|Phantom and Neptune in Bristol!|
I arrived in Bristol in very good time and checked in the Premier Inn on King Street in the Old Town. After freshening up and getting my bearings I made my way to the Bristol Hippodrome via Bella Italia for my dinner! I met up with Vivienne and Pearl briefly before the evening performance of The Phantom of the Opera. Despite another uncomfortable seat (I then made a mental note that I will only book stall seats from now on!) I enjoyed the performance and the more I see the production the more it grow on me. Vivienne, Pearl and I met up at Stage Door and we were able to chat to some members of the cast including Anthony Gabriele and John Owen Jones. I remember Anthony Gabriele from Three Phantoms concert last year in Plymouth. I also met Naomi who asked me to take a photo of her and Simon Bailey (Raoul) despite my limited experience using an I Phone as a camera lol! In all it was a wonderful evening and I return to my hotel feeling very satisfied.
|Pearl, Vivienne and Anthony Gabriele (Musical Director)|
|Phantom at the Hippodrome|
|Phantom advertised in the local car park!|
I spent the following day exploring Bristol. I joined a city walking tour only to get caught in the rain but I enjoyed the tour visiting the old city and the harbourside. I was fascinated with Bristol’s social history especially during the poignant times such as the Slave Trade and the decline of the docks activity. After the walking tour, I did some individual exploration including a comfort stop at the Rummer Hotel, was the city’s oldest inn, for coffee and its wonderful courgette cake (just taste like carrot cake lol!)
|Queen Square, Bristol|
Photos of the Markets and The Exchange, Old City, Bristol
Later on in the day I did a city docks boat tour on the Floating Harbour which was a lot of fun! It was an interesting tour as we spotted the SS Great Britain on our travels.
|SS Great Britain, Bristol|
|Council Buildings, Bristol|
On the Sunday I went across to Bath for a couple of days visiting sights I didn’t get chance to on past visits before returning home.
|Rooftops of Bath|
|St Michael's and All Angels, Bath|
|Bath's Spa Quarter|
|Statue of Water Goddess outside Bath Abbey|