Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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Salisbury Youth Hostel
So, the original plan was to go to Bath, then catch a bus to Glastonbury for a day of King Arthur-related sightseeing (his grave is supposedly there, a good stop after seeing his supposed birthplace). However, it turns out to be pretty much impossible to get a bus from Bath to Glastonbury, even though they're very close, so we gave up on that and decided to just explore Bath for the day.
Our first stop was the Museum of Bath at Work, which was converted from a workshop..
After that we took a free three-hour walking tour. The city provides them with the help of volunteers, and it's a really incredible tour for nothing- long and detailed, lots of photo opportunities, you can leave at any time, and not only is it free, the volunteers REFUSE to take tips. It's free even if you WANT to pay for it, which is something I've never seen before, but heartily endorse. Our guide was quite entertaining without being bombastic- he just acted like a normal person, but was very informative and had a nice sense of humor. The tour covered a lot of architectural and Jane Austeny stuff, and ended at the Roman Baths, which are what Bath is famous for. We saw as much of them as we could without paying a fee, then went to see Bath Abbey, which was beautiful and had a very impressive ceiling. I'd never really been in a European church before, unless you count the tiny chapel in Edinburgh Castle, and it was a breathtaking experience..
I liked Bath overall... it didn't have as much stuff to do as some other places, but it had a very different look than the other cities we'd been to, and the museum and tour were pretty interesting and different. On the train back, I saw another white horse on a hillside, and also something else a few minutes later... it was hard to see and vanished behind some trees before I could photograph it, but it looked kind of like a gumdrop with an eye in the middle and a few rays emanating from its outer skin.