Day in Bath

Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
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Trip End Oct 11, 2013


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today we woke to fog, fog, fog, which didn't clear until 2pm and we had a little sun peep. It has not been cold however. We posted 5 kilos of "stuff" back to Hoppers this morning - admittedly the heavy portion of that was binoculars. Paul and I have spent most of the day around the city precinct, walking and riding the hop on hop off bus. Bath has a population of 100,000 and is a city with 7 major hills, so we went on the "Skyline" tour and then the "City" tour. This town, aside from being famous for its water (similar to Daylesford), is famous for its stone - bath stone - and In early days was mined underneath current buildings, so much so that some of the areas we travelled are having trouble with subsidence. In one specific area in the hills, they have had to underpin a whole suburb to stop the houses falling. Any construction in Bath today has to be off bath stone, so much of the city looks the same. The Abbey Cathedral in the city centre has so many rotting old dead saints in it that the floor is starting to cave in. It will be an interesting challenge for Jesus on the last day. The Cathedral is beautiful - and being made of bath stone is much lighter inside than most cathedrals.
We met Dave and Janet, Catherine and Geoff for dinner at Witherspoon's (those with English connections will know the brand). It was steak night - steak with salad, veg, chips or baked potato and a wine, beer, soft drink for 9 pound each. Came home and enjoyed cheese and biscuits - yum.
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