Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
17Trip End Sep 27, 2011
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What I did
Visited the Roman Baths
Bath beautiful Bath. Before our group visit to Bath Brenda and I had caught the train there the previous day while they bowled and I headed straight for Thermai Spa, right in the centre of Bath where we spent several hours in beautiful warm spa pools. First the Minerva pool which was indoors and had gentle flowing current taking you around the outside of the pool, a lovely spa area and a huge spray fountain to sooth those aching muscles. Next were the Steam rooms where we could breathe in the soothing vapours and then stand under a huge waterfall shower to cool off, followed by a foot spa. The Open air rooftop pool, The Royal Bath was next and we floated around whilst enjoying spectacular views over the city of Bath and surrounding hills, heaven!
The following day we arrived in Bath around mid morning and immediately the magnificent city came into view with every building made from the cream Bath ulytic sandstone
At Bath Abbey in the very centre of town, we got off and visited the famous Bath Abbey built in the 15th Century. The magnificent vaulted ceiling and huge stained glass windows were amazing. For the next hour or so we strolled around the central town square taking in all the unique architecture and watching street performers of all kinds. I showed Geoff where I had been the day before at the Thermai Spa and then he waited around the square while I took a taxi back to the Royal Crescent to get that elusive photo that was obscured by trees on the bus tour.
A mobile sausage cart was our choice for lunch and soon after we all gathered at the Roman Baths for our 2 o'clock tour. The Romans developed the present site of the Baths soon after they landed in Britain in AD43. The water is an ancient rain which fell about 10,000 years ago and penetrated deep into the earth, rising when it had been warmed by the heat of the earth's core and re-appeared to the surface at the temperature of 46.5˚C.
It was spectacular even though we had been there before, its waters green but with a magical appeal, surrounded by stone columns and statues of Roman Emperors
All too soon it was time to leave and it was back on the Hop on Hop off bus to complete the circuit. This time we had a live guide providing the commentary. We finished where we had started at the bus station and were soon back in the chaotic traffic of Bath which was quite a challenge but our faithful Tom Tom negotiated it all and with regret we left this beautiful city.
After about twenty minutes we arrived at Castle Combe via tiny roads and even some lanes through heavily wooded areas. This tiny town has often been judged to be England’s most beautiful village and we had to park and walk down into it. All the houses were joined and their tiny front facades were like dolls houses with wee windows to match. Our cameras worked overtime as we strolled along. A table outside one house offered freshly baked cakes and muffins to buy with a sign telling us to drop the money through the mail slot in the door, so we did. We welcomed a coffee break in the little pub and sat outside looking right down the length of the main street (the only street).
Off again and heading back to Devizes we planned a stop at Lacock Abbey but alas it was closed and so had to be content with a glimpse from the roadside. Weary after a long day, we pulled into the hotel and after freshening up had round two at the carvery. What a fantastic day.