Day 19

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Feb 17, 2010


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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ok... So it's Tuesday morning and my day starts.  It is 7am.  Jo and I are up and left the house by 7.30 for me to get the 8.45am train from Cambridge to Kings Cross London. 

I miss the train.

The traffic is that bad trying to drive just 30 miles that I miss the train and Jo doesn't get to work til 9.20 after dropping me up the road from the station.

I manage to get the next train leaving at 9.15am though this train too is delayed by 30mins due to train problems at Paddington and Farringdon.  It was a great start to the day.

Finally Im in Kings Cross about an hour later.  I don't remember any of the trip so Im thinking that I must have slept most of the way.  Here I found my way out of the train station and into the Underground Station and got not one, but TWO undergrounds to Paddington Station where I there got on another train to get to BATH!! 

Finally, im in Bath and it's 12.30pm.  Here, I jumped on the tour bus and did a 60 minute tour of the City.  Bath is breathtaking.  Words, nor pictures really will do it justice.  It is an ancient city that is famous for many things. 

One of which is of course the Roman Baths. This city was founded in 863 BC.  Legend has it that Bladud, son of Hudibras, 8th King of the Britons, contracted leprosy.  He was then banished from court and lived as a swineherd in the marshes. One of the pigs also contracted leprosy but was cured after wallowing in the mud near the springs. Prince Bladud did the same and he, too, was cured and returned to court.  This is the reason the city has statues of pigs all around the place.

The pics I have taken don't really do it any kind of justice, but you can get the idea.  The tour is only 10 and takes you right through them.  You even get a remote like device that you type in the number of the station your at and it will give you the history of what your looking at.  Very cleverly done tour and definately worth doing.   

Here they also have an offering pond.  Again said to be sacred... most likely just to con tourist out of money I would guess.  :o)  However, I threw some coins in for the family and friends and made a wish.  Can't tell though, or it won't come true!! 

Next I went to the Abbey.  This building is beyond words.   It is one of those buildings you could stare at for hours just to try and remember the detail and think about the work that went into it.

Of course Bath is also famous as Jane Austin lived here.  I saw the house that she lived in for a few years.  Though it is said that she actually hated Bath and fainted when she was told that she would have to live there permanently for 5 years.  It is said that Bath just likes to claim her as one of theirs due to her fame. 

Next up... was a dip in the BATH!  This was the best part of the day.  What more could you want - lovely spring water and a view of a brilliant city.  Unfortunately you have to leave your belongings in your locker but check out this website and you will see where I was and the baths I was in.  I had the most perfect day for it from the rooftop baths I could see the whole city and for miles beyond.  It cost 24 for a 2 hour session and was worth every bit of it.  Even though I had laringitis, and Im sure it wasn't the best idea health wise, there was no way I was going to come all this way and not get in them!   Check it out.... www.thermaebathspa.com

After feeling all revitalised, I went for a lovely walk around the town looking in all the little shops.  I walked back to the train station and sadly got back on the train to begin the mornings journey again just in reverse.

Got back home at 9pm and was shattered.  Had some dinner and fell into bed, but so glad that attempt number 2 at getting to bath proved to be well worth it and then some.  Anyone heading to England, definately visit this beautiful city.  I can't wait to go back. 
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