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Take a Dip in Bath
BATH, ENGLAND - Bath, a town founded on top of natural hot springs, is located 97 miles west of London and is a grand town set in the rolling hills of the English countryside.
It was the second stop on a day tour out of London. The two other stops on the tour were the town of Windsor and the Windsor Castle, and the mysterious Stonehenge. I had limited time to visit some of the historical sites outside of London on this trip and I decided this three stop tour would afford me the opportunity to see more in a short period of time . If I had more time, I would have traveled by bus to each site independently, so I would have been able to explore each location at a more leisurely pace, especially in Bath.
In the county of Summerset, England, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture of the town is 18th century Gregorian with all the buildings being constructed with honey colored bath stone. The unity of color of the buildings and their grand stature is both welcoming and pleasing to the eye as you walk through the streets and alleyways of this historic town. This is home of author, Jane Austin of the renowned ‘Pride and Prejudice’. It is a town of about 89,000 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Mineral deposits from the hot mineral water spring
flowing inside the Roman Baths
We first entered the well-preserved historic Roman Baths that was originally a public bath house fed by the waters of local natural, hot, mineral springs and frequented by Romans and Celtics of past eras. Inside the complex were the Sacred Springs, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and a museum. After taking a glass of water from the sacred spring that is supposed to have healing properties, I passed through the museum before entering the Roman Bath.
The bath was a large rectangular pool surrounded by formidable pillars set along a cement lounging deck. In my imagination I could see the Romans lounging in white, flowing togas around the healing waters. Even though there were tourists throughout, it still seemed peaceful and I could easily have spent the afternoon just sitting on the side of the bath absorbing the history.
From the Roman Baths I walked to the plaza adjacent to Bath Abbey. In the plaza there were people sitting on a row of benches and others mulling about as live, music filled the air. I stood at a distance looking up at the amazing architecture of the abbey with fan vaulting towers and large stained glass windows.
This was a town I would have liked to have spent more time in, but we returned to our tour bus and headed for our last stop, Stonehenge. The tour gave me a brief glimpse into the history of the Romans in this area of England, and what a wonderful glimpse it was!