Today, we paid another visit to Kingston Lacy, and the house was open, so we visited the house for the first time ever.
We’ve recently joined the National Trust, and as it was a really nice day today, we decided that we’d take a trip to Stourhead in Wiltshire for the day. It turned out only to be about an hours drive from Poole, and I have to say that I’ll definitely be making another couple of trips here, including one in the autumn when the leaves change colour.
Today, we took an organised trip around the well trodden path of The Golden Circle, which included a stop at Geysir, Gulfoss Falls and finally, and most interestingly to me a stop at Þingvellir National Park, which is one of the few places on the planet where you can see the Mid Atlantic Ridge above sea level.
As this birthday was a landmark one, Manda and I treated ourselves to a trip to Iceland for my birthday with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. The holiday didn’t start well, with the flight from Gatwick of Keflavik being delayed by 5 hours due to high winds in Iceland. This essentially wiped out our first day in Reykjavik, which was a bit of a bugger to say the least.
Today, the weather wasn’t great, but as we were booked in for a trip to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, this wasn’t a deal breaker. The trip to the Blue Lagoon had a late pickup at 12:00, so we had a bit of a wander around Reykjavik in the morning and found a number of large murals painted by Guido Van Helten on the ‘Loftkastalinn’ building.
I have to confess that a day at a spa is not my normal thing, but being a geologist, the fact that it was a geothermal spa meant that I did find it a bit more interesting.
Here are the best of the photos from today.