Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
29Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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They're obviously not in Bath.
Street after street of three storey honey-coloured stone terraces greet us as we navigate to a public carpark close to the centre of town. (I've fixed the settings on the iPad by copying those on the phone and we now have Vodafone internet on the go.) A short walk leads us to the impressive Bath Cathedral (high Gothic) which featues a staircase carved into either side on the main entrance and angels climbing towards heaven.
Another admission, another audio guide...
Dating from the first century A.D., the Roman baths are an amazing collection of pools and buildings uncovered well below existing street level. Indeed, there is a second midway level visible as water marks on the walls around the baths from a later 6-7th century, well before the next Victorian level of building. The layout, displays and audio commentary are all very well done. Even the toilets are tastefully done with pale grey and brown mosaic tiles to reference the Roman period!
Hot water continues to bubble up through a fault line and into the pools. There are Roman lead pipes still laid in channels in the stone paving and numerous displays outlining Roman life at that time.
The centre of Bath outside contains numerous pedestrian malls, narrow streets and elegant shops. The buildings are decorated with rows of blie and yellow flowers in hanging baskets
After lunch, we return to the car and cruise around the upper reaches of the city, including the famed Royal Crescent... A sweeping semicircle of terraced townhouses looking out over green lawns and public gardens. We cross a toll bridge somewhere just out of town. It is an old oneway stone bridge over the Avon with three men controlling the traffic, including one collecting 60p tolls.
Dinner tonight is the famed Hog Roast at the Fox and Hounds Inn next door. They are enormous serves and it's lucky we only have to roll home one door along.
Bar snacks for tea tomorrow...