The Roman Baths of Bath

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A visit to Bath was on the agenda this morning. It actually was fine this morning so all looked good. Did some washing first thing,dried and ironed all before we left. No buses to catch this time. Bath is only 16km from here and the map showed plenty of parking, so decided to take a punt and take Charlie. Last year when we were here the traffic was so heavy and we had all sorts of hassles to get here so gave it all a big miss. More determent this time. Asked Basil for directions before we left and guess what, no problems getting there, plenty of parking for Charlie's size as well. Put our money in the meter and walked to the centre of the city, not very far at all.  Bath is famous for its Roman Baths, the best preserved ancient baths and temple complex in northern Europe. It is here , at the heart of the World Heritage Site of Bath, that the only thermal springs in the UK emerge from deep underground, bringing health and vitality to this beautiful city. The Romans chose this site in the 1st century AD and build the most dramatic suite of public buildings of Roman Britain.It is truly a beautiful sight to see and a great pleasure to walk through the complex. Very well presented and a good effort on blending the old with the new. Well worth seeing.The main bath is still in existence and to this day the walls of the bath are still completely waterproof. Not bad for 2000 years later.
After our visit to the baths, we walked around the inner city to the Jane Austin centre. More to learn about Jane this time. At the top of the road is a circular plaza called the circus. A exclusive housing area with apartments costing over 1 million pounds each. Great to see, but so is  the whole city. The entire city is Unesco Heritage listed so you can image some of the buildings that are there.The Bath Cathedral dominates the centre of the city as well. We did not go onto the cathedral to have a look, decided to give ourselves a break from cathedrals for a bit. Very impressive from the outside though. In between all this we stopped for our coffee break, coffee and bacon sandwich, not bad but the coffee is not very good here , I think France and Spain spoiled us with their coffee. Stopped at the lollie shop to get some boiled sweets, also a couple of pork pies for Rick and some great cheese for both od us. Armed and ready to go home once again. Stopped to enjoy some wonderful street entertainment on our way home.
We had a great time in Bath and are very glad that have returned and take a look at the city this time. It is different, exciting and well worth seeing.
As I am writing this the sun is coming through the window , things are looking up as far as the weather goes. Keeping our fingers crossed.
Tomorrow we will be on our way to Newport, Wales to see Jamie ( old neighbour ) and his family for a couple of days.It will be good to catch up ag
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