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Bristol

August 3, 2009

Saturday we took the bus and three trains in order to reach Bristol with the intention of seeing the Banksy art exhibit. We left Hay-on-Wye at 10 am and reached Bristol, checked into the hotel and walked to the museum 5 hours later. We had fairly good connections between the bus and each of the trains.

Bristol Temple Mead train station

Bristol Temple Mead train station

Here is our hotel – the Clifton Hotel (the neighborhood is called Clifton).

Clifton Hotel, Bristol

Clifton Hotel, Bristol

Across the street from our hotel –

St Paul's Church, Clifton

St Paul's Church, Clifton

We walked a short distance to the museum.

a street in Bristol

a street in Bristol

We arrived to find this line of people waiting to get into the museum.

People in line to see the Banksy exhibit

People in line to see the Banksy exhibit

The museum closed at 5 pm. They stopped allowing people to join the line at 3 pm. It was just a few minutes after 3 pm. So, we were out of luck for getting in on Saturday. We had to travel (5 hours) back to Hay-on-Wye the next day, so it appeared that we might have come all this way for nothing. The museum was to open at 10 am the next morning and they advised us that people started lining up around 8:30 am. That was going to make it a very close call.

I’ll tell you the rest of the story tomorrow. It’s cruel, I know.

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