It seems that a segment was missing from the Race to get to see Margaret Atwood. As Bernie said, "Easy to find the Church? It was like a part of the Amazing Race."
The last post of Linda and Bernie and Margaret in Bath seemed long enough but Bernie was right. We didn't just stroll to the Church. We powerwalked from Toppings to a more central (to us) location. We were at the point of asking anyone who looked as though they might have ever thought of saying a prayer if they knew where St. Mary's Church was. It had been a long day and Bernie needed a bathroom. She headed down to a restaurant we'd had something to eat at and I stayed in the street looking for likely, possible Christians. A man dressed in what I can only describe as Town Crier garb caught my eye. I turned out he was part of Historical Bath Organization and on his way home. It was his job to help visitors. My heart lifted as he offered to walk with me to point out the street. (By this time, I had no confidence in my ability to follow directions at all.) Bernie was still M.I.A. It was the only time we'd been separated on the trip since we both had a horror of never meeting up again and trying to find our own ways back to Gatwick. Losing my travelling partner would definitely put a damper on the rest of the holiday. I babbled something to the poor man about finding my friend and headed in the opposite direction to the way he wanted to go. Then Bernie showed up. Yahoo. We followed the Town Crier to the right street. "It's only a five or ten minute walk down this street and turn over the bridge."
We thanked him and continued to powerwalk. As it turned out we did have plenty of time BUT every time we'd asked for directions before, our destination was only a five - ten minute walk away. I had to worry it was another case of bullshit BUT this was the one time we got where we were headed in the promised time. We were third people in line and all ended well.
This is truly the end of the memoir of our trip- unless I go into the list of prohibited words and phrases....:D
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.