a low key occasion, getting ready for the grind of another week at work.