Bath (Nathan)

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
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Trip End Oct 27, 2010


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm too sleepy to think up a descriptive title. It's late, it took forever to get the pictures uploaded, and I'm way behind (I have all of London yet to do), so I'm going to be brief... which I was pretty much planning to do anyway for London, so this is just an early start. I have added more captions to the pictures than usual to make up for it a bit.

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... I don't remember most of the details from the audio tour, but it was essentially a place you could go in the 1800s (or maybe even earlier) to get pretty much anything fixed or to buy any kind of engineering equipment you wanted- much of the building was a maze of cubbyholes and boxes and shelves where it was all stored and organized. The owners did all kinds of work, anything that could make a profit, and had an incredible array of tools, of which they claimed only one was bought new. Part of the building was used to make fizzy drinks, and I think they invented the glass sphere stopper- the kind of bottle top where it's a glass sphere held in place by the pressure of the gas in the bottle, and you push it in to open it. If you've ever had a bottle of ramune soda from Japan, you'll know what I'm talking about. It was a great museum, though maybe a little short, and I kept thinking how much the steampunk people at DragonCon would have loved it- it's Steampunk Heaven in there.

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... though, as I soon found out, there are much more impressive ones than Bath Abbey.

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.
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Linda on

WOW-- The Roman Baths are stupendous...........and the stained glass, that must have been amazing to see....Each time I read your blog,I am amazed at how you are able to detail so much of where you had been and what you saw. You must have a computer brain. WELL.. whatever it is.........it is wonderful and I am loving every minute of it

nateandglenn
nateandglenn on

Actually, my memory is pretty terrible. It does help immensely to have photographs to remind me where I've been and what I've been doing!

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